About the Match
Sydney Sixers defeated Sydney Thunder by 8 wickets in the last contest to garner 2 points; they are in the 7th place just above Melbourne Stars, who also have 2 points after their first win against Renegades but are at the bottom of the table. The two sides will go up against each other in the 30th match of the series at Melbourne on 16th January. Both these teams haven’t done well till now and will try to dominate each other with a better performance on Tuesday; it needs to be seen which one of them can do enough to overcome challenges here.
The bowling unit put up a superb performance, successfully defending 167 runs against the Renegades to cause an upset on Friday; speedsters Jackson Coleman, who took 3-27, and Daniel Worall and John Hastings took quick breakthroughs by dismissing 2 batsmen each, helped them win the match by 23 runs. James Faulkner and Evan Gulbis also provided one wicket each and bring variety to the attack. Earlier, star batsman Kevin top-scored with 74 off 46 to help them build a good foundation while Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell contributed with 41 and 31 runs respectively to take the total to 167.
Previously against Adelaide Strikers, they could muster only 151 runs batting first; Glenn Maxwell top-scored with 60 off 39 while all-rounder Marcus Stoinis scored 39 runs. But the others like Pietersen, Ben Dunk and Handscomb failed to impress with the bat, and the bowling unit couldn’t provide quick breakthroughs. They lost the match by 8 wickets despite a contained spell by Faulkner and Coleman.
The Stars have registered their first win of the season and will be determined to keep the momentum going with another good show on Tuesday.
Chasing 157 against Sydney Thunder recently, Daniel Hughes and Joe Denly posted a 69-run opening stand to build a good foundation. While Hughes scored an unbeaten 66, Denly scored 43 off 29; Nic Maddinson and Moises Henriques kept the scoreboard ticking by scoring 28 and 18 runs respectively and helped them win the match by 8 wickets. Pacers Moises Henriques, Carlos Brathwaite and Sean Abbott took 4 wickets between them at regular intervals to stifle the opponents while spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed one wicket to restrict Thunder at 156.
Against Hobart Hurricanes, they had to chase a target of 171 but they fell short of it by 5 runs. Sam Billings and Jordan Silk tried to revive the innings by scoring 61 and 45 runs respectively while Daniel Hughes posted 33 to start the chase well. However, others like Jason Roy and Nic Maddinson failed to impress and they lost the match. Earlier, the bowlers did well to restrict Hurricanes to 170 thanks to a splendid 3-27 by quickie Sean Abbott, and a wicket each by Ben Dwarshius and Jackson Bird.
The batting line-up could try to do better in the upcoming match and convert the good efforts of the bowlers into a win if they strategize well against the Stars.
Both Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers are desperate to win matches and start climbing up the ladder; while the Stars have experienced batsmen, Sixers have a well-balanced bowling attack. The contest could go either way but we feel that the Stars with the home advantage are better placed to win