It is time for the ‘Sydney Smash’ as the Sydney Sixers take on the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League 2018/19 (BBL08) season. This match #49 will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday.
The Sixers (W7, L5) currently sit third on the BBL8 ladder and is coming off a comprehensive win over the Adelaide Strikers. The Thunder (W5, L6, NR 1) sit just outside the top-four and need to win to improve their chances. Both sides have two games remaining in the season to book their spot in the finals.
Sydney Sixers Preview
The hosts have now won three matches on the trot. Having lost the ‘Sydney Smash’ earlier this season, they will have revenge on their mind. Four players aggregate over 250+ runs this season, led by Daniel Hughes (294 runs, SR 122.50).
Bowling is the strongest suit for the Sixers, with their top-four bowlers all finding a place in the top-15 list. Take your pick among those four and they are sure to reward your fantasy side with wickets!
Sydney Sixers Predicted XI: 1 Daniel Hughes 2 Josh Philippe (WK) 3 James Vince 4 Moises Henriques 5 Jordan Silk 6 Jack Edwards 7 Tom Curran 8 Sean Abbott 9 Steve O’Keefe 10 Ben Dwarshuis 11 Ben Manenti
Sydney Thunder Preview
The visitors are in a rocky space right now, with just two wins in their last five matches. Callum Ferguson (369 runs, SR 141.37) has finally found a way to convert his starts into big runs. However, Shane Watson’s loss of form remains a concern.
The Thunder haven’t really exerted themselves with the ball and only two bowlers aggregate ten-plus wickets. Daniel Sams (15) and Fawad Ahmed (13) are top of the charts for the visitors in BBL08.
Sydney Thunder Predicted XI: 1 Shane Watson 2 Anton Devcich 3 Callum Ferguson 4 Arjun Nair 5 Chris Green 6 Baxter Holt (WK) 7 Daniel Sams 8 Chris Jordan 9 Gurinder Sandhu 10 Jonathan Cook 11 Fawad Ahmed
Fantasy Players to Watch
Callum Ferguson has picked up form with scores of 52, 113* and 28 in his last three matches. His ability to post big scores should land a place in your fantasy side!
Daniel Hughes has been the leading scorer for the Sixers this season. In five of his last seven knocks, he managed to get into double digits.
Sean Abbott is consistent with his wicket-taking abilities and has 18 to his name in BBL08. Six wickets in his last three matches mean he is in good form as well.
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