Can Sixers neutralise the Thunder storm?
Sydney Thunder to win the match!
Australian cricket fans are having a great time with the Boxing Day test and they would love to tune into BBL action for some fast-paced T20 matches.
Sydney Thunder started the tournament in a good note with two wins out of their three matches and one math ending as a No-result due to bizarre smog which resulted in bad air quality. Sydney Sixers are whirlwind season with two wins out of four matches. Both their wins came against the Perth Scorchers team. Both teams will look to move to leap ahead in the points table with a crucial win. The winner of this match may raise the top position of the points table for the time being.
Sixers are having a rollercoaster ride with 2 wins and 2 losses. Joshua Philippe scored a magnificent 81 in their opening match to tame the chase of 132 against Perth Scorchers. Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, and James Vince have come up with crucial 30+ knocks but yet to score a fifty this season.
Their lower-order contribution from Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, and Ben Manenti is helping the team post an above par score.
Their bowlers have performed well in three matches except for their match against Brisbane Heat where they gave over 200 runs. Sean Abbott is their leading wicket-taker with 9 wickets at an economy of 7.5 RPO. Ben Manenti, Ben Dwarshius, and Tom Curran have 6 wickets each so far and are picking wickets at regular intervals. Jackson Bird took 3 wickets in his first match and made his presence straightaway.
Moises Henriques – Henriques got starts of 35 & 20 in the last two matches at a strike rate of over 140 but failed to convert them into big innings. He will look to score big and lead his team from the front in this match.
Tom Curran – Curran`s 42 with the bat made the big difference to their final score the last match. He also has taken 6 wickets so far and proving to be a vital member of the team with his all-round performance.
Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope, Jackson Bird
Jack Edwards, Hayden Kerr, B Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Sean Abbott, Lloyd Pope
Sydney Thunder has scored 170+ runs in both their matches and they ended up winning the respective matches. Skipper Callum Ferguson, Alex Hales, and Usman Khawaja have scored 50+ runs and are looking in good touch.
Their lower order of Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, and Mathew Gikes are yet to make a mark in the limited opportunities they have got so far.
Their bowling attack has performed well as a unit with different bowlers registering their name in the wickets column. Daniel Sams is their leading wicket-taker with 6 wickets in the 3 matches. Chris Morris and Chris Tremain are the pace bowlers in the playing XI and bowling effectively so far. The spin trio of Arjun Nair, Chris Green, and Jonathan Cook form a superb combination and opposition batsmen have struggled against them.
Callum Ferguson – Callum Ferguson is looking in good form and has scored 104 runs at a strike rate of 165. He looked good for his unbeaten 27 off 14 balls before the match was canceled last night with 6 boundaries.
Chris Green – Chris Green is evolving as one of T20 specialists with his experience of playing different T20 leagues. He has 2 wickets at an economy of 6.5 RPO so far.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook, Matthew Gilkes (wk)
Alex Hales, CP Tremain, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Matthew Gilkes, Christopher Green, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Jonathan Cook, Alex Ross
The weather looks cloudy and dark but it has very less rain chances. We can expect a full match between these two teams with no interruptions.
Brisbane scored over 200 runs at this venue the last match and we can expect some big scores in this match too. Spinners enjoyed the slowness of the track especially in the second innings and will play a big role in this match.
Sixers chose to chase in both the matches so far. They will look to repeat the same as it is a high scoring venue and any score less than 170 is unsafe.
Sydney Thunder has a good batting unit that has scored consistently at the top and Sixers batting unit is struggling to put a big score on board. Both teams have a good bowling unit with different bowlers coming up with wickets in each match. Sydney Thunder is in good form and momentum this season when compared to the Sixers.
Sydney Thunder to win the match!