Date: January 21, 2023
Time: 1:35 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
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As we head towards the end of the league stage of the Big Bash League, fans are presented with another Sydney Derby at the iconic SCG. Both cross-city rivals have been among the top teams in the tournament as they enter this game after big wins. Looking back at the previous derby game, the Sixers emerged victorious with a one-sided victory thanks to Sean Abbott’s brilliant spell.
The Sydney Cricket Ground has produced great batting tracks, especially under lights. The average 1st innings score is 157 in domestic T20 games.
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Among the favourites to win the trophy this year, the Sydney Sixers have been among the top teams in the tournament so far. This strong squad got even better with Steve Smith's return, who smashed the scintillating century in his first game. With the addition of Smith, the batting gets a massive boost. At the same time, their bowlers have been among the best so far in the tournament with Sean Abbott leading the line.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Sydney Sixers
Josh Philippe (wk), Steven Smith, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Steve OKeefe, Todd Murphy
Like the Sixers, the Sydney Thunder as well have managed to push for a top spot, especially after a poor start to their season. The loss of Alex Hales seemed like an issue for them but David Warner’s much-awaited return to the BBL helps them solve that problem with ease. The Thunder have also seen the rise of Oliver Davies, as the Curl Curl-born star has emerged as their best batter in the tournament with 323 runs. Their bowling has also stepped up well so far with Daniel Sams being the top performer with 16 wickets.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Sydney Thunder
Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Blake Nikitaras, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Usman Qadir, Brendan Doggett
Sydney Sixers are looking like the favourites to take the victory against Sydney Thunder as they have a more well-rounded team with star players in each department.
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