Brad Haddin v Herschelle Gibbs
Arguably the most valuable players for their respected teams.
When batsmen walk out to their first delivery, naturally they play to survive the first ball or better, get off the mark. Call him crazy, but Sixers captain Brad Haddin last week provided the SCG crowd with the highlight of the night, smacking Chris Tremain for six with his first ball faced.
The wicketkeeper’s knock in round one against the Thunder proved the match winner, with 59 off 48 balls. Haddin has led his side to twelve straight victories and will want to play a part in a possible 13 consecutive wins for the boys in magenta come this Sunday against the Scorchers.
Herschelle Gibbs is one of only a handful of players in the world who can take a game away from an opposition in a matter of minutes. There is no denying the fact that Herschelle Gibbs holds the key to the Scorchers title hopes this season, and with his side placed at the bottom of the BBL ladder, Gibbs will be hungry for a big score this Sunday.
In his first two matches this season for the Scorchers, Gibbs failed on both occasions scoring just 14 and 0. Coincidentally, his side have lost both encounters against the Strikers and the Stars. Having seen what Gibbs has done for South Africa in the past, the SCG crowd will be hoping for a special innings from the opener.
Brett Lee v Nathan Coulter-Nile
Brett Lee finished with figures of 4-0-35-0 in round one, but the experienced paceman will want to improve on last week’s performance against the Thunder.
Binga has played a big part in what the Sixers have achieved over the past 12 months and would love nothing more than to continue in that same path.
The Scorchers' Nathan Coulter-Nile will look to get one up over his opposing paceman as he takes on the Sixers this Sunday night. Along with Lee, Coulter-Nile has also been below average with the ball conceding 9.2 runs per over in his two games for the season.
If you’re a batsman on Sunday night, watch out for a hungry Brett Lee and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Jeevan Mendis v Brad Hogg
The Sri Lankan import Jeevan Mendis versus former Australian International Brad Hogg. Right-hand left spin versus Left arm chinaman. You couldn’t have asked for two players so different, yet so alike. Both love to turn the ball, these two bowlers have a 12-year age difference.
The competition is still young so any tricks they have in store for the batsmen are yet to come out in BBL|02. Having had little impact on their matches last week, these two will be very keen on influencing the games outcome.