Ben Cutting top scored for the Heat against Chennai. Source: Michael Klein/foxsports.com.au
The Brisbane Heat’s miserable Champions League Twenty20 campaign in India comes to an end when they face the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Ahmedabad on Monday night (AEST). While the Heat have lost all three of their matches in the tournament, the Sunrisers still have some hope of reaching the semi-finals, although that hope will be extinguished if the Titans beat Trinidad & Tobago immediately prior to this match.
With this match effectively a dead rubber for Brisbane, coach Stuart Law may elect to experiment with his side and give some of the fringe players an opportunity to gain experience on the big stage. Top order batsman Alex Kemp is the only member of the squad yet to play a game in India and could be given a chance in the Heat’s fragile batting lineup, while Dom Michael will continue at the top despite making a duck on debut against Chennai. Peter Forrest and Alistair McDermott missed out against the Super Kings but could make their way back into the XI.
The Sunrisers have been heavily reliant on skipper Shikhar Dhawan and his opening partner Parthiv Patel but the other batsmen have failed to fire in the sides past two defeats, so former Australian T20 captain Cameron White could be recalled. White scored 25 batting at five in the qualifier that Hyderabad lost to Otago last week but hasn’t featured since and could replace allrounder Darren Sammy in the XI. Legspinner Karn Sharma is likely to feature for the Sunrisers given the trouble Brisbane has had against spinners throughout the tournament.
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