Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers betting on Sunday 8th January at ANZ Stadium at 6.00pm.
Game 1 – defeated Melbourne Stars by six wickets (with six balls remaining) at MCG (17/12)
Game 2 – defeated Adelaide Strikers by six wickets (with nine balls remaining) at ANZ Stadium (23/12)
Game 3 – lost to Melbourne Renegades by six runs at ANZ Stadium (30/12)
Game 4 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets (with eight balls remaining) at Blundstone Arena (1/1)
v Sydney Sixers at ANZ Stadium (8/1)
v Perth Scorchers at ANZ Stadium (11/1)
v Brisbane Heat at ‘Gabba (17/1)
Game 1 – defeated Brisbane Heat by seven wickets (with eight balls remaining) at SCG (16/12)
Game 2 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 42 runs at Blundstone Arena (21/12)
Game 3 – defeated Melbourne Stars by two runs at SCG (27/12)
Game 4 – lost to Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets (with 14 balls remaining) at Etihad Stadium (2/1)
v Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium (8/1)
v Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval (10/1)
v Perth Scorchers at SCG (18/1)
One look at Daniel Smith and you wouldn’t think he’d be captaining an Australian domestic T20 side. But the truth is he captains the Sydney Thunder with aplomb and is one of his side’s most lethal batsmen. The 29-year-old is a devastating top order batsman who can take the game away from an opposition if he gets on song. This was proven when Smith smashed a record 185 not out off 123 balls for New South Wales against Victoria in a Ryobi One-Day Cup match in October at North Sydney Oval. He smashed the Bushrangers’ bowling attack, hitting 13 fours and 12 sixes – not a bad day out. Smith will look to replicate that aggression against the Renegades.
After a few seasons with the Victorian Bushrangers and now a few games with the Sydney Sixers, Dwayne Bravo is quickly becoming a charismatic T20 international recruit. The super cool 28-year-old is already a domestic T20 veteran of 94 matches, averaging 25 with both bat and ball. Bravo has scored nine half-centuries and taken two four-wicket hauls for teams right across the globe. He has been pushed up the order of late as he is being used more as an aggressive top-orders batsman for the Sixers.
1. Chris Gayle
2. Daniel Smith (C)
3. Usman Khawaja
4. Ben Dunk (WK)
5. Tim Cruickshank
6. Jason Floros
7. Sean Abbott
8. Luke Butterworth
9. Luke Doran
10. Scott Coyte
11. Fidel Edwards
1. Dwayne Bravo
2. Michael Lumb
3. Nic Maddinson
4. Steven Smith (C)
5. Moises Henrqiues
6. Ben Rohrer
7. Peter Nevill (WK)
8. Dominic Thornley
9. Brett Lee
10. Mitchell Starc/Josh Hazlewood
11. Stuart MacGill
There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned derby, in any sport. So the Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night will certainly be an enthralling contest and played with a bit of spice.
The Sydney Thunder started the tournament in such good knick with two consecutive wins. But they have fallen at the final hurdle in the past couple of days, going down to the Renegades and the Hurricanes by narrow margins.
The Thunder’s biggest issue is their heavy reliance on Chris Gayle at the top of top order. The Jamaican has clearly been the standout batsman of the tournament, smashing 239 runs from four games. But Gayle is the only Thunder batsman standing up at the moment and he can’t carry the team all by himself.
The Sixers have had a mixed start to their Big Bash League campaign. They have won both of their home games at the SCG, but haven’t been able to replicate those results away from home, losing to the Hurricanes in Hobart and the Renegades at Etihad Stadium. Their biggest issue is still their top order batting, because they rely so heavily on all-rounders to make runs so high up in the order.
There should be an electric atmosphere at ANZ Stadium and the support for either side should be reasonably even. The Thunder have played a few extra games at the venue already, but a number of Sixers players would have played there for New South Wales in the past. So no real home-ground advantage.
But the Sixers look the more settled and balanced side of the two Sydney teams. Both teams are a little weak from a batting viewpoint, but the Sixers have a few more weapons up their sleeve with the ball.
Sydney Sixers to win ($1.95 – Sportingbet)
Chris Gayle Thunder High Bat ($2.50 – Sportsbet)