Sydney Sixers, who are currently at the top of the points table of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, will take on Brisbane Heat in the 24th match of the competition on Saturday (January 2).
The defending champion doesn’t have one or two match-winners in their side but every player has chipped in their victories. With a strong batting line up, they have also got good bowlers. They have surely the upper hand against Brisbane Heat, who have a shaky season so far, winning only one out of five matches played.
Here, let’s take a look at how Sydney Sixers playing XI might shape in:
After that 95 runs knock against Renegades, Josh Phillipe has not got things right from the bat. The wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 6 and 22 runs respectively after that innings. The young wicket-keeper batsman will look to redeem against Melbourne Renegades.
After scoring 47 runs in the season opener, Jack Edwards has been out for 1, 17 and duck in the last three matches. His early departure has put the pressure on the middle-order to get runs on the board. He will have to set up a match-winning partnership with Josh Phillipe to give Sydney Sixers a good base.
James Vince, who also scored a half-century in the first match of Sydney Sixers, has failed in the last four matches to get a good sum of runs. He was out for 17 runs and 19 runs against Renegades and Striker respectively while was out for a duck against Melbourne Stars.
The 29-year-old, who has represented Australia in 12 T20Is, will want to implement his international experience in the league to regain his spot in the national team.
Daniel Hughes (c):
The left-hand batsman Daniel Hughes played another captain’s knock after the early fall of the top-order against Melbourne Stars. He scored 96 runs off 21 balls, striking seven sixes and six four but will be disappointed that he could not complete his century. His knock helped the side to chase down the mammoth 194 runs target.
The Sydney Sixers’ skipper will look to maintain the winning streak by registering the against win against Brisbane Heat.
Against Renegades, Jordan Silk gave full support to Josh Phillipe to save the side of the early fall of the top order. He stitched a match-winning partnership with the wicketkeeper-batsman and scored unbeaten 45 runs off 19 balls in which he struck seven fours and one sixes.
Apart from batting, his excellent fielding has been applauded. His video of saving a boundary for which he jumped like a superman has gone viral on social media. Silk is, overall, a great asset to Sydney Sixers.
Against Adelaide Strikers, the fast bowling allrounder Daniel Christian registered the second-fastest half-century of the Big Bash League. With Sydney Sixers having a slow start, he accelerated the innings after James Vince’s departure. The all-rounder went on to hit four boundaries and five sixes to score 50 runs off 16 balls. His fiery knock helped the side to put fighting 178 runs target. Apart from batting, he also gave a significant contribution to the bowl. In his four overs, he picked one wicket and conceded 25 runs.
The team will hope that he replicate the performance in the home ground.
Jake Ball will join the team in place of Jason Holder, whose contract has ended with Sydney Sixers. He will be making his debut in the BBL in the ongoing season. The pacer has been dropped from his national team. With the BBL, he will look to prove his case to the national selectors.
In the last match against Melbourne Stars, Carlos Braithwaite rocked with the bat. He came and played a fiery knock to take Sydney Sixers close to the win. He smacked two sixes and one four to score 21 runs off 12 balls. Apart from his batting, the pacer bowled tight spells to concede 26 runs in his four overs. Sixers will hope that he produces a similar performance against Brisbane Heat to maintain their five-match winning streak
The 26-year-old left-arm pacer bowling figure was disturbed by Nicholas Pooran. He was smashed for five sixes and one four to give away 26 runs in his four overs quota. He will look to redeem against Melbourne Renegades. He had picked up four wickets in the last meeting against them.
The left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe, who was the most expensive for Sydney Sixers in the first match, has controlled his economy rate in the last three matches. Against Strikers, he picked two wickets while gave away eight runs in two overs. In the last match, he went wicketless, he will look to bounce back stronger.
Benjamin Manenti, the right-arm off-spinner, is only playing the second season of BBL. Moreover, he is playing the first competitive series after February. However, the long hiatus hasn’t affected his performance. Against Strikers, he notched two wickets while gave away 23 runs in his four overs quota. Sydney Sixers will hope that the 23-year-old continues a similar performance in the coming matches.