In the last group stage match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Sydney Sixers will take on Melbourne Stars on January 26 (Tuesday). This will be the 56th match of the 10th season of the league.
Having 32 points, Sydney Sixers are currently at the second position in the points table. Although they have already qualified for the playoffs, they would want to win this match to take the advantage of being table toppers in qualifiers.
Here, let’s take a look at Sydney Sixers Predicted XI:
The wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe is the leading scorer for Sydney Sixers. In 13 matches, he has amassed 453 runs, including three half-centuries at an outstanding strike rate of 150.00.
In the last match, while chasing 189 runs, Philippe could not play a big knock under pressure. The youngster will look to get runs against Melbourne Stars.
James Vince has not been consistent this season although he is one of the leading scorers for Sydney Sixers. In 13 matches, he has scored 298 runs, including two at the strike rate of 133.18.
Captaining Sydney Sixers in most of the group stage, Daniel Hughes is the fourth-highest scorer for his side. In 13 matches, he has amassed 294 runs, including two half-centuries, at the strike rate of 135.57. In the last match, he threw away his wicket early when the team needed him the most.
The second-highest scorer for the side, Jordan Silk has charged up the innings for Sydney Sixers. In the last match, he tried to pull off the victory but because of the run rate pressure, he gave up his wicket cheaply. Overall, in 13 matches, he has scored 330 runs.
Mosies Henriques (c):
Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques has returned to the side after being released from Australia’s squad. He played the maiden match of the season against Sydney Thunder. He went on to score the first half-century but it ended up on the losing cause. However, he will hope that he keeps charging up their innings.
Daniel Christain has played many match-winning knocks. He struck two sixes in five balls to score unbeaten 15 runs to chase down 129 runs target against Sydney Thunder in the first meeting. Against Brisbane Heat as well, he played a match-winning knock when the other end was losing wickets. He scored unbeaten 61 runs to chase down 149 runs.
Carlos Brathwaite went expensive in the last match against Sydney Thunder, giving away 40 runs. In his four overs, he picked up only a wicket.
Overall, he has picked up 14 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of over 8. His best has come against Brisbane Heat when he picked four wickets to halt them for a below-par total of 148 runs. Apart from bowling, his power-hitting is also a big asset for Sydney Sixers.
The 36-year-old Steve O’Keefe has denied all the age restrictions to play this game. His experience has helped Sydney Sixers to have a strong bowling attack. Against Sydney Thunder in the first meeting, he picked up three wickets while conceded only 15 runs in his four overs. Currently, he is the second-highest wicket-taker of the side, notching 14 wickets in 11 matches at the economy rate of 7.
In his six matches played for Sydney Sixers, Jackson Bird has been economical while has given crucial breakthroughs. In the last match played against Sydney Thunder, he went wicketless. The pacer will look to redeem in Adelaide against Sydney Thunder.
Ben Dwarshuis was the leading wicket-taker of the side against Sydney Thunder. He picked up the important wicket of Sam Billings and Ben Cutting to cut short their innings while also sent Usman Khwaja early to halt them for 223 runs.
Llyod Pope notched the all-important wicket of Sydney Thunder’s captain Callum Ferguson to maintain the spot of sixers in the top five. But he could not control the run flow as he leaked 44 runs in his four overs. He will look to bounce back stronger against Melbourne Stars, who are currently standing at the seventh position in the points table.