Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder

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The Brisbane Heat  can keep their faint finals hopes alive by beating Sydney Thunder  at the Gabba on Tuesday night. After starting the competition with four straight defeats, the Heat can salvage an unlikely finals berth if they record a convincing win over Sydney and other results go their way. International recruits Daniel Vettori  played a big part in the team’s last win over the Melbourne Renegades, and will be joined in the Heat lineup by Brendon McCullum  for this match. He will form a dynamic opening partnership  with veteran Matthew Hayden , who has turned back the clock with his hard hitting at the top of the order, while Alister McDermott’s death bowling has been another feature.

In direct contrast, Sydney Thunder has fallen in a heap after starting the tournament promisingly. After starting the competition with back-to-back wins, they have lost their past four matches and can no longer qualify for the semi-finals. Jamaican master blaster Chris Gayle  has played a lone hand for the team with the bat, with no other batsman making any score of note.

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