Big Bash League (BBL08) Fantasy Tips: Thunder vs Sixers Preview

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

It is derby time in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018 season as Sydney Thunder take on city rivals Sydney Sixers at the Sydney Showground Stadium on Monday. Both sides have picked up a win in their respective season openers and will be looking to continue their winning momentum. And of course, the bragging rights are up for the taking!

Sydney Thunder Preview

The Thunder started the season with a 15-run DLS method win over Melbourne Stars in a match handicapped by rain. On his BBL debut, Jason Sangha sparkled for the Thunder (63 from 36 balls), while Daniel Sams (34 from 21 balls, 3/5 in two overs) excelled with his all-round play.

The depth in batting and the presence of multiple all-round players gives Thunder the edge. As far as fantasy player picking goes, have a look at how Buttler, Watson or Sams can add value to your side!

Sydney Thunder Predicted XI: 1 Jos Buttler (WK) 2 Shane Watson 3 Callum Ferguson 4 Joe Root 5 Jason Sangha 6 Chris Green 7 Daniel Sams 8 Nathan McAndrew 9 Gurinder Sandhu 10 Sam Rainbird 11 Fawad Ahmed

Sydney Sixers Preview

After a below-par BBL07, the Sixers started this season with a positive performance picking up a facile 17-run win in their first match against the Perth Scorchers. While the pair of Daniel Hughes (62) and Jordan Silk (67) enjoyed batting success, Sean Abbott (3/29) and Steve O’Keefe (3/19) were brilliant with the ball.

Questions remain over their top-order, although Moises Henriques and Joe Denly add a lot of experience. If you are looking at your fantasy picks, the likes of Denly, Abbott and Henriques should be the ones on top of your list!

Sydney Sixers Predicted XI: 1 Jack Edwards 2 Joe Denly 3 Moises Henriques 4 Daniel Hughes 5 Jordan Silk 6 Josh Philippe (WK) 7 Tom Curran 8 Steve Abbott 9 Steve O’Keefe 10 Ben Dwarshuis 11 Lloyd Pope

Fantasy Players to Watch

Jos Buttler is a very strong presence at the top of the order for Sydney Thunder. The England international had a great year in T20s ever since he started opening. His ‘keeping gives extra impetus to have him in your fantasy side.

Daniel Sams had an excellent all-round game in the season opener, and is bound to get more chances up the middle-order to showcase his strong batting skills to go with his bowling.

Joe Denly may not have had a great start to this season, but we have seen in BBL07 how good he can be with the bat. His leg-spin is also an underrated asset and could be a surprise package for the Sixers.

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