After a win against the Strikers on Friday night, the Brisbane Heat head to Canberra on Sunday to play the Sydney Thunder in another knock out final.
Despite losing the toss and being asked to bowl first the Heat were far too good for Adelaide. I was impressed with their ability to bowl lots of dot balls to the likes of Carey and Head which built pressure. This was backed up in the field with the important run out of Jake Weatherald by Marnus Labauschagne and a superb catch from Ben Laughlin. The Strikers total of 130, despite a couple of early wickets, was never going to be enough. The Heat chasing the runs four wickets down in the end.
Sydney Thunder have had another very good season and will fancy their chances to win this years competition. Their batting has a good mix of both class and power and features the leading run scorer in the competition Alex Hales. Whilst the addition of quick Adam Milne and young leg spinner Tanveer Sangha have been vital to their bowling efforts.
The Thunder are sweating on the availability of their striker bowler Daniel Sams who has missed the last three matches with injury. Sams also has the ability to clear the fence at the back end of the batting innings so is a crucial cog in their wheel.
Assuming that Sams is right to play, I fancy the Thunder to take care of the Heat here. They have a more dynamic batting order and gain a huge advantage playing at Manuka Oval.