Brisbane Feeling The Heat In India

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Chris Lynn failed to fire against Trinidad & Tobago. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Big Bash champion Brisbane Heat  will be looking to get its Champions League Twenty20 campaign back on track when it faces the Titans  at Mohali on Tuesday night (AEST). With both sides suffering defeats in their opening fixtures, this is shaping as a must win clash, with the loser likely to bow out of the tournament.

With Luke Pomersbach, Shane Watson and Thisara Perera all unavailable, the Heat lacked firepower at the top of the order against the Caribbean champions and will be looking for more impetus with the bat at Mohali, with Joe Burns the only player to pass 20 in the tournament opener. Skipper James Hopes and former Australian representative Peter Forrest will be expected to make more of a contribution in the top three after failing to get going against Trinidad and will need to make a significant contribution it Brisbane is going to hit a winning score. Coach Stuart Law may elect to strengthen his middle order given his side could only muster 110 at Ranchi, meaning Dom Michael or Alex Kemp could be in line for a Twenty20 debut.

Like their opponents, the Titans lost their opening game, after failing to defend 185 against the Chennai Super Kings, and will be playing for their survival in the competition. South African stars Henry Davids and AB de Villiers both struck half centuries on the weekend and will again be tasked with leading their side to a big score. It is not only the Titans batting that has good depth however, with the South African franchise also boasting a strong bowling attack, led by Morne Morkel.

The team that wins the toss is likely to bowl first at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in this match, with five of the six qualifying matches played at this ground won by the chasing side.

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