About the Match
The Sixers defeated Brisbane Heat in their last outing to climb up to the third position with 6 points and will now go up against Renegades, who are down at No. 5 with 4 points after their defeat against Stars, on 9th January at Sydney. While the hosts will be eager to repeat their winning performance here after successfully chasing down 187 runs against Heat, the Renegades will try to put up an all-round show with bat and ball to outwit the opposition here and go back to their winning ways on Monday.
Chasing 187 against Heat, opener Hughes posted a brilliant 85 off 55 that helped them build a solid foundation; Nic Maddinson, Brad Haddin and others down the line kept the scoreboard ticking and reached the target with 2 balls to spare. Earlier, spinner Johan Botha was spectacular as he claimed 2-24 while speedster Sean Abbott dismissed 3 opponents but the others proved to be expensive and they had to face a challenging total in the end.
In the previous match against Strikers however, the batting line-up crumbled like a pack of cards, ailing to chase down a meagre 153-runs; Sam Billings was the lone fighter from the middle order, and his 40 off 30 gave them some hope to finish the chase. However, with hardly any support from others like Henriques, Maddinson, Haddin or the openers, they lost the match after getting all-out for just 104 runs. Abbott’s 5-16 was stupendous and he was the major contributor in containing the opposition to 152; fast-bowler Dwarshius and spinner Somerville provided quick breakthroughs.
They have a versatile bowling attack with players like Abbott, Bollinger and Dwarshius leading the pace attack while spinners Botha and Somerville can outwit the Renegades here too. With batsmen like Maddinson, Haddin, Hughes, Roy, Billings and Henriques, they can focus on steadying the partnerships whether batting first or during chase.
Chasing 201 against Stars recently, the Renegades faltered right from the start and except Finch and Cameron White, who scored 27 and 38 runs respectively, the others fell for single digits and they lost the match by 46 runs. Bowlers James Pattinson and Lawford dismissed 4 opponents between them while spinner Narine took one scalp but they couldn’t stop the Stars from reaching a big total.
Against the same opponent previously, they had won the match by 7 runs through the D/L method; White posted an unbeaten 64 off 43 while Cooper and Finch kept the scoreboard ticking to help post 171 runs batting first. With the Stars having to chase down a reduced target of 159 in 18 overs, Brad Hogg put up a tremendous show with his Chinaman spin specialty taking 3-22 while Cooper, Stevenson, and Tremain contributed well to stifle the opposition and win by 7 runs.
They are a well-balanced side with experienced batsmen and bowlers who can come out with all their firepower against Sixers to repeat the winning performance here.
The Sixers are playing on home turf and would be eager to continue with their winning momentum; on the other hand, Renegades who lost their last game will be determined to get back on to the saddle and start making inroads to the top of the table. The contest could well go down to the wire but we feel that the Sixers’ batting strength could give them the edge to win on Monday