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Toss Winner - Sydney Thunder won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sydney Sixers beat Sydney Thunder by 60 runs
Sydney Thunder’s challenge against Sixers in latter's home turf
Sydney Sixers to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Big Bash League 2021-22 is in the final leg of league games and the 50th game would be a Sydney derby with the Sixers taking on Thunder. The Sydney Sixers come here with a massive win against the Melbourne Renegades and they would be high on confidence. Sydney Thunder suffered a surprising loss against Hobart Hurricanes in the last game.
Sydney Sixers had won the previous game of the season between the two teams and this would add to their confidence. But Thunder would be no pushover given the way they have dominated the proceedings for most of the season. We expect to see a tight contest in this game which is expected to go down the wire.
Moises Henriques’ side returned to form with a big win against the Melbourne Renegades in their last game. The side which had shown signs of struggle in previous games played well to register a 45-run win in the last game. They had defeated Sydney Thunder earlier in the season and Henriques would like to treat that as an inspiration. His side would need to be at its best to win this game.
Josh Phillippe and Jack Edwards form a strong opening pair and the side would expect to see runs from them here. The middle-order is formidable with Daniel Hughes, Henriques, and Daniel Christian in the team. Thunder have a good bowling attack and these guys would have to score quick runs and set up a platform for the likes of Shadab Khan, Hayden Kerr, and Sean Abbott to launch an attack in the final overs.
Jackson Bird and Sean Abbott are bowling good lines and they must strike with the new ball as their opponents have good firepower at the top. Toddy Murphy and Kerr bowled good lines in the last game and the same would be expected from them here. With Ben Dwarshuis, Christian, and Khan in the attack, the side has lots of bowling options.
Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe (wk), Jack Edwards, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Hayden Kerr, Shadab Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Todd Murphy
Hayden Kerr, Jack Edwards, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, DT Christian, Jordan Silk, Jackson Bird, Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe
After six consecutive wins, Jason Sangha’s side suffered a loss going down against the Hobart Hurricanes by 9 runs in a close game. They had it in the bag with a good start, but a middle-order collapse resulted in their defeat. Having lost to the Sixers earlier in the season Sangha would like to see a good show from his players and build momentum ahead of the playoffs.
Alex Hales has been in terrific form and the side would look for a positive start from him and Matthew Gilkes in this game. The middle-order has done well in the tournament and the trio of Sangha, Daniel Sams, and Oliver Davies would look forward to a good show from them. The side has good hitters down the order and runs would be expected from Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt, and Nathan McAndrew.
Their bowlers didn’t have the best of days in the last game and the side would need early wickets from Mohammad Hasnain and Gurinder Sandhu. Tanveer Sangha has troubled batsmen, and he would look to do the same in this game. The side would also like to see tight spells from Sams and McAndrew in this game.
Jason Sangha (c), Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha, Mohammad Hasnain
Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Christopher Green, Matthew Gilkes, Mohammad Hasnain, Alex Ross, Tanveer Sangha, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Oliver Davies, Nathan McAndrew
We expect to see clear skies over Sydney on January 15 and the weather is expected to be great for a high-scoring game. The wicket is flat, and we are likely to see lots of runs. Bowlers would have a tough time on this surface and the side batting first would aim to put 180 runs on the board.
Sydney Cricket Ground has seen a good surface to bat on in recent games that have been played here. Batsmen do well once they get their eyes set in. Fast bowlers do get good bounce and carry from the surface and spinners love the track here as they can generate good turn from the wicket.
The wicket here is expected to be best for batting in the 1st innings and bowlers especially spinners are likely to get a lot of assistance as the pitch wears down as we have seen in the past. The side winning the toss in this game would have very little hesitation in opting to bat first.
Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs and hence they would look to test their strengths here. Sydney Thunder come here with a loss, and they would like to get back to winning. Their bowling attack took a beating in the last game and must come out of it. The Sixers have always enjoyed a good record at home, and they would start favorites here.
Sydney Sixers to win
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