Big Bash League Predictions: Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder
January 18, 2020 Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
Sydney Thunder will be looking to turn their fortunes around when they take on arch-rivals Sydney Sixers in the 42nd game of Big Bash League 2019-20 at Sydney Showground Stadium on Saturday.
In a rain-curtailed game,
Sydney Thunder are coming on the back of a narrow defeat in a rain-curtailed game against Melbourne Renegades at Canberra. They are currently lying in the bottom half of the league table with 9 points in 10 matches.
On the other hand, Sydney Sixers’ previous fixture against Hobart Hurricanes was abandoned due to heavy showers.
Sydney Thunder performance in Big Bash League:
Sydney Sixers’ previous fixture was abandoned due to heavy showers. For the Sixers, the match against Thunder is an opportunity to get back to winning ways. The franchise is currently placed second in the league table with 13 points from 10 matches.
In the batting department, the focus will be on the in-form wicket-keeper batsman Josh Phillipe who is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer with 277 runs. Phillipe perished for a low score before heavy rains came down at Sydney Showground Stadium.
On the other hand, Daniel Hughes has chipped in with decent scores for the side in this year’s competition. He has accumulated 231 runs in 10 innings at an average of 25.66. In the rain-curtailed game played against Hobart Hurricanes, Hughes looked in good touch with the bat and scored 26 not out off 22 balls with the help of two boundaries.
Middle-order comprising of James Vince, Moises Henriques and Jordan Silk will be looking to deliver decent scores for the side in this contest.
The onus will be on the likes of Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis and Jackson Bird to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Ben Manenti and Steve O’Keefe are prominent spin options for this game
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Predicted line-up:
Sydney Thunder: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe
Sydney Sixers: Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Justin Avendano, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Manenti
It will be the fourth of five games to be played at Sydney Showground Stadium during Big Bash League 2019-20.
During the first game played at the venue, Melbourne Stars won the game by 3-wicket, chasing a target of 143.
the 2nd game was affected by rain and Brisbane Heat won it by 16 runs by DLS method after posting 119 runs in just 8 overs.
Sydney Thunder won the 3rd game by 4-wicket, chasing a target of 163.
All the five games played at the venue last season were won by the team defending the total.
164 was the average first inning score in those 5 games.
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Predictions
- Last time the local rivals ended the game with a Super Over, Sydney Sixers winning the clash. 298 runs were scored and 30 boundaries were in that game.
- Lloyd Pope picked 3 wickets against Sydney Thunder when these two sides faced each other earlier this season.
- Daniel Sams has picked 17 wickets at an average of 16.23 and is leading the bowling charts of Big Bash League so far.
- Sydney Sixers have been dominating the local rivalry between the two teams by 11-5.
- Daniel Sams need 2 more wickets to become Sydney Thunder’s all time 3rd highest wicket-taker. He has picked 32 so far.