About the Match
As the competition heats up in the ongoing Big Bash League down under, the fans are being entertained like never before with some amazing performances every day. While the Strikers won the previous match against Scorchers in a nail-biting finish by 6 wickets to take them straight to the 2nd place with 5 points; the Sixers defended their total with their excellent fielding against Brisbane Heat to win the match by 4 runs and take their points tally to 4, coming at the 5th position on the table. The two teams will face each other on Jan 5 at the Adelaide Oval Stadium, each eager to put their best foot forward and secure a place in the final four.
Michael Klinger continued on his good performance and finished with an unbeaten 86 runs off 55 deliveries that steered his team towards victory by 6 wickets against Perth Scorchers in a thrilling encounter. Set with a target of 160 runs, Klinger looked determined right from the beginning and started out well building a good partnership of 44 runs with Hales; he kept the scoreboard ticking and played confidently and finished with a 5th wicket stand of 48 runs with Reardon to score the winning runs. Earlier Neser had taken 3 wickets, Tait and Zampa 2 wickets each to keep the pressure on the opposition; however, they weren’t able to restrict the run flow and the batsmen faced a challenging total. However, Klinger kept a cool head and played superbly to take his side towards a win; the team will look forward to continue on their winning momentum and earn accolades here especially with the support of their home crowd.
The team did extremely well to win the thriller of a match on Thursday against Brisbane Heat by just 4 runs; successfully defending their 140 runs total with a superb display of fielding that saw Jordan Silk take the brilliant catch of Kieswetter in the 15th over to take them closer to victory. Batting first, the Sixers struggled with the bat except for Lumb who posted 56 runs off 42 balls and though Henriques gave considerable support to him, the rest failed to stick their feet firmly to the ground and the middle and lower order crumbled. They posted a target of 141 for the opponents and the bowlers and fieldsmen delivered by defending this total with their quick thinking, steady hands and sharp bowling. A couple of run-outs and regular catches demolished the Brisbane batsmen; while Lee took 2 wickets, Lalor, Henriques and Hazlewood claimed a wicket each to take their team safely home. They are charged up with their recent win and look confident to surge ahead with a win here.
The Strikers are comfortably placed at the second spot with a better NRR and one point ahead from the Sixers; but fortunes change rapidly in the T20 format of the game and the Sixers are well placed to upset the Strikers ‘position. Both teams have good resources and game-changers who can win matches for them but the Strikers have the home advantage here and look better placed to maintain the lead by winning this match.
Sydney Sixers, 2.20 @ William Hill