In the 20th fixture of the Big Bash League season 13, Sydney Thunder will host Sydney Sixers on Saturday at Giants Stadium, Sydney. Both teams are at a different tangent of the point table with a point differential of 4 points.
Sydney Thunder are currently struggling at the 5th spot in the point table with a single win and a net run rate of -0.158.
Sydney Sixers started the new season of BBL on a positive note and they are currently at the 3rd spot in the point table with 3 wins and a net run rate of +0.167.
Bird is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in BBL season 13 with 6 wickets in 4 matches at an economy of 8.35.
The betting tip is...
Jackson Bird to pick 2.5+ wickets in the game
Sydney Thunder is a team with multiple star players in the batting unit but their weakness is their below-average bowling because of which the team is suffering.
The pace attack includes skipper Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, and Nathan McAndrew. The trio has been unsuccessful in making an early impact in the game with the new ball.
As the starting pace attack fails, the team becomes dependent on the fourth pacer i.e. Daniel Sams. Sams is an experienced allrounder who is performing consistently but he alone can’t help the team to win.
The team also has Pakistan’s PSL star Zaman Khan who is new to the BBL setup but has done a good job in the recent games.
In the batting section, Camron Bancroft & Alex Hales have given the team a successful start in every game and the duo will be hopeful to continue the momentum.
Oliver Davis, Alex Ross, and Jason Sangha will have to pull up their socks to score more runs in the middle order.
Skipper Chris Green won’t be making any changes to the winning combination of the team.
Predicted Lineup: Chris Green (c), Cameron Bancroft (wk), Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Liam Hatcher, Zaman Khan, Tanveer Sangha
Sydney Sixers started on a positive note in the league with 3 consecutive wins but their winning streak was broken by Melbourne Stars in the previous fixture.
The opportunity to bat first was wasted by the top order except Jamce Vince who scored 83 off 55 at a strike rate of 150.91. James Phillippe (19 off 15) and Daniel Hughes (2 off 7) were early goners.
Skipper Moises Henriques (5 off 11) & Jordan Silk (1 off 2) failed to stabilize the Sixers’ innings. Jack Edwards (30 off 23) gave a major push to the overall score at the lower end.
On the bowling front, the bowlers did achieve timely breakthroughs but failed to control the run rate of the opposition.
Sean Abbott and Jackson Bird picked up 2 wickets each at an economy of 8 and 10.50 respectively. Steve O’Keefe and Jack Edwards scalped a single wicket each but it was not enough for the Sixers to score a win.
Todd Murphy might be part of the playing XI for the upcoming fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Joel Davies, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Todd Murphy, Steve OKeefe
Two of the biggest arch-rivals in the Big Bash League will collide on Saturday and we are in for an absolute thriller.
The Thunder have a clear weakness in their bowling unit. It is because of the same reason the efforts of the batters are going in vain.
The Sixers are coming after a loss but considering the depth of their batting and quality of bowling, they can bounce back. We predict a win for the Sydney Sixers on Saturday.