Date & Time: Saturday, December 28, 13:40 IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia.
SCG gears up for the Sydney Smash
This Saturday at SCG, it is the Sydney smash as the Sixers and Thunder clash off for the first time in the season. The Thunder is at the top of the table with a couple of convincing victories. In both those games, runs were piled and the bowlers too had their say. On the other hand, the Sixers won & lost a couple of games so far. Their strength seems to be their bowling with surplus wicket-takers and in the batting, they are heavily depended on the top order.
Sean Abbott, the Sixers pacer is at the top of the points chart in the match. He has a PPM of 51 in the format. Chris Green and Ben Dwarshuis are next in the pecking order in the bowling unit, who have a PPM of 40 in 80 & 42 matches respectively.
In the all-rounders section, there are pretty good choices to be considered in the match. Chirs Morris is at the top of the list with a PPM of 50 in the format. Daniel Sams and Tom Curran are not too far away with a PPM of 47 & 45 respectively.
In batting, the Thunder’s opening pair are hot picks for this match. Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales have a PPM of 48 & 43 respectively in the format. The Sixers top order batsmen, Josh Phillip, James Vince, and Daniel Huges, who all have a PPM of close to 40 in the format, follow in the order.
The Sixers is likely to bring in Ben Mehenthi in place of Hayden Kerr who was missing in the 13-men squad for the Sydney smash. The Thunders is likely to continue with the same XI of the last match.
The Surface in Sydney has proved to be on the high scoring side, unlike the previous season. In the two matches played in the season, batsmen have enjoyed their time but the bowlers to have something on offer as it is known to offer every time.
The South African all-rounder has been impressive in his first match of the tour where he chipped in with a couple of wickets. It looks like he is just continuing from where he left in the MSL. His role in the side is to bowl crucial overs of the innings, which gives him the opportunity to be amongst the wickets most of the time.
In the last match, he showed how good he can be when he gets going. His knock helped the side to chase the target with ease. His PPM of 48 in the format indicates there are more big knocks to come from him in the tournament.
He is just getting better after every passing match. In the tour, he has a PPM of 54 which is more than his career PPM in the format. Just like Morris, he is going to be the top pick for fantasy players for this match.
He is just continuing his good form from the last edition of BBL which yielded him the national call recently. In the tour, he has a phenomenal PPM of 72 and an MDTA of 1. There is every chance he will continue the good work in today’s match as well.
He is the vital cog of Sixers lineup which doesn’t have the much-needed depth in the batting. His main strength is that he has been equally good alongside the surplus wicket-takers of the side. He has a PPM of 56 and an MDTA of 1.33 in the tour.