On Wednesday (January 6), Sydney Sixers will face off Perth Scorchers at Perth Stadium in the 30th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the ongoing season.
After Sydney Thunder lost their last match, Sydney Sixers moved to the number one position, having won five out of seven matches played. With the strong bowling and batting line up, they have the upper hand in the game against Perth Scorchers, who are languishing at the bottom of the table with three losses in five matches.
Here, let’s take a look at how Sydney Sixers playing XI might shape in:
The wicketkeeper-batsman has managed to give a good start which has aided the middle order to comfortably accelerate the innings. In his last two outings, Phillipe has yielded more than 40 runs in each innings. Moreover, he is currently the leading scorer of the tournament.
Overall, he has amassed 261 runs, including one half-century, in seven matches at an upstanding strike rate of 144.19.
Phillipe’s opening partner Jack Edward’s poor outings are the cause of the concern for Syndey Sixers. After scoring 47 runs in the season opener, he hasn’t been able to touch even 30 runs mark in his last six matches. Edwards needs to stitch up a match-winning opening partnership to put the Sixers in a strong position.
After being a flop in his last five matches, James Vince bounced back stronger in the last match against Adelaide Strikers to guide his side to victory. He stitched a partnership with Josh Phillipe and Jordan Silk and scored unbeaten 45 runs to chase down a low score of 150. Vince will want to maintain his good form in the coming matches to maintain the team’s spot at the top.
Daniel Hughes (c):
After playing a captain’s knock against Melbourne Stars where he scored 96 runs, Daniel Hughes hasn’t been able to stay longer in the field. In his last three matches, he has scored 2, 2 and 12 runs respectively. To keep his team at the top, the skipper needs to build innings when others fail.
Jordan Silk is a big asset for the team in batting as well as fielding. He has scored runs in the middle order to take games home.
In the first meeting 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.
Against Adelaide Strikers in the first meeting, 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 against Strikers in the second meeting.
Against Adelaide Strikers, Jake Ball joined the team in place of Jason Holder, whose contract has ended with Sydney Sixers. This was his maiden match of the season but the bowler had a disappointing outing. In his four overs, he gave away 42 runs and picked only one wicket. He will be given one more chance to prove his case to the team.
In the last match against Adelaide Strikers, he bowled only two overs and gave away 16 runs while went wicketless. He didn’t get the opportunity to bat to show his power-hitting.
His best, in the ongoing season, had come against Melbourne Stars. 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 Perth Scorchers to maintain the top spot in points table.
The left-arm pacer Ben Dwarshuis is the leading wicket-taker of the. In seven matches, he has notched 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.33. He has also registered a four-wicket haul this season.
The left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe, who was the most expensive for Sydney Sixers in the first match, has controlled his economy rate. Against Strikers in the first meeting, he picked two wickets while gave away eight runs in two overs. The 36-year-old has proved that being experienced always benefits the team.
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 in the first meeting, he notched two wickets while gave away only 23 runs in his four overs quota. Sydney Sixers will hope that the 23-year-old continues a similar performance in the coming matches.