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Sydney Thunder will take on Sydney Sixers in the 20th match of the Big Bash League 2021. Both teams are next to each other in the BBL table and have been among the best in the league.
Sydney Thunder have had a bit of an odd campaign so far. Consecutive losses to Melbourne Stars have been sandwiched between two dominating wins against Brisbane Heat in the four matches they’ve played. Following the narrow losses to Melbourne Stars, it seemed that the batting unit learned their lesson. That was on show in the most recent game against Brisbane Heat.
Buoyed by Sam Billings’ outrageous knock, they fell just four runs short of 200 runs. Saqib Mahmood has also emerged as the face of the bowling lineup and it was his four-wicket-haul that sealed a handsome win by a margin of 53 runs in the last game. Sydney Thunder are third in the table and are five points behind their opponents in this game. They also have a healthy net run rate of +0.596.
Defending champions Sydney Sixers have looked very impressive early on. Despite being hit by a spate of injuries in recent games, they’ve continued with the same winning mindset. Sixers are well capable of being flamboyant as well as resolute as and when the need arises. They showed their grit in recent games against Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers that eventually resulted in narrow wins.
The matches against Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers went down to the last over. However, it is this ability to keep hold of nerves and decided the game in tense situations which makes Sydney Sixers so successful. With four wins and just a single loss to Hobart Hurricanes in a rain-interrupted encounter, Sydney Sixers are second in the table and two points behind Perth Scorchers. Sixers have a net run rate of +1.415.
As far as the head-to-head record is concerned, Sydney Sixers have emerged triumphant on more occasions. They have 12 wins to their name compared to Sydney Thunder’s seven wins. Sydney Sixers have also been more successful in recent matches.
Wins: Sydney Thunder 7, Sydney Sixers 12
Last 5 matches: Sydney Thunder 2, Sydney Sixers 3
Sydney Sixers are the overwhelming favourites for this match. Despite the setbacks because of injury, they’ve found their way to dig deep and win matches. This formula also contributed in them winning the title last season. Sixers’ players also have excellent chemistry between them and another win here is extremely likely.
Sydney Thunder have added yet another speed merchant to their squad with the signing of young Pakistan pacer bowler Muhammad Hasnain. Hasnain became the youngest player to take a T20I hattrick at the age of 19 and he’s also bowled at an express speed of 155.1 kmph in the Caribbean Premier League.
Pakistani spinner Shadab Khan joins Sydney Sixers for the remainder of BBL11. Sixers had earlier lost off-spinner Ben Manenti to injury while Steve O’Keefe has also been sidelined. Tom Curran has returned home following a back injury while Chris Jordan’s short stint has also come to an end.
It will be worth keeping an eye out for the spin battle between Saqib Mahmood and Shadab Khan. Mahmood made his debut for Sydney Thunder in the last game and was awarded the Player of the Match for his terrific spell. He’d love to leave a lasting impression in this Boxing Day match. Meanwhile, Shadab Khan is likely to make his debut for Sydney Sixers on Boxing Day. He picked up nine wickets in six games during the T20 World Cup and also took a four-wicket-haul against eventual winners Australia.
The match between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers will also feature the battle between the young and dynamic wicketkeeper batsmen Josh Philippe and Sam Billings. They’re the highest scorers for their respective sides and the intent from batters has been clear to see.
Tanveer Sangha has been a reliable bowler for Sydney Thunder. He has proven his worth several times this season. Sangha has collected eight wickets so far at an average of 12 and he has an economy rate of 6.68.
Sam Billings played a fiery knock in the last game that proved to be the difference. Billings finished the game with a strike rate of 237.04 and is likely to be the Man of the Match award here. Josh Philippe and Dan Christian from Sydney Sixers are also expected to be the contenders.
Sam Billings has been the leading run-scorer for Sydney Thunder in BBL11. He has accumulated 160 runs at a strike rate of 141. Billings has smashed 12 fours and eight sixes in the competition already.
With 282 runs, Josh Philippe is the top scorer for Sydney Sixers. He has scored runs at a strike rate of 152. Josh has struck 26 fours and nine sixes already!
|Josh Philippe||c Chris Green b Daniel Sams||13||10||0||1||130|
|James Vince||c Sam Billings b Daniel Sams||31||29||5||0||106.9|
|Daniel Hughes||b Saqib Mahmood||50||26||1||5||192.31|
|Moises Henriques||c Ben Cutting b Chris Green||10||4||1||1||250|
|Jordan Silk||not out||18||12||3||0||150|
|Daniel Christian||not out||41||17||4||2||241.18|
|Total||(16 Ov, RR: 10.5)||168/4|
|Matthew Gilkes||c Mickey Edwards b Ben Dwarshuis||6||6||1||0||100|
|Alex Hales||c Mickey Edwards b Sean Abbott||14||6||0||2||233.33|
|Jason Sangha||c Moises Henriques b Hayden Kerr||47||30||6||1||156.67|
|Sam Billings||c Moises Henriques b Lloyd Pope||9||6||0||1||150|
|Alex Ross||st Josh Philippe b Lloyd Pope||16||14||1||0||114.29|
|Daniel Sams||c Sean Abbott b Mickey Edwards||28||11||0||4||254.55|
|Ben Cutting||c Daniel Hughes b Ben Dwarshuis||10||9||1||0||111.11|
|Nathan McAndrew||c Mickey Edwards b Hayden Kerr||1||2||0||0||50|
|Chris Green||c Ben Dwarshuis b Hayden Kerr||6||3||0||1||200|
|Saqib Mahmood||not out||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Tanveer Sangha||c Jordan Silk b Sean Abbott||0||1||0||0||0|
|Total||(15.1 Ov, RR: 9.4)||142/10|