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Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Match Preview
Sydney derby on Sunday to be played at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Will lead the Sixers
Following the clash of Melbourne teams on Saturday, it is time for Sydney sides – Sixers and Thunder – to battle it out for supremacy in the city. With two matches scheduled for Sunday, the Big Bash League is ready to serve up plenty of entertainment this weekend, with teams eager to grab points to progress through.
Thunder, while still fourth on the table, have lost back-to-back matches. As a consequence, their good start to the tournament has now turned into an edgy situation where another defeat would dent their chances of making it through. In their defeats, their batting has struggled to do justice to its reputation, failing to go beyond 140.
The continued dependence on one-man shows has proven costly with the explosive Chris Gayle finding little support from his fellow batsmen. The likely comeback of David Warner though should boost their line-up.
The bowlers have had little to play with, but have done reasonably well given their constraints. Fidel Edwards will again be expected to pick up wickets while Scott Coyte has propped up as a silent threat too.
Sixers have been alternating between wins and defeats, and are precariously placed sixth on the table. They were comprehensively outplayed in the last match by Melbourne Renegades.
Although Dwayne Bravo failed with the bat, they have shown their grit in posting good totals, with Moises Henriques and Steve Smith possessing the ability to clear the ground with ease. From a bowling perspective, the struggle of Brett Lee continues to be a worry, leaking runs too often. At the same time, Sixers will be looking at Bravo to outdo Chris Gayle’s firepower – the two men having the ability to turn the game on its head on their own.
The match starts at 6pm local time at ANZ Stadium Sydney where a sizable audience is expected, much like the crowd at MCG during the Renegades-Stars game.