Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, 42nd T20 Match Prediction2020-01-19
Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Man of the Match: Chris Morris
Sixers look to squash the Thunder for the second time this season!
We are expecting Sydney Sixers to win!
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The second match of the Sydney derby will pit an in-form Sixers take on the Thunder in what could possibly be another nerve-wracking encounter for the cricketing fraternity across the globe. The last time these sides met this season witnessed the Sixers script a victory in the super-over, with Tom Curran emerging as the player of the match for his mind-boggling performances with both bat and ball. Led by Moises Henriques, the Sixers need couple more wins to seal a spot in the playoffs and although they were unfortunate to have tasted a no result in the recent match against Hurricanes, they would look to deploy all possible measures in gaining an upper hand over the nemesis - Sydney Thunder.
Meanwhile, the Callum Ferguson-captained Thunder has been showing signs of concern lately, with only a sole victory in the last five matches and it is high time they figure out the winning combination in order to carry forward in the competition. The Thunder lost out the recent match against Melbourne Renegades by a margin of 12-runs, and possibly look to better their batting and bowling departments in the coming T20 at Showground Stadium.
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Openers Alex Hales (254 runs in 10 innings) and Usman Khawaja (247 runs in 10 innings) have rendered decent starts in the powerplays and will look to attack the Sixers straightaway in the upcoming duel. Skipper Callum Ferguson (302 runs in 10 innings) with his elegant strokeplay has been the leading run-getter for the Thunder and will be banked upon to exhibit a scintillating display. In the middle order, Alex Ross scored a quickfire 27-ball 51 in the recent outing against Renegade and will look to adopt a similar form of play at Showground.
Daniel Sams is enjoying a dream run so far with 17 wickets in 10 innings while averaging 16.23. The left-arm pacer is currently the leading wicket-taker in BBL 2019-20 and with his fiery yorkers and cutters would look to decimate the rival lineup in the coming T20.
Chris Morris (11 wickets in 8 innings) has been effective in the death overs and will be banked to wipe out the Sixers' tailenders. Spinner Jonathan Cook (6 wickets in 7 innings) has been lethal with his leg-breaks and googlies, and along with Liam Bowe would look to rip apart the opposition's middle-order.
Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Sams, Nathan John McAndrew, Liam Bowe, Brendan Doggett, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Gurinder Sandhu, Alex Ross, Jay Lenton
Josh Philippe (277 runs in 10 innings) is presently topping the batting charts for the Men in Pink and along with fellow opener Danil Hughes (231 runs in 10 innings) would be asked to capitalize early at Showground. James Vince (190 runs in 9 innings) has had a hot and cold season so far and with a middle-order batsman, Jordan Silk will be expected to better their run tally in the coming matches. Although skipper Moises Henriques hasn't been at his lethal best, one shouldn't undermine him, as he could single-handedly turn the tide in the Sixers' favor with his clear-hitting abilities.
All-rounder Tom Curran (14 wickets in 10 innings) and pacer Ben Dwarshuis (10 wickets in 10 innings) have reaped benefits in the concurrent T20 season with their accurate line and lengths. Dwarshuis, in particular, could be a menace if he gets those swinging deliveries in the overcast conditions of Sydney. Spinner Steve Okeefe has had some successes in luring the batsmen into giving up wickets and will look to capitalize with his spin potency.
Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon, B Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Justin Avendano, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, James Vince, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes
Clouds will hover around the stadium throughout with thunderstorms and showers in the first innings. DLS Method is likely to come into play offering a revised target for the team batting second.
The wicket at Sydney Showground Stadium has usually been slow in the initial stages but flattens as the game progresses. Although the average first innings score at this venue remains 150, amidst the overcast and rainy conditions one can expect 160 as a par total.
The toss-winning team should look to bat first on this occasion. With heavy rains being predicted by the end of first innings, the batters should look to whack every delivery out of the park from the very moment as it would become difficult to score evenly amidst the damp conditions in the latter stages.
Although it would be a neck to neck battle this time as well, Sixers would still be favorites considering the stupendous form of Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe, and Tom Curran. Also, they were the dominant side in the previous faceoff against Sydney Thunder, something which can't be ignored for the coming duel.
Thunder has been heavily reliant on a few players, while it has been a combined effort by the Sixers in getting them past the victory limits.
We are expecting Sydney Sixers to win!
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