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Sydney Sixers vs. Sydney Thunder : THE CROSS TOWN RIVALRY AT IT’S BEST || Big Bash League 2020-21

Big Bash League 2020-21 Match 48

Sydney Sixers vs. Sydney Thunder Match Prediction – Fri, 22nd January

The Sixers Will Be Hard To Oppose Right Now:

The excellent news for Sixers fans is that they look secured on for a Top 2 finish after creating an eight-point edge over the second-spot Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Stars – and a nine-point margin over their cross-town rivals, Sydney Thunder.

They’d pretty much have to lose all their outstanding three matches and see two of those franchises just below them win their residual games while also gathering a couple of bonus points for them to miss out. They should be eyeing for the smaller goals than looking out too far ahead. 

The even superior news is that they can call up two of their best and most skilled players if they want. Sean Abbott and Moises Henriques have been injured on and off since the beginning of the Bash but wouldn’t have been able to play anyhow because they weren’t out from International duty.

They’re available now, and Henriques should space in at number five with Justin Avendano probable to make way and Dan Hughes and James Vince both rising a spot. Sean should come into the bowling unit withJake Ball or Jackson Bird or taking a break.

Possible playing XI: Josh Philippe (WK), Moises Henriques, Carlos Brathwaite, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Jake Ball, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (C), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Ben Manenti.

Can The Big Guys Shine For Thunder?

Sydney Thunder has somewhat lost their charm of late. They’ve now been defeated in their last three games, one against the Sixers. From a situation where they were nearly confident of making the qualifiers themselves, they would perhaps be pleased to negotiate for a third or fourth spot now.

As disturbing a problem as their form is the loss of Daniel Sams to injury. He’s been one of their best men and a key player with the bat, establishing a fiery lower-middle order with Ben Cutting. And perhaps a handy bowler to chip in with quick wickets.

He got injured in his wrist last time out and will now only be open for the knockouts’ back end if the franchise makes it that far. They have men to do a similar job with the ball but not with the bat as well. They’ve just been underprivileged of their trump card.

It also doesn’t aid that after an upbeat start inaugural to the campaign. The young gun Oliver Davies is going through a wrong spot with the bat, having scored 2, 0, and 0 in his recent three outings.

Possible playing XI: Usman Khawaja, Chris Green, Ben Cutting, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Brendan Doggett, Oliver Davies, Adam Milne

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The Sydney Thunder will take on the Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval in the Big Bash League 2020-21 on 22nd January.

The 48th match of the season will host the Sydney derby for the second time in this tournament. The Adelaide Oval is known to support the batsmen. Nevertheless, the bowlers can also benefit from the wicket if they get their line on the spot. A score of 170 runs is anticipated to be par on this venue. Considering the batting conditions, the captains will be eager to bat first on winning the bat flip.

Sixers Favourites over Thunder:

It is risky to take a shortish price at pre toss. We witnessed that in the game where Renegades won over Stars on Wednesday. Not only did Stars have an excellent record, but also did they possess a special rate owing to their strong start.

So we reckon, 1.74 for Sixers win is a decent rate. The table-toppers should be at ease with the absence of Daniel Sams.

Big Brathwaite will Fetch you Cash:

The big Caribbean man has been on and off with his form. However, he is well adept at match importance. His talent is much praiseworthy to watch than on paper. Thus the rate is just a deceptive number. However, he should step up with a cause and play big this time out.