This is the 14th match between the Sixers and Thunders (SIX vs THU). The Sydney Sixers won their previous game thanks to the heroic effort of Jackson Bird who played his first match of the season. The Thunders on the other hand are yet to be defeated. Their last game got abandoned due to smog. They have banked on their top order which comprises of Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson but have a pretty ordinary bowling attack with Daniel Sams, Chris Morris and Chris Green.
The Sixers have got Josh Phillipe at the top who can provide explosive starts at the top and apart from him no one looks threatening at the top although their bowling has been brilliant throughout with Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshius and Ben Manenti doing a fantastic job for them. The Sydney Derby will be a test for the strong top order of the Thunders as they are up against the fierce attack of the Sixers. The Sixers lead the Thunders at this venue by 8-2 margin.
14th match: Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunders (SIX vs THU)
Saturday, December 28
Sydney Cricket Ground
The pitch has suited bowlers more than the batters. The huge boundaries come into play and teams might be tempted to play two spinners. The average score batting first is 154 and teams batting first have won 22 games out of the 51 games.
The weather is expected to be hot and humid with temperature around 21 degree Celsius. No rain is predicted.
Injuries and Availability:
No updates yet.
J Phillipe (wk), D Hughes, J Vince, M Henriques (c) , J Silk, T Curran, B Manenti, J Bird, S Abbott, B Dwarshius, L Pope
U Khawaja, A Hales, C Ferguson(c), M Gilkes(wk), A Ross, D Sams, C Green, A Nair, C Tremain, N McAndrew, J Cook
Josh Phillipe has provided the Sixers a fantastic start in the power play so far. He has amassed 120 runs in three games @ an average of 60.
Sean Abbott has bowled tight lengths so far and has kept the game under his control in the middle overs. He has picked 6 wickets in 3 games @ an average of 15
Callum Ferguson, the skipper has scored 104 runs in 3 games @ an average of 104. He has held the team together from one end in the middle overs and can accelerate in the death which makes him a good pick.
Daniel Sams has picked 6 wickets so far in the tournament @ an average of 13.5 in three games so far. He will be a key bowler as he bowls in the power play and death as well. He is also a fantastic outfielder.
Captaincy Picks for SIX vs THU:
1. Josh Phillipe
2. Callum Ferguson
3. Alex Hales
4. Usman Khawaja
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
J Phillipe, Grade A, Points:50-60
J Vince, Grade A, Points:70-80
C Ferguson, Grade A, Points:90-100
A Hales, Grade A, Points:60-70
U Khawaja, Grade A, Points:40-50,
T Curran, Grade A, Points:50-55
D Sams, Grade A, Points:50-60
C Morris, Grade A+, Points:90-100
S Abbott, Grade A, Points:40-50
A Nair, Grade B, Points:20-30
B Dwarshius, Grade A, Points:50-60
The views expressed here are that of the author and not an actual reflection of the number of points that the player will earn.