The 14th match of the 2019 Big Bash League will be played between Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.
The match starts at 01:40 PM IST (08:10 AM GMT) (06:10 PM Local).
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
It will be a Sydney derby on Saturday in the 2019-20 edition of the Big Bash League with table-toppers Sydney Thunder locking horns against the Sixers at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Sydney Sixers have had an inconsistent tournament thus far. They have blown hot and cold with event succeeding fixture, and the Moises Henriques-led unit will be looking to shrug off the inconsistencies and build on what was a comprehensive 48-run-win over Perth Scorchers in their last fixture
The task wouldn’t be that straight-forward though, as they’ll face a side who is not only leading the points table but are also yet to lose a game in the competition thus far- Sydney Thunder. Thunder come back into the competition after a week-long break and would be gearing to start from where they’d left.
It is set to be another perfect day for cricket in Sydney. According to the weather report, the temperatures are expected to be between 20-27 degrees Celsius while humidity is expected to be around 55%.
The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground is usually a good track to bat on, which significantly aids the spinners in the second half.
Average 1st inning score: 170 [In the two matches played at the venue this series]
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1, Lost- 1
Injury and Availability News:
Veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe and pace bowler Henry Thorton have been added to the 13-member squad named by the Sydney Sixers ahead of the Saturday’s fixture against the Thunder.
As for the Sydney Thunder, Nathan McAndrew has been ruled out due to illness while Gurinder Sandhu, who is recovering from his calf-strain, also remains unavailable for selection.
Probable Playing XI:
Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Steven O’Keefe Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope, Jackson Bird
Bench – Henry Thorton, Ben Manenti,
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes (WK), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook
Bench – Brendan Doggett, Liam Hatcher
The opening pair of Usman Khwaja [66 off 48 balls] and Alex Hales [68 off 38 balls] were the cornerstones in the Thunders’ six-wicket win over defending champions Melbourne Renegades, and the duo will once again be the key to their fortunes alongside Calum Ferguson in the derby fixture.
As far as bowling is concerned, the troika of their spinners in Chris Green, Arjun Nair and Jonathan Cook have led the unit with aplomb and they could once again prove to be handy on an SCG track which traditionally aids the spinners.
Josh Phillipe [129 runs at 43.00], Moises Henriques [73 runs at 24.3] and James Vince [92 runs at 23.00] will be the ones to watch out for as far as Sydney Sixers batting is concerned. Tom Curran played a sensational knock of 43 off 21 balls and followed it up with a wicket. He could once again prove to be their X-factor.
As far as the bowling is concerned, the trio of fast bowlers in Ben Dwarshuis [2-17], Jackson Bird [2-30] and Sean Abbott [2-33] will be the key.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Josh Phillipe, Chris Green, Tom Curran
Vice-Captain – Usman Khwaja, Alex Hales, Arjun Nair, Moises Henriques
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Josh Phillipe [VC]
Batsmen – Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Calum Ferguson, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja
All-Rounders – Tom Curran, Daniel Sams
Bowlers – Steven O’Keefe, Chris Green [C], Ben Dwarshuis
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Josh Phillipe
Batsmen – James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Calum Ferguson, Alex Hales
All-Rounders – Tom Curran [C], Moises Henriques, Chris Morris
Bowlers – Sean Abbott, Chris Green, Arjun Nair [VC]
The SCG traditionally aids spinners and with both sides boasting of quality spin bowlers, it would be prudent to pick the likes of Chris Green as the captain/vice-captain of your fantasy XI.
Sydney Thunder are expected to win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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