38TH MATCH 2020-21
13-Jan-2021, 08:15 AM
38TH Match (N), SYDNEY, Jan 13 2021, Big Bash League
SYT VS SYD MATCH PREDICTION & ANALYSIS
These are early days in the ongoing Big Bash League but there is a clear line of separation emerging between the teams at the top and the ones at the bottom. Melbourne Stars seem to be running away with the lead as they currently have eight points with a net run-rate of 1.218. Right at the opposite are the two teams that are still searching for their first win.
Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers are the two teams that are in the bottom half of the table. They both have played only one game in the tournament thus far and can pretty much turn things around in the matches to follow. They are set to meet each other in the upcoming BBL match on wednesday, 13th January at Sydney show ground stadium, Sydney. Given that momentum can play a significant role in the shortest version of the game, both sides will be desperate to their first win of the tournament. A cracker of a contest is certainly on the cards.
Syndey Thunder did reasonably well last year as they bowed out of the competition after reaching the challenger final stage. They started off pretty well, registering three wins in their first five matches, but their campaign was more or less a struggle in the middle part of the tournament. As was the case with many teams, Melbourne Stars proved to be their wrecker-in-chief as Stars defeated the Thunder in a virtual semi-final contest.
Given what has been happening all around us, Sydney Thunder seems to be the team that is least affected. None of their players will be away to play for Australia, allowing Thunder plenty of options as far as domestic talent is concerned. Overseas as well, they have a decent contingent available with Sam Billings likely to join the team after Christmas. Hales and Milne, however, are available right from the start.
The Thunder are coming off an embarrassing at the hands of Melbourne Stars in the only match that the Thunders have played. While the bowlers did a decent job for the Thunder, their batsmen failed to finish the deal despite dictating terms for the most part of their chase. Tanveer Sangha and Daniel Sams were brilliant with the ball as they picked up a couple of wickets each without giving a lot away. Chris Green returned with a couple of wickets as well, but he was a tad too expensive as he gave away 42 runs in his four overs.
With the bat, Thunder lost Usman Khawaja in their chase of 170, but a solid partnership between Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson not only brought them back into the business but also pushed them onto the driving seat. They needed 55 off the last five overs with Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, and Daniel Sams available, but managed to score only 32. Ferguson top-scored for them with a 35-ball 54 and Hales scored 46 off 41.
It was surprising to see Alex Hales sit out the first match given how lethal he can be. He has picked up 116 wickets at an economy of 7.65 in the T20s that he has played. Perhaps Thunder missed a trick by keeping him out of the opening match. Other than that, it was all about execution for the Thunders and after a defeat in the first match, we expect them to come back harder and stronger.
The Sydney Sixers could not have asked for a better match than they played against the Melbourne Renegades. All of their batsmen that had missed out in the opening game scored runs and the bowlers were absolutely brilliant as well.
Josh Philippe scored 95 to headline the inning but contributions from Daniel Hughes and Jordan Silk cannot be overlooked either. In fact, Jordan Silk’s 45 from 19 deliveries was what pushed the total over 200.
The Sixers are going to look to continue in the same vein in this match. All of their batsmen now have runs to their name in BBL 2020-21 which is a great sign for them moving forward.
Steve O’Keeffe, Ben Dwarshius, Gurinder Sandhu, and Carlos Brathwaite had a great outing but we do think there are some weaknesses here to exploit. None of the pace bowlers in the team have any real pace and can be expensive frequently.
The pressure to pick early wickets is always going to be on the Sydney Sixers otherwise they are going to struggle.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The conditions are going to be in favor of the batsmen. Sydney showground stadium had some extra bounce on the surface that made batting interesting and kept the bowlers in the game. Overall, though, the small boundaries are going to be enticing for the batsmen of both sides.
A score of around 175-180 should be par.
SYT VS SYD BETTING TIPS
Considering that both sides are coming off massive defeats in their previous respective matches, both sides will be desperate got get off the mark. One thing common between the two sides is that they both were defeated by Melbourne Stars. Sydney Thunder appear to be having a more complete side as compared to the Sixers. Their batsmen appeared to be in decent form in the last match before fumbling in the final few moments. With a good amalgamation of you and experience, Thunder certainly seem to be better equipped to emerge on top in the upcoming fixture.