2019-20 Big Bash League – Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers taking place? Saturday 18th January, 2020 – 08:10 (UK)

Where is Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers taking place? Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers? 21c but there is a high chance of rain throughout the day, including when play is scheduled

What television channel is Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to BBL09 matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers in the UK? If televised, BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Sydney Sixers tied with Sydney Thunder (Sydney Sixers won the Super Over)

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY THUNDER

  • Sydney Thunder suffered a huge blow in their quest to make the finals after they were on the end of a shock defeat against the previously winless Melbourne Renegades in a rain-affected contest.
  • The Renegades posted 172/4 which was adjusted to a target of 135 from 14 overs due to the inclement weather and despite a quick-fire half-century from Alex Ross, Thunder fell 12 runs short via the D/L method.
  • Despite that disappointing loss, Thunder have not hit the panic button ahead of this all-Sydney affair and have opted to retain the same 13-man squad that they named for the game with the Renegades.

SYDNEY SIXERS

  • Sydney Sixers were denied the chance to respond to their big loss to Melbourne Stars as their game with Hobart Hurricanes lasted just over six overs before the weather hit and caused the game to be rained-off.
  • In their limited time at the crease, the Sixers had lost two wickets with Josh Philippe and James Vince falling just four balls apart which left their side at 21/2 but they had started rallying to move to 45/2 before the abandonment.
  • The Sixers have made two changes to their squad and it will more than likely result in changes to the starting XI with Nathan Lyon and Mickey Edwards included at the expense of Ben Manenti and Henry Thornton.

THE PREDICTION

The first Sydney Smash of this edition of the Big Bash League was a thriller and required a Super Over to determine a winner. With anticipation building ahead of this second contest with high hopes of another highly-competitive game, the weather could prove to be a major gate-crasher. Rain is expected in Sydney throughout the day and could force this game to be called off without a ball being played but if the forecast proves to be wrong, it is the Sixers that are likely to come out on top with them possessing more with the bat than their rivals.

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