About the Match
The Sixers positioned at No.3 on the table with 6 points will be hosting Perth Scorchers, who occupy No.2 slot presently with 6 points from 5 matches, on Jan 10 at the Sydney Cricket Ground for their league match. The hosts have played one game less than the visitors and will be eager to surpass them in points by winning this contest. Though the points are tied, the Scorchers have better NRR of +0.051 while the Sixers have NRR of -0.654; it will be interesting to see which team can hold its nerves and emerge victorious here.
Michael Lumb helped steer his team to a win against the Strikers last Sunday by scoring a commendable 54 runs from 41 balls that saw him smash away 5 sixes and a four; he partnered with Henriques and North to keep the scoreboard ticking and the duo of Bopara and Silk in the end ensured that the team reached the target of 150 runs set by the opponents. Earlier, bowlers Lalor and O'Keefe had destructed the Strikers' top order along with North and Hazlewood. Excellent fielding by Smith had resulted in Reardon's run-out and Hazlewood struck again to take 2 more wickets to restrict the Strikers to 149 runs. The batsmen built the chase steadily and were able to reach the target with 5 balls to spare; they will be eager to come up with a better performance on home ground and the team looks very confident to win the upcoming contest and keep their campaign going strong.
Coulter-Nile and Yasir Arafat bowled magnificently to deny the Hurricanes a win in the last match, taking their team to victory by 6 runs. The two fast bowlers shared 5 wickets between them to slow down the chase of the opponents and came back in the final overs to restrict the run flow. Mitchell had contributed by taking the wicket of Dunk while Behrendorff's fielding skills led to a run-out and a catch that helped the bowlers in their task. Earlier Shaun Marsh and Katich had posted a 60-run partnership to build their innings, and though there were some hiccups when they lost 3 wickets for 5 runs, Mitchell Marsh and Turner took charge to guide them to a defendable total of 153 runs. Overall, the team played to its strengths and managed a win by a close margin; they will look to better their performance and maintain the lead by winning this crucial match against the Sixers.
While both teams have 6 points in their kitty, the Sixers have played one match less than the visitors and they will look to climb the table with a win here. The Scorchers have shown tremendous determination and a will to succeed that has brought them to the second position on the table, and they will not make it easy for the Sixers to win this round. Though the Scorchers have a better run rate and very good resources, they will find it difficult to beat Sydney Sixers on their home ground.
Sydney Sixers, 1.61 @ Bet365