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The top of the table contests often make up for exciting contests and when those contests are between rivals, it just adds to the excitement. The same is going to happen in Big Bash League when two teams from Sydney take on each other in a derby contest.
Sydney Sixers will take on Sydney Thunder on 22nd January 2021 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The two sides are both in the top half of the points table and have done exceedingly well in the tournament so far. We certainly have a cracker of a contest on the cards on Friday.
The Sixers' fan as well as the management will be pretty happy with the position they are in. With all the unanticipated results that we have seen happen of late, the Sixers are all set for a top-two finish. They have an eight-point lead over Perth Scorchers - the next best side in the competition, and a nine-point lead over Thunder - the team they are going to face in this match.
While it is still mathematically possible for the Sixers to fall out of the top two, it looks rather unrealistic. Having said that, they won't think about that right now and will likely be concentrating on this upcoming game. A win here will seal their chances of a top-two finish mathematically as well.
If Sixers did not already have a terrific squad, they'll certainly have it now. Sean Abbott and Moises and Henriques are both now available for the Sixers to play and the presence of two international players will certainly add to the balance. It would be interesting to see who the Sixers drop for the two players to come into the squad. It wouldn't be surprising if the Sixers decide to go in with the same team they've been playing with so far.
Henriques and Abbot will both be pretty fresh and Sixers might want to utilize that. We expect Justin Avenando to make way for Henriques and Abbot coming in place of either Jake Ball or Jackson bird. With the likes of James Vince, Daniel Hughes, and Josh Phillipe already doing well, the Sixers have a terrific batting unit. Besides, their bowling oozes experience and class, making them one of the toughest sides to face. Considering that as well as the form they've been in, getting past them will be a colossal challenge for Thunder.
Josh Philippe, James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, DT Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O'Keefe, Jackson Bird, Lloyd Pope.
Just a week or so ago, Thunder were far ahead of the teams below them, but thanks to poor performances in the last few matches, they are now struggling to stay in the top-four. To add insult to injury, they lost Daniel Sams to injury and his unavailability at the most important juncture of the tournament could hurt the Thunder.
The Thunder are coming off three back-to-back losses in their last three matches and do not have the momentum. One of those losses came against the Sixers when the Thunder were in a terrific position and were brimming with confidence.
On paper, Sydney Thunder have a terrific side that is capable to beat even the best in the business. They'd want their batting to come good - the batting that consists of stalwarts like Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, and Callum Ferguson at the top. Besides, they have Ben Cutting to tonk the ball around at the back-end of the innings.
While the absence of Sams is a big blow, Sydney Thunder still have a terrific team. Their bowlers, as well as batsmen both, have done well in the tournament so far and another good outing for them cannot be ruled out. Having said that, a lot will depend on how their batting at the top performs. If their top-order batsmen can play to their potential in this match, Thunder should have a decent outing.
AD Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Sam Billings, Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Christopher Green, Adam Milne, Brendan Doggett, Tanveer Sangha.
If we go back a couple of weeks in the tournament, there would not be a lot to separate between the two sides. However, considering the recent results of the two teams, the Sixers seem far ahead. Besides, they now have two experienced players joining their team and that should add to the balance. On the contrary, the Thunder have one of the best players absent. For those reasons, betting on a Sixers win should be the way to go here.
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