BBL 6 , Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers , Showdown cricket stadium , Sydney
One of the world’s most watched T20 league Big bash is all set to begin with the 6th edition of it. It is the clash of two derby rivals from Sydney. It is always a great contest to watch these 2 play against each other. It is going to get more exciting with presence of top T20 guns in both side in form of Andre Russell (ST) , Eoin Morgan(ST) , Jason Roy (SS) & Sam Billings (SS).
Pitch & conditions
Historically it has always been a pitch which assists bowlers with a bit of inconsistent bounce but if a batsmen tends to spend some time in the middle then he will get true value for his shots. The weather is going to be clear and sunny with a bit of cloud cover later in the evening. No chances of any rain interruptions
(Based on records from BBL 4 & BBL 5.)
6 matches have been played at Showdown stadium, Sydney in BBL 4 & 5 in which the first inning score has been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second) :
173/2 , 175/1 , 117/2 , 158/1 , 106/2 , 77/2 . Both the low scores of 77 and 106 were in BBL 4 which suggests that it has turned to be a bit high scoring venue last year. Average sums up to 134 but you should expect a score bit higher than this in tomorrow’s clash.
Watch out for
Andre Russell superman from West Indies has arrived in Sydney and is set to play the opening game for Sydney Thunder after an impressive performance in BPL where he took his side Dhaka towards a title win. Sydney Thunder will be expecting him to deliver with both bat and ball. He is an amazing talent who can bowl at 145 kph + and can hit 100+ meter sixes.
Sam Billings young talent from England who choose cricket over professional football. He has refused offers from top football clubs to play cricket. He is set to debut in BBL6 for Sydney Sixers. He is very aggressive and cheeky player a kind of 360 player who can hit any ball anywhere similar to likes of Jos Buttler and AB De Villers. He will be key in the middle order for Sydney Sixers.
The have a good and a bad news both. Starting up with good one. Fast bowler Pattrck Cummins has been declared fit to take part in tomorrow’s clash and bad news being . Former test all rounder Shane Watson who was supposed to captain Thunder this season is unavailable due to his calf injury. Ben Rohrer will take over captaincy in absence of Shane Watson.
13 man squad : Ben Rohrer (captain), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Clint McKay, Eoin Morgan, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu, Andre Russell
They have been boosted by the availability of Moises Henriques , Sean Abott and Steve Okeffe who all are coming back from injury. Former South African allrounder Johan Botha is set to debut for Sixers as a local player after attaining Australian citizenship this year. England internationalist’s Jason Roy and Sam Billings are also going to feature in Sydney Sixers line up.
13 man squad : Moises Henriques (captain), Sean Abbott, Sam Billings, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Daniel Hughes, Joe Mennie, Stephen O’Keefe, Jason Roy, Henry Thornton, Jordan Silk
Stats & trivia
* Jason Roy was part of Sydney Thunder in BBL 4 and he is set to debut for Sydney Sixers tomorrow.
* Moises Henriques needs 128 runs to reach 1000 BBL runs.