About the Match
Sydney Sixers suffered defeat against Sydney Thunder by 5 wickets in the opening match of the series; they will take on Perth Scorchers in the 5th Match at Sydney on 23rd December. The league has just started and both teams will be vying for points here to start climbing up the ladder; it could be a tough fight between the current champions, Perth Scorchers and last year’s runners-up Sydney Sixers and whichever team can overcome challenges under crunch situations, will emerge victorious on Saturday.
Batting first, they could muster only 149 runs which were possible thanks to a good performance by Nic Maddinson, Sam Billings, and Daniel Hughes. However, the others couldn’t build useful partnerships with players like Jason Roy and captain Moises Henriques getting out cheaply. Peter Nevill and Steve O’Keefe tried to revive the innings, but they could only manage 149 in the end.
The bowlers led by Daniel Sams 4-14 tried their best to defend the total but lost the match by 5 wickets. They have speedsters like Doug Bollinger, Sean Abbott, and Johan Botha, who have a lot of experience in providing regular breakthroughs and could stifle the Scorchers here in the upcoming match.
Sydney Sixers have the home advantage here and would be motivated to put up a better performance in front of their fans. With a deep batting unit with players like Maddinson, Billings, Nevill, Henriques and Jason Roy, the Sixers could try to post a big challenge to the visitors this time around.
Adam Voges leads the side that has batsmen like Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman, Josh Inglis, Shaun Marsh and all-rounders like Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Agar, and youngster Jhye Richardson. When they fought Sixers in the finals last season, they easily chased down 142 runs in just 16 overs to win the title. They will be determined to start the season this year on a winning note and could come out all guns blazing here.
The bowling unit comprises of fast-bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Johnson, Andrew Tye, Joel Paris and David Willey. Spinners Ashton Turner and Ashton Agar bring variety to the attack and could try to break the opposition partnerships at regular intervals. They could draw up a strategy to outwit the opponents with left-right bowling combinations, and have good resources to do so.
Adam Voges is an experienced player and could lead from the front as they try to set a solid foundation whether batting first or during a chase. They have plenty of all-rounders like Shan Marsh and Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar and Richardson who could try and help the team overcome challenges on the field against the hosts.
The Sixers lost the previous match but would have learned some lessons from their failure that will help them improve as a unit in the upcoming games. While Scorchers have a star-studded bowling attack, we feel that Sydney Sixers with the home advantage are in a better position to stifle the visitors and win the match.