About the Match
The Sydney Sixers are currently placed at the 4th position with 8 points from 7 matches and will face Sydney Thunder, who has already been eliminated from the next stage with only 5 points in their kitty, in the last league match on 22th Jan at Sydney. Both the teams lost their previous matches against their respective opponents; Sixers have a good team with efficient players who can give their best under pressure and will be eager to go to the next stage on a winning note with a comfortable win here.
Sydney Sixers lost their last match against Adelaide Strikers by a narrow margin of 23 runs; the batsmen failed to meet the target of 183, although Jordan Silk posted a brilliant 67 off 34 runs, openers Nic Maddinson and Michael Lumb scored 18 and 17 runs respectively but couldn’t build a decent partnership. The duo started well, hitting boundaries and couple of sixes but were back in the stands even before reaching 50 runs; Riki Wessels scored 15 off 20 and skipper Moises Henriques tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but with no support from the middle order, they lost the match getting all-out for just 159 runs. The defeat would surely have hurt their morale but they will fight back with more confidence and strength against Sydney Thunder in the upcoming match. They have a well-balanced squad with world class bowlers like Brett Lee, Bollinger and Abbott and good batsmen in Nic Maddinson, Michael Lumb, Jordan Silk and Henriques, who are capable of turning the game in their favour under critical conditions. Overall, the team will definitely pack a punch when it comes to overcoming challenges and a win here would boost their morale for the next stage.
Losing the game against Melbourne Stars by 8 wickets with 33 balls remaining, the Thunders, who had set a target of 106 runs, couldn’t defend themselves against the rejuvenated Stars. AC Blizzard blasted 45 off 48 balls while Mcdonald scored 23 off 32 runs but the other players did not prove their strengths when it came to delivering the goods with the bat. On the bowling front, Lalor and Haurtiz took a wicket each but the other bowlers failed to make any dent on the opponents. Although they are out of the competition, they will certainly give a strong fight before bowing out; the team has good players with Jacques Kallis and Aiden Blizzard having scored more than 100 runs for the team in this series. However they need some backing from the rest of the batting line-up for better results; Gurinder Sandhu has made a good impression with his skills, taking eight wickets in six matches with a career best of 3-19 against the Brisbane Heat while Kallis, Chris Tremain and Hauritz are attempting to be more precise. Overall the team has the necessary fire-power and talent to give a stiff challenge to the Sixers.
The Sixers are a better team as far as their performance and determination goes; however, the Thunders will definitely put some extra efforts to win here. Though the contest will be well fought and the result could go either way, we feel that Sixers will definitely triumph to keep an upper hand.
Sydney Sixers, 1.72 @ Bet365