The Sydney Sixers will be desperately hoping that the 13th Sydney Smash proves to be a lucky one for them in which they finally record their first win of the season against the Thunder in front of their home fans at the SCG.
The Sixers plunged to their sixth loss from as many games when they were narrowly defeated by the in-form Hobart Hurricanes last Monday. When the Hurricanes raced to 1/78 off ten overs it seemed that the Sixers were destined to be chasing a mammoth total, however some clever variation from Sean Abbott (3/27 off four overs) restricted Hobart to an achievable 6/170. In reply the Magenta Men got off to their now customary slow start, slumping to 2/31, before a 60-run stand between Jordan Silk (45 off 37 balls) and Sam Billings (61 not out off 31 balls) brought them within range, however the Hurricanes eventually ran out winners by five runs after Billings was unable to send the final ball into the stands.
The Thunder’s last match was also a thrilling encounter, however they came out on the right side of the ledger by three runs against the Perth Scorchers after an Usman Khawaja classic (85 off 51 balls) inspired a strong total of 4/175 batting first. The Sydney side appeared to have the match all wrapped up when Perth lumbered to 4/35, but in the end it was left to Kiwi paceman Mitchell McClenaghan (1/53 off four overs) to narrowly defend 25 off the last over which he managed to accomplish despite some nervy moments. With little depth across each batting unit and the Sixers’ bowling attack strengthened by recent team changes, I’m going to have a cheeky wager against any batsman reaching a half-century in this one.
- Jordan Silk is the only batsman in the Sydney Sixers squad to have scored a fifty this season.
- Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson are the only batsmen in the Sydney Thunder squad to have scored a fifty this season.
- The Thunder have won four of their past five matches against the Sixers.
BACK Fifty Scored? No at 4.50 or better for 0.5 units.