Sydney Sixers would look to move on from their opening match loss against Hobart Hurricanes and seal a win against Melbourne Renegades in the 2020 Big Bash League match on Sunday. On the other hand, Renegades defeated Perth Scorchers comfortably in their opening game.
Sixers, who were without their regular captain Moises Henriques, lost their opening game against Hurricanes by 16 runs despite being in a commanding position to chase down the target of 179 when they were at 118/1 in the 14th over. James Vince top-scored for Sixers with 67 and the team would hope the Englishman continue his good form.
Renegades would be confident going into the match after their easy win over Scorchers who were bowled out for a paltry 130, with Josh Lalor taking 3 for 30. Kane Richardson provided good support with 3/22. Renegades captain Aaron Finch (35) then combined with Shaun Marsh (62) to kill off the chase. Renegades would start favorites when they face Sixers on Sunday
Match Toss Time: 18:45 Local (13:15 IST)
Match Start Time: 19:15 Local (13:45 IST)
Match Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart.
There is no rain forecast for Sunday, and hence, a full 40 overs is certain. But it would be cloudy, with the temperature hovering around 13 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius.
As it is an evening clash, dew would come into play. Hence, chasing would be the preferred option for winning the toss. But the pitch would play true, and aid batting throughout the match.
Renegades would again hope that their star opening pair of Finch and Marsh continue their good starts after they delivered in the clash against Scorchers. Their bowling was also in top form with Richardson and Lalor taking 3 wickets each. Finch would be available for this Sunday match at the moment as the team management would look to rotate him to give him adequate rest amid his recovery from injury and the hectic cricketing schedule.
Sixers have a few things to be straightened out after they lost their opening match against the Hurricanes. They would again miss the services of captain Henriques who is out due to a hamstring injury. Daniel Hughes will be the skipper again and will have to lead from the front. Sixers had their moments in their opening game against Hurricanes but could not close out the game and lacked finishing touches. The need to put in a team's effort to beat a confident Renegades.
Probable Playing XI
Sydney Sixers: Josh Philippe (WK), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (C), Jordan Silk, Carlos Brathwaite, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Stephen O’Keefe, Gurinder Sandhu, Ben Manenti.
Melbourne Renegades: Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch (C), Sam Harper (WK), Rilee Rossouw, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Beau Webster, Benny Howell, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor, Peter Hatzoglou.
SS vs MR Fantasy Team
James Vince (SS), Jack Edwards (SS), Aaron Finch (MR), Shaun Marsh (MR), Josh Philippe (SS), Daniel Christian (SS), Carlos Brathwaite (SS), Beau Webster (MR), Ben Dwarshuis (SS), Kane Richardson (MR), Josh Lalor (MR)
Captain picks: Shaun Marsh (MR) and Carlos Brathwaite (SS)
Vice-Captain picks: James Vince (SS) and Aaron Finch (MR)
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