2020-21 Big Bash League – Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder taking place? Friday 22nd January, 2021 – 08:15 (UK)

Where is Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder taking place? Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder? Ticket information for BBL10 can be found on this link

What channel is Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder on in the UK? BT Sport

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

THE LOWDOWN

SYDNEY SIXERS

  • Sydney Sixers have really highlighted their class of late and they made it three successive victories with a win over in-form Perth Scorchers last time out to solidify their spot at the top of the ladder.
  • The Scorchers made a blistering start with the bat as they raced to 76 runs off just seven overs but when opening pair Jason Roy and Liam Livingston were removed, the tide of the game changed with Perth falling from 103/1 to finish on 163/7.
  • Josh Philippe then continued his brilliant form in BBL|10 with a score of 84 to take him to a total of 421 for the tournament while James Vince also notched a half-century as the Sixers were able to reach their target with seven balls to spare.

SYDNEY THUNDER

  • Having looked a real threat for the majority of BBL|10, Sydney Thunder have now lost three straight games which means their position in the top five looks precarious and another defeat here could be devastating.
  • Despite several of their batsmen making solid starts, only Sam Billings really kicked on against Hobart Hurricanes last time out but their score of 177/5 looked like enough to defend.
  • The Thunder looked in a superb position after removing both openers to leave the score at 13/2 but Ben McDermott (96) combined with Dawid Malan (42) to put together a 109-run third-wicket partnership to help condemn the Sydney outfit to a six-wicket loss with 12 balls in hand.

THE PREDICTION

The second Sydney Smash of BBL|10 looks set to be a crucial one, particularly for the Thunder. Their early form left many suggesting that they could make a real challenge for the title but having lost their last three, they are not even guaranteed to make the finals. Their spot in the top five will be in real danger if they fail to stop the rot here but the Sixers will be determined to pile the pressure on their local rivals. They look likely to top the ladder in defence of their title having built a sizeable lead and they can now call upon the services of Sean Abbott and Moises Henriques to further enhance the quality in their squad. For the Thunder, they have lost all-rounder Daniel Sams to injury which is a huge blow and having already fallen short against the Sixers in their recent clash, it is difficult to see the Thunder ending their poor run of form here.

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