About the Match
The Thunders have gained momentum after two consecutive victories but they continue to remain at the bottom of the table with 4 points; they will take on Sixers, who are at No.3 with 8 points, on 14th January at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney and try to climb up the ladder. While the Thunders defeated Hurricanes and Stars recently by chasing down competitive totals, the Sixers have also been on a winning spree. Both teams could put up a fierce contest here to dominate and emerge victorious on Saturday.
Chasing 161 against Hurricanes, Shane Watson led from the front with a 31-ball 55 to steady the innings while others like James Vince, Patterson and Rohrer contributed well with the bat to help the team win the match by 6 wickets with ease. Earlier, fast-bowlers Clint McKay, Pat Cummins and Carlos Brathwaite provided regular breakthroughs to contain the opposition and along with others like Watson, Chris Green and Fawad Ahmed, they can try to demolish the Sixers too.
Watson showcased his bowling skills against Melbourne Stars wherein he claimed 3-23 and along with spinners Chris Green and Fawad Ahmed, who took 2 wickets each, they stifled the opponents at 166. The batting line-up then chased down the target with ease as Eoin Morgan took the lead with a brilliant 71 off 50 and useful knocks by Patterson, Rohrer and Cummins, who hit the winning runs just in the nick of time to give them their first victory of the season.
They have turned a new leaf in their campaign after a string of losses and will be eager to avenge their previous defeat against the Sixers right on the first day of the tournament. With an in-form batting line-up and a good combination of pacers and spinners, the Thunders look determined here.
They have proved to be successful chasers, winning both their recent games after chasing competitive totals with sheer determination and talent. Against Renegades, openers Hughes and Lumb posted a 72-run stand to steer the innings in the right direction; they were followed by Maddinson, Henriques and Brad Haddin, who kept the scoreboard ticking and helped win the match by 6 wickets with 3 balls to spare. Left-arm pacer Dwarshius has been in phenomenal form, consistently taking wickets and he claimed 3-35 against Renegades too to keep them in check. Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird and spinner Johan Botha supported well with a wicket each and add depth to the attack.
Chasing 187 against Heat, Hughes posted a brilliant 85 off 55 that gave them a solid foundation; players like Maddinson, Haddin and others down the line kept the runs flowing and they won the match in a convincing manner. Abbott, Botha and Thornton were among the wicket-takers and others like Somerville, Steve O’ Keefe, Joe Mennie and Bollinger can be used cleverly to cause upsets in the Thunder batting squad.
Overall, they are a strong team with four victories so far and can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with on Saturday.
When they met last time, the Sixers had demolished the Thunder batsmen and gone on to win emphatically by 9 wickets. The Sixers are in great form, however, this time around the Thunders come to the field with lot more confidence and they are well placed to put up an all-round show and win the match.