After a few days of break, Sydney Sixers is set to take on Adelaide Strikers on Sunday (December 20) in Hobart, where they registered a thrilling win against Melbourne Renegades.
Sydney Sixers started the 10th season of Big Bash League (BBL) with a defeat against Hobart Hurricanes but bounced back stronger by winning the next match with 145 runs.
Sixers have a dominating history against Strikers, winning all the last five matches. They will look to maintain their winning streak on Sunday.
Here, let’s take a look at how Sydney Sixers might shape in for the fixture:
Josh Phillipe went breakers against Melbourne Renegades even though his other end kept losing wickets at consecutive intervals. He got the support of Jordan Silk but the young wicketkeeper would be disappointed that he could not score a century. The right-hand batsman scored 95 runs off 57 balls, striking nine fours and three sixes to guide his team to set 206 runs target. The 23-year-old will look to get the hundred this team.
Jack Edwards was out after scoring one run, leaving his opening partner alone early. But in the first match against Hurricanes, he played a gritty knock scoring 47 runs off 39 balls after Phillipe could not set himself although his knock could not help Sixers to win the match.
The 20-year-old will look to redeem against Adelaide Strikers.
James Vince, who also scored a half-century in the first match of Sydney Sixers, was out for 17 runs against Renegades. 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.
The left-hand batsman Daniel Hughes has scored nine and 32 in the last two matches of Sydney Sixers. He will have to set himself as batting at number three, he has the responsibility to rebuild the innings whenever the top-order falls early.
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.
The fast bowling allrounder Daniel Christian didn’t get the opportunity to bowl but added 11 runs with his bat in the last stunning victory against Renegades. But in the first match against Hurricanes, he picked three wickets in the four over quota but went expensive, leaking 36 runs. The all-rounder will look to come better against Strikers.
Carlos Braithwaite hasn’t a good start to the BBL 2020-21 campaign. He hasn’t got much opportunity to bat while has bowled overall four overs in the contest so far and has not picked a wicket. Sydney Sixers will hope him to give them breakthroughs in the coming match.
The 26-year-old left-arm pacer has been extraordinary in the last two matches against Hurricanes and Renegades respectively. Against the former, he picked three wickets but was not economical albeit all the bowlers could not control the run rate. Against Renegades, he ran through their batting order, picking a four-wicket haul with three overs.
The spinner Steve O’Keefe, who was the most expensive in the first match, controlled his run rate against Renegades. He notched three wickets while gave away only 16 runs in his three overs.
Benjamin Manenti, the right-arm off-spinner, is only playing the second season of BBL. The young player hasn’t got much opportunity to get match ready ahead of the league. But the player has been in control with his bowling. Against Hurricanes, when everyone was proving to be expensive, he controlled the scoreboard. He picked only one wicket but registered an economy rate over of six. Sydney Sixers will hope to continue a similar performance in the coming matches.
Gurinder Sandhu, the 27-year-old fast bowler, hasn’t been given much bowling opportunity but has been retained in the team in the last two matches. But he is likely to be retained against Adelaide Strikers because he got the wicket of Melbourne Renegades and Australian captain Aaron Finch in the last match.