On January 30 (Saturday), Sydney Sixers will lock horns with Perth Scorchers in the qualifiers of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 in Canberra. It is the consecutive third time that the Sixers have entered the playoffs of this league.
Sydney Sixers, who lifted the trophy of the last season, will have to defeat Perth Scorchers in this encounter to lock his space in the grand finale of the 10th edition. In two meets this season with Scorchers, Sixers had won one match by seven wickets. Both the teams have strong bowling and batting line up. Their combat in qualifiers is likely to be neck to neck.
Although if they lose this match, the Sixers will get another chance in challenger to enter the finale.
Here, let’s take a look at Sydney Sixers Predicted XI:
The wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe is the leading scorer for Sydney Sixers. In 14 matches, he has amassed 454 runs, including three half-centuries at an outstanding strike rate of 149.34.
In the last match, Phillipe could not play a big knock although Sixers won the match. The franchise will hope that the 23-year-old play an explosive knock and give them a good base against Perth Scorchers.
James Vince has not been consistent this season although he is one of the leading scorers for Sydney Sixers. In 14 matches, he has scored 344 runs, including two half-centuries, at the strike rate of 131.80.
In the last match after the early loss of Phillipe, he set the base for the team and scored 46 runs off 32 balls.
Captaining Sydney Sixers in most of the group stage, Daniel Hughes is the fourth-highest scorer for his side. In 134matches, he has amassed 297 runs, including two half-centuries, at the strike rate of 134.38. 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 guided his side to victory after scoring unbeaten 35 runs off 25 balls. Overall, in 14 matches, he has scored 365 runs at an excellent strike rate of 144.26.
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. In the last match, he played a crucial knock scoring 38 runs off 29 balls. Overall, in three matches, he has scored 137 runs at the staggering strike rate of 153.93.
Daniel Christain has played many match-winning knocks for Sydney Sixers. 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.
In 14 matches, he has scored 252 runs at the mindblowing strike rate of 186.66.
Carlos Brathwaite went expensive in the last match against Melbourne Stars giving away 46 runs. In his four overs, he picked up only a wicket.
Overall, he has picked up 15 wickets in 14 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, the spinner is the third-highest wicket-taker of the side, notching 14 wickets in 12 matches at the economy rate of 7.17.
In his seven matches played for Sydney Sixers, Jackson Bird has been economical while has given crucial breakthroughs. In the last match played against Melbourne Stars, he went wicketless. The pacer will look to redeem in Canberra against Perth Scorchers.
Ben Dwarshuis is the leading wicket-taker of Sydney Sixers. He has picked up 19 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 8.69.
In the last match against Melbourne Stars, he picked up three important wickets in his four overs quota while conceded 27 runs and bowled one maiden over.
The right-arm pacer Sean Abbott has returned to Sydney Sixers after the conclusion of the four-match Test series against India. He has played only two matches in the group stage matches and has picked up four wickets at the economy rate of 7.50.