It’s time for a top of the table clash in the 2020 edition of the Big Bash League. Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder are set to lock horns on Wednesday, January 13 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Both teams are locked at six wins from nine games, but due to two extra Bash Boost points, the Sixers are the table-toppers.
The Sixers are also coming off a three-wicket win over Brisbane Heat. The Thunder, on the other hand, lost their previous game to the Perth Scorchers. But a net run rate of 1.306 is a massive plus for them going deep into the tournament.
A win in their next game would help them leapfrog the Sixers to the top. The Thunder have a delightful piece of news as Daniel Sams has made his way back into the scheme of things after missing a couple of games due to concussion.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Manuka Oval has been a belter for batting thus far. The venue is set to host its first game in the year 2021. The average score batting first suggests that a high-scoring match will be in the offing.
Hence, chasing can be avoided. The playing conditions would be cloudy with the temperature around 30 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be in the 30s with no chances of rain.
Average first-innings score
175 (6 unaffected T20 matches)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 3; Lost – 3
Playing Combinations for THU vs SIX
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (C), Sam Billings (WK), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha
Bench– Arjun Nair, Oliver Davies, Jonathan Davies, Jonathan Cook, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Tremain, Baxter Holt, Brendan Doggett
Josh Philippe (WK), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (C), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve O’Keefe, Jackson Bird, Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope
Bench– Hayden Kerr, Justin Avendano, Nicholas Bertus, Ben Manenti, Thomas Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu
Probable Top Performers for SCO vs HUR
Alex Hales– Sydney Thunder
Alex Hales has shown tremendous form in the ongoing edition of the BBL. He has opened the batting and has shown, time and again, what he is capable of. In nine matches, the right-hander has notched 269 runs at a decent average and strike-rate of 29.88 and 161.07 respectively.
It goes without saying the Thunder would again be banking on their gun batsman to fire on all cylinders in the next game.
Daniel Christian– Sydney Sixers
Daniel Christian has been brutal in the ongoing tournament, both with the bat and ball in hand. He has 160 runs at an average and strike-rate of 26.66 and 186.04 respectively.
The match-winning knock he played against the Heat would be keeping him in good stead ahead of the next encounter. With the ball, he mostly operates at the death and he has 10 wickets to show for his efforts.
Match timings – 07:15 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Sydney Thunder to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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