It’s the clash between the table-toppers Sydney thunder and Sydney sixers are locking horns against each other in the 38th match of the ongoing big bash league at Manuka oval today. Both the teams have won six out of nine games they have played so far in the tournament. Sydney Sixers are currently sitting at the top of the points table thanks to their superior run rate. Sixers have got the well-balanced outfit with a decent mix of youth and experienced players. They have managed to do well despite the absence of a few senior players. Josh Phillippe continues his fine form where he left last year and senior-Pro Daniel Christian has reinvented himself as an important member of the side with useful runs down the order. He has done a decent job with the ball as well. Their foreign recruit Carlos Braithwaite is also doing the fine job with the ball this season. A win today will further boost their confidence and will help them to retain the top spot.
Sydney thunder on another hand has got the power-packed batting line-up with Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja in their ranks. Both the openers are in fine form this season. Tanveer Sangha has been the find of the tournament as the left-arm leggie has done a fabulous job in containing runs in the middle overs and taken wickets at regular intervals. He has taken 15 wickets so far which is the second-highest taken by the spinner in BBL history. Daniel Sams will make a return into their playing XI today after being rested for the last couple of games. A win against sixers will help them to keep their momentum on their side. Alex hales and Captain Callum Ferguson has scored 269 and 244 runs in the tournament so far. Their middle-order batsmen Sam Billings is also in fine form this season.
Players to watch out for:
Alex hales is in fine with the bat this season and has given a major contribution to the team’s success. Though he has scored a fifty a big score is not coming from his bat. He will love to score big at the top order. Today will be the right choice to come and express himself in the middle because sixers are in the verge of qualifying for playoffs.
After being rested for the last two games Daniel sams will look to put up a strong performance with bat and ball that will help his side on winning cause. You can expect him to play a crucial knockdown the order with bat.
A decent batting track is expected at Manuka oval which will also assist the seamers to get some early movement with the new ball. So chasing the target will be the ideal option for the captains who win the toss.
Expected Playing XI:
Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (C), Sam Billings (WK), Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha, and Nathan McAndrew/Brendan Doggett
Josh Philippe (WK), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (C), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis/Jackson Bird, Jake Ball, Steve O’Keefe, Carlos Brathwaite and Lloyd Pope
It’s the clash between the two titans so you can expect a gritty encounter today. Sixers are taking quiet upper hand considering the team composition and balance. So you can expect them to emerge as victorious.