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Sixers looking to lift against Thunder

13 January 2018

The Sydney Sixers will look to notch their first win of their BBL|07 campaign against arch-rivals Sydney Thunder at the SCG on Saturday.

The last time these two franchises clashed was in round one, where the green army snuck home late to snatch an unlikely victory. 

The Sixers want vengeance, and with a number of new signings and inclusions, there’s no better time to register our first win than in front of 40,000 screaming Sixers supporters on Saturday night.

Tonights’ game:

Last five games played between the two sides: SIXERS 2, THUNDER 3

Last time they met: The Sydney Thunder got over the line in a last over thriller. Arjun Nair steering the side home after a Shane Watson special with the bat. 

Key Players

THUNDER:

Usman Khawaja:

The Aussie number 3 has one of the best records in BBL history, and he demonstrated why he’s one of the best in the business with a classy 85 last start against a strong Scorchers outfit.

Fawad Ahmed:

The Pakistani born leg-spinner has an unbelievable record against the Sixers. He has taken 4-fa the last two times these sides have clashed, and he’s been in imperious form through the whole tournament… Watch his wrong-un.

SIXERS:

Carlos Braithwaite:

Big Carlos. The West Indian plays his old side in his first game in magenta. The skipper of the his international t-20 team, he oozes class and is useful with both bat and ball. If you need a reminder of how good he is, watch the replay of the final over of the most recent t-20 world cup. Decent.

Nathan Lyon:

Off a successful Ashes campaign, the GOAT will re-ignite his short form cricket against the Thunder on Saturday night. He has a career economy rate of a tick over 7, and averaged 16 with the ball last season.

What they said:

Speaking on Friday, Johan Botha was excited about the prospect of another Sydney Smash in front of a bumper SCG crowd.

“It’s always an exciting contest {against the Thunder}. This is one of the bigger group games along with New Year’s Eve at Adelaide, and the Melbourne derbies. So we’re very excited.”

He was also upbeat about the sides chances with a raft of changes and new inclusions:

“We bring in Carlos Braithwaite and Joe Denly… We also welcome back Nathan Lyon and Moises Henriques, which increases the variety of our side.”

“Things haven’t really gone our way so far… The Thunder are fighting for a play-off spot, so hopefully we can make it tough for them!”

Match Details:

Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers – 7:25pm, January 12, SCG.

Live on Network Ten.

 


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