The 38th match of BBL 2020-21 will be played between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers at Manuka Oval, Griffith, Australia on 13th January 2021.

The striking battle between the two sides will start at 1:45 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.

Preview: Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

The 10th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) is becoming a fierce competition with seven out of eight teams amassing double figures on the points table. Both Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers are having a contrasting season. The Sixers are placed at the top of the table with 25 points to their name. In their previous encounter, Sydney Sixers defeated Brisbane Heat at the Metricon Stadium and won the game by 3 wickets.

Speaking of Sydney Thunder, they’ve retained the second position on the table and have bagged 23 points. The Thunder have played nine games in the league so far, of which they’ve won 6 of them. In their last game against Perth Scorchers, they failed to chase the target of 185 and lost the game by 17 runs at the Optus Stadium. As such, it will be interesting to see whether the Thunder are able to beat the odds and register a victory in the upcoming game.

Pitch report

Only a few matches have been hosted at the Manuka Oval, making it difficult to assess how the pitch may play for the next game. But looking at the history, the pitch has been a very good batting wicket.

Weather report

The skies will be cloudy and some scattered thunderstorms are expected on Tuesday. The temperature will loom around the 32 degree Celsius for the next SYS vs SYT game at Manuka Oval.

Average first innings score

151 is the average first innings score for T20 matches at Manuka Oval.

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers probable XI

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.

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.

Wicketkeeper: Josh Philippe

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

All-rounders: Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite

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

Top picks for Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

Alex Hales has been at his destructive best in this BBL season. In 9 matches, Hales has aggregated 269 runs at an average of 29.89 and strike rate of 161.08.

Usman Khwaja’s form is only getting better as BBL 10 is progressing. In 9 BBL matches this year, the opening batsman has aggregated 239 runs at an average of 29.88 and strike rate of 139.77.

Callum Ferguson has been a great asset for the Thunders in this BBL season. He has amassed 244 runs at an average of 30.50.

Josh Philippe has been phenomenal for Sydney Sixers in BBL 2020-21. Philippe has aggregated 273 runs at an average of 30.33 and strike rate of 140.

Daniel Christian has been performing well with both the bat and ball for his side. In 8 matches, Christian has aggregated 160 runs and scalped 10 wickets.

For the Sixers, Steve O’Keefe has been the bowler who’s performing brilliantly. He has picked up 10 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.92.

Man of the Match prediction

Daniel Christian is in great form and can be the Man of the Man from the upcoming clash between the Thunder and the Sixers.

Winner prediction

With the likes of Alex Hales and Usman Khwaja on the Thunder’s side and Josh Philippe and Daniel Christian on the Sixers’ side, both BBL teams are well-balanced. Both Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder have managed to register a victory in 3 of their last 5 encounters, so it’s no surprise that the competition will be stiff in the upcoming game. Predicting a winner for the upcoming game is difficult, but one would back Sydney Sixers to win at Manuka Oval.

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