Fantasy Cricket: Thunder v Sixers BBL Preview


The 38th match of Big Bash League will see the Sydney Derby as Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers will face each other at the Manuka Oval on 13th Jan.

There will be added excitement since this could well be a match between two table toppers. The Thunder are coming off a 17-run loss in their last match whereas the Sixers had a tight win in their last encounter.

Sydney Thunder Preview

With six wins from nine matches, the Thunder are in the second spot, just behind the Sixers having the same number of wins. Two of their batsmen, opener Alex Hales with 269 runs and captain Callum Ferguson with 244 runs are in the top-10 run-scorers list and should be popular among fantasy picks. Sam Billings played a brilliant innings of 83 runs last time out which almost took them to victory.

In the bowling department, Tanveer Sangha and Chris Green are leading the pack with 15 and 12 wickets, respectively. Brendon Doggett played his first match of the tournament in the previous match of the side and delivered a magical spell of 4-22. 

Sydney Sixers Preview

The Sixers are currently in a strong position and will look to confirm their spot in the top four as soon as possible. Like the Thunder, they also have two players in the top 10 of run-scorers list- the opener Josh Philippe with 273 runs and the captain Daniel Hughes with 264 runs. The all-rounder Daniel Christian is in great form and scored a match-winning 61 runs in the previous match.

They do not have any bowler in the top 10 list with Carlos Brathwaite leading the chart for them with 11 wickets. But they also have injured Ben Dwarshuis with 11 wickets and Steve O’Keefe and Daniel Christian with 10 wickets each to share the load.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Callum Ferguson already has three half-centuries in the tournament and despite a duck in the next match should carry on with his good form.

Daniel Christian already has 160 runs with two fifties and 10 wickets. He is proving to be a key all-rounder for the Sixers.

Daniel Hughes scored his second fifty in the last match and already scored 264 runs to make a significant contribution for his team.

Predicted XIs

Sydney Thunder: 1. Usman Khawaja, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Callum Ferguson (Capt), 4. Sam Billings, 5. Alex Ross, 6. Ben Cutting, 7. Nathan McAndrew, 8. Chris Green, 9. Adam Milne, 10. Brendan Doggett, 11. Tanveer Sangha

Sydney Sixers: 1. Josh Philippe, 2. Jack Edwards, 3. James Vince, 4. Daniel Hughes (Capt), 5. Jordan Silk, 6. Daniel Christian 7. Carlos Brathwaite, 8. Steve O’Keefe, 9. Jackson Bird, 10. Jake Ball, 11. Lloyd Pope

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