The Big Bash League 2020 is closing into the business end and for that reason the table has been wide open now. With every match creating a chaos in the points table and making it tougher for each other, we have the much-awaited Sydney derby set to take place, this Wednesday. The 38th match of the BBL 2020 is set to feature the Sydney Thunders and Sydney Sixers taking on each other at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Thunders find themselves placed in a comfortable second position but they would know the other teams have been catching up. Thunders are just two points away from the table toppers- Sydney Sixers. A win here for Thunders would see them race pass their rivals.
The teams will be meeting each other for the first time this season. Though on the head to head basis, the Sixers hold a supreme edge. The teams have played 17 matches between them and the Sixers have tasted victory on 11 occasions, the stat would definitely give them the added boost going into this encounter.
Thunder will come into this match on the back of a defeat. Callum Ferguson and Co. fell 17 runs short against the Perth Scorchers. The Sixers on the other side come on back of a thrilling 3-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat, which was once again led by their star player- Daniel Christian.
In the clash of the table-toppers. Who do you think will prevail and claim the number one spot?
Match Toss Time: 18:45 Local (13:15 IST)
Match Start Time: 19:15 Local (13:45 IST)
Match Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
The conditions are quite in favor of cricket as the 10 percent precipitation chance does not look threatening. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 30-24 degree Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 35 percent mark.
The Canberra pitch as we know is a batting paradise as we saw in the last match here the Thunders went on to score 219 runs. The match is expected to be a high-scoring encounter. The overcast conditions might help the pacers in the initial stages of the innings but then it is expected to be the batsmen show. The team winning the toss should be looking to bat first and let the scoreboard pressure do the trick.
Thunder would be feeling they are a batsman short after the loss against Scorchers and for that reason would be looking to replace Adam Milne with the all-rounder Olivier Davies. Brendan Doggett had a dream start to this season by picking up 4 wickets in his quota, he would be looking for more in the upcoming matches. Rest assured the team looks solid at the top-order and the inclusion of one more batsman is likely to solve their issue.
Sixers on the other side unlike the Thunders bat deep. At 54 for 4 in the first 9 overs, the Heat well in course to win their 5th game of the season but it was once again the brilliance of the star Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian which took them over the line rather comfortably at the end. They have been doing an exceptional job in this season so far and are expected to feature the same combination for this derby.
Probable Playing Xl
Sydney Thunders (SYT): Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Adam Milne/Olivier Davies, Brendan Doggett, Tanveer Sangha
Sydney Sixers (SYS): Josh Philippe (wk), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve O'Keefe, Jackson Bird, Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope
SYT vs SYS Fantasy Team
Josh Philippe, Sam Billings, Daniel Hughes, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Carlos Brathwaite, Daniel Christian, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe, Tanveer Sangha
Captain Picks: Daniel Christian (SYS),Sam Billings (SYT)
Vice-captain Picks: Alex Hales (SYT), Steve O’Keefe (SYS)
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