The battle of nerves in the Sydney Derby between Thunder and Sixers
Sydney Sixers Women to win
|Melbourne Stars Women||12||8||1||0||0||19||0|
|Brisbane Heat Women||12||6||4||0||1||14||0.43|
|Sydney Thunder Women||11||5||4||0||0||12||0.322|
|Perth Scorchers Women||12||5||5||0||0||12||0.255|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||12||5||6||0||0||11||0.171|
|Sydney Sixers Women||11||4||5||0||0||10||-0.105|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||12||3||7||0||0||8||0|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||12||3||7||0||1||8||-1.011|
The 48th game of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 between the Sydney Thunder Women and Sydney Sixers Women is nicely set-up. Both the sides have 10 points after 11 games and the side that wins this one would increase its odds of making it to the semifinals. Sydney Thunder Women ended their losing run with a win against Perth Scorchers in the last game. Sydney Sixers on the other hand come here after a loss against the Brisbane Heat.
The contest would be close between the two sides as they have had similar trajectories. Both the sides had started the tournament well but seem to have lost form in last few games. They have enjoyed a good rivalry and none of the teams can claim to have dominated. There is lot at stake for both the teams here and hence we expect to see a good contest in this Sydney Derby.
Rachael Haynes’ side came up with a good show in the last game against the Melbourne Renegades Women to win it by 8 wickets. This win would have boosted the confidence in the camp at this crucial juncture of the tournament. Haynes would want her girls to carry this momentum into the next game and win it opening up their chances of making it to the semi-final.
Openers Rachel Trenaman and Tammy Beaumont offered a good start to the side in the last game and the side would need a similar performance from them here. Heather Knight and Haynes set up a match winning stand in the last game and they will need to play a vital role here. With Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson and Phoebe Litchfield to follow their batting looks good.
Shabnim Ismail and Samantha Bates were economical win the new ball in the last game and the side would want them to strike early. Sammy-Jo Johnson, Lauren Smith and Hannah Darlington were able to restrict the run flow in the last game and they would be looking to exploit the weakness that Sixers have shown in the last few games.
Rachael Haynes (c), Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Phoebe Litchfield, Rachel Trenaman, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson (wk), Hannah Darlington, Lauren Smith, Shabnim Ismail, Samantha Bates
Rachel Trenaman, Lauren Smith, Phoebe Litchfield, Shabnim Ismail, Sam Bates, Hannah Darlington, Sammy Jo Johnson, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Tahlia Wilson, Rachael Haynes
Ellyse Perry’s side has hit a mental obstacle and this was on display in their 3-wicket loss against Brisbane Heat Women in the last game. They have now lost five games in a row and this is bound to hurt the confidence in the camp. Perry would have to use all her experience and lift the spirit of her players as they go into the most important game of the season.
The opening pair of Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy has provided good starts to the side and being the most experienced players they will have to lay a strong platform. Dane van Niekerk played well in the last game but she will need support from Erin Burns and Marizanne Kapp who haven’t scored runs in the last few games. Angela Reakes and Jodie Hicks add good firepower down the order.
Kapp and Perry are making good use of the new ball and they will have to inflict early wounds on the Thunder batting in this game. The trio of Dane van Niekerk, Lauren Cheatle and Stella Campbell need to bowl well in the middle overs as they have leaked runs in the last five games leading to the side’s losses.
Ellyse Perry (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Marizanne Kapp, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Angela Reakes, Lisa Griffith, Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Aley, Stella Campbell, Jodie Hicks
|D van Niekerk||31||33||4||0||93.94|
|D van Niekerk||4.0||0||24||2||6|
|D van Niekerk||4.0||0||24||2||6|
Angela Reakes, Stella Campbell, Lisa Griffith, Sarah Aley, Jodie Hicks, Ellyse Perry, Erin Burns, Emma Hughes, Marizanne Kapp, Alyssa Healy, Dane van Niekerk
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0.14 mm.||4.94 k/h||From: ENE||71%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||5.95 k/h||From: ENE||33%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||6.99 k/h||From: ENE||15%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||6.16 k/h||From: NE||1%|
|12h||18||0 mm.||4.82 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||3.54 k/h||From: N||19%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||2.37 k/h||From: NNW||35%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||2.51 k/h||From: N||53%|
The skies over Sydney would be slightly cloudy on November 18 and this would put additional pressure on the batters who will have to mix aggression with caution. There would be seam and swing on the surface and the side batting first would be happy to get past a score of 140 runs here.
Sydney Showground Stadium’s pitch has been tough for the batters in the last few games as it has slowed down and batters are finding it difficult to adjust to the pace and bounce on the surface. Fast bowlers are enjoying the conditions at the moment. Spinners have done well here as there is good turn on offer.
The conditions in Sydney have favored the bowlers in most of the games this season as batting has been difficult. Sides have preferred to chase knowing the victory target in mind. Both the captains would prefer to play safe here and we expect the side winning the toss to opt for bowling first in this game.
Sydney Thunder Women would be relieved to have won their previous game which has ended their losing run. The side still has several issues with the form of their batters as well as bowlers. Sydney Sixers haven’t fared better either and come here with five consecutive losses. There isn’t much to choose between the two teams but Sixers have more depth in both departments with several all-rounders and this would put them nose ahead in the game.
Sydney Sixers Women to win