The brand new season of the WBBL begins with a blockbuster clash between rivals Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunders. Two-times champions and last season’s finalists, the Sixers will yet again enter the tournament with genuine aspirations of lifting the trophy. On the other hand, the Rachel Haynes-led Sydney Thunders side finished as the semi-finalists last year and would be hoping to all the way under the guidance of the new coach, Trevor Griffin. This promises to be a riveting contest between two sides that will look to start their campaign on a winning note.
18th October 2019
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunders
2:10 PM IST
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Clear conditions are expected with no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 18 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
Under the lights, the pacers are poised to find some swing with the new ball but the overall game will be dominated by the batters as the track will prove conducive to batting.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Skipper Ellyse Perry and the dangerous Alyssa Healy are superstars capable of single-handedly winning the game for their side. Alongside such experienced campaigners, they also possess a few exciting young talents in the form of Maddy Drake and 16-year-old Hayley Silver-Homes. Marizanne Kapp is one to watch out for in the bowling department.
Ellyse Perry (c), Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Jodie Hicks/Maddy Darke, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Lauren Cheatle.
The Thunders will miss the services of Harmanpreet Kaur, who won’t feature in this year’s competition due to her international commitments. In her absence, Rachel Haynes will be expected to lead the way in the batting unit whereas Shabnim Ismail will spearhead the pace attack. Hannah Darlington will have to play a crucial role with both bat and bowl.
Rachael Haynes, Rachel Priest, Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rachel Trenaman, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail.
Alyssa Healy is a must-have in your Dream11 Team. She scored a breathtaking, record-breaking 148 against Sri-Lanka in a T20I before plundering another century in the ODIs. Rachel Haynes also needs to be picked on the back of an excellent series against the Lankans in which she notched her maiden international century. Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner are other advisable additions whereas Healy should be made the captain due to the aforementioned reasons.
1: Alyssa Healy
2: Ellyse Perry
3: Rachel Haynes
A Healy, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
R Priest, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
E Burns, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
A Gardner, Points: 76-78, Grade: A
R Haynes, Points: 82-84, Grade: A
N Stalenberg, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
E Perry, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
H Darlington, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
L Cheatle, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
L Smith, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
H Silver-Holmes, Points: 50-52, Grade: A