Sydney Sixers will lock horns with Sydney Thunder in a BBL fixture at Manuka Oval in Griffith on 22nd January 2021.

The match between the two is scheduled to start at 1:45 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and can also be streamed live via the Sony LIV app.

Preview: Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder, 48th Match

The 48th match of the BBL would be an exciting clash between the two teams that are placed in the top half of the table. Having won 8 of the 11 matches in BBL 2020-21, Sydney Sixers are the most consistent team in the tournament and are currently placed at the first spot on the table. In their previous game against Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval, the Sixers won the match by 7 wickets. The Sixers have bagged 32 points in the league so far.

Their opposition, Sydney Thunder is also having a contrasting season and is currently occupying the second position on the table. The Thunder have played 10 BBL games so far and have managed to post a victory in 6 of them. With 23 points to their name, Sydney Thunder will be looking to register a win in the next match at the Adelaide Oval.

Pitch report

The pitch at Manuka Oval will favor the batsmen, as bowlers will find it difficult to be economical here. A score of over 180 is what the team opting to bat first should be looking for.

Weather report

The skies will be partly cloudy on Friday at Manuka Oval. An average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and humidity of around 29% is expected during the game.

Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder probable XI

Sydney Sixers: Probable XI

Daniel Hughes (C), Josh Philippe (WK), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Manenti, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Jake Ball.

Bench

Justin Avendano, Jackson Bird, Hayden Kerr, Lloyd Pope, Gurinder Sandhu, Tom Rogers, Nick Bertus.

Sydney Thunder: Probable XI

Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Tremain, Tanveer Sangha.

Bench

Arjun Nair, Jason Sangha, Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Adam Milne, Baxter Holt.

Wicketkeeper: Josh Philippe

Batsmen: Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Usman Khwaja, James Vince, Daniel Hughes

All-rounders: Dan Christian, Ben Cutting

Bowlers: Tanveer Sangha, Nathan McAndrew, Steve O’Keefe

Top picks for Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder

Alex Hales has been phenomenal in this BBL season. In 10 matches, Hales has aggregated 323 runs at an average of 32.30 and strike rate of 161.50. Also, he has garnered the Player of the Match title twice in BBL 2020-21.

Callum Ferguson has been a key prospect for the Thunders in this BBL season. He has amassed 247 runs at an average of 27.74. Ferguson has also been the Player of the Match in a 2020-21 BBL fixture.

Usman Khwaja’s form is only getting better as BBL 10 is progressing. In 10 innings, the opening batsman has aggregated 241 runs at an average of 26.78 and strike rate of 135.77. His highest score in this year’s BBL is 49.

Josh Philippe has been a key asset for Sydney Sixers in BBL 2020-21. In 10 innings, Philippe has aggregated 421 runs at an average of 38.27 and strike rate of 148.76. His highest score in this year’s BBL is 95.

Man of the Match prediction

Josh Phillipe has garnered the Man of the Match title thrice in BBL 2020-21 and is the likely prospect for the same in the upcoming fixture.

Winner prediction

Both Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder are in great form as they are the top two sides in BBL 2020-21. So, it’s no surprise that the upcoming clash would be an enthralling one. Also, both teams have a well-balanced lineup in the form of Josh Philippe, Steve O’Keefe, Alex Hales, and Nathan McAndrew. But the Sixers seem to have an advantage as they’ve won four of their last five games as opposed to Sydney Thunder who have won just 2 of them. So, one would back Sydney Sixers to win at the Adelaide Oval.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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