The Big Bash League 2021-22 season is nearing its end, and the 50th game will be a Sydney derby between the Sixers and the Thunder. The Sydney Sixers come in with a huge win over the Melbourne Renegades and will be full of confidence. The Sydney Thunder was defeated by the Hobart Hurricanes in their most recent game.
The Sydney Sixers had won the previous game between the two teams this season, which would boost their confidence. Thunder, on the other hand, would be no pushover given how they have dominated the proceedings for the majority of the season. We anticipate a close game that will go down to the wire in this game.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 15th, 2022 at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder, 50th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: January 15, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 1:10 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Team Previews
Moises Henriques’ team got back on track with a big win over the Melbourne Renegades in their last game. The team that had struggled in previous games performed admirably in the last game, winning by 45 runs. They defeated Sydney Thunder earlier in the season, and Henriques hopes to use that as motivation. To win this game, his team would have to be at its best.
Josh Phillippe and Jack Edwards are a strong opening pair for the side, and they should get some runs here. With Daniel Hughes, Henriques, and Daniel Christian on the team, the middle order is formidable. Thunder has a strong bowling attack, and these players will need to score quickly to lay the groundwork for Shadab Khan, Hayden Kerr, and Sean Abbott to launch an attack in the final overs.
Jackson Bird and Sean Abbott are bowling good lines, but they must strike with the new ball because their opponents have good top-order firepower. Toddy Murphy and Kerr bowled good lines in the previous game, and the same can be expected here. The side has a lot of bowling options with Ben Dwarshuis, Christian, and Khan in the attack.
Sydney Sixers Squad
Sean Abbott, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince, Chris Jordan, Jackson Bird, Nick Winter, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Todd Murphy, Shadab Khan, Steve OKeefe, Justin Avendano
Predicted XI: Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe (wk), Jack Edwards, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Hayden Kerr, Shadab Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Todd Murphy
After six straight victories, Jason Sangha’s team was defeated by the Hobart Hurricanes by 9 runs in a close game. They had it in the bag after a strong start, but a middle-order collapse cost them the game. After losing to the Sixers earlier in the season, Sangha would like to see his players put on a good show and build momentum heading into the playoffs.
Alex Hales has been in excellent form, and the team will be hoping for a strong start from him and Matthew Gilkes in this game. The middle-order has performed admirably in the tournament, and the trio of Sangha, Daniel Sams, and Oliver Davies will be hoping for another strong performance. The team has good hitters down the order, and runs from Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt, and Nathan McAndrew are expected.
Their bowlers didn’t have the best of days in the previous game, so Mohammad Hasnain and Gurinder Sandhu would need to take early wickets. Tanveer Sangha has previously troubled batsmen, and he will look to do so again in this game. In this game, the team would also like to see tight spells from Sams and McAndrew.
Sydney Thunder Squad
Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja (c), Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Oliver Davies, Sam Billings, Saqib Mahmood, Jason Sangha, Arjun Nair, Gurinder Sandhu, Sam Whiteman, Lachlan Hearne, Mohammad Hasnain
Predicted XI: Jason Sangha (c), Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha, Mohammad Hasnain
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Toss Prediction
As we have seen in the past, the wicket here is expected to be best for batting in the first innings, and bowlers, particularly spinners, are likely to get a lot of assistance as the pitch wears down. In this game, the team that wins the toss will almost certainly choose to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
In recent games played at Sydney Cricket Ground, the batting surface has been excellent. Batsmen perform well once their eyes are trained. Fast bowlers benefit from the surface’s bounce and carry, while spinners enjoy the track’s ability to generate good turn from the wicket.
On January 15, we expect clear skies over Sydney, and the weather will be ideal for a high-scoring game. The wicket is flat, so there will most likely be a lot of runs. Bowlers would struggle on this surface, and the team batting first would aim to score 180 runs.
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Match Prediction
Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs and will look to put their skills to the test here. Sydney Thunder comes into this game after a loss, and they’d like to get back on track. Their bowling attack took a beating in the previous game and must recover. The Sixers have always had a strong home record, and they would be heavy favourites here.
Sydney Sixers is the favourite to beat Sydney Thunder at the odds of 1.90.
- The Sydney Sixers play at home, where they have a good record and are familiar with the conditions.
- Sydney Thunder would be without their regular captain, Chris Green, which would be a significant loss for the team.
- Hayden Kerr and Sean Abbott of the Sixers have taken 32 wickets between them and bowled the team to victory.