Sixers vs Stars
Sixers vs Stars

Deadline: January 20, 2020 at 1:10 PM IST

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Pitch Report

The average first and second innings scores at the Sydney Cricket Ground read 163 and 149 respectively this season. The highest score registered at the venue is 209 for 4, courtesy Chris Lynn’s blistering knock of 94 off 35 including 11 sixes. The pitch, however, reaps rewards for pacers who have off-cutters in their armoury. Batsmen find it difficult to clear the boundary line off slower deliveries, making spinners a threat as well.

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Fantasy Team

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Wicketkeepers: Josh Philippe

Batsmen: James Vince, Hilton Cartwright, Nic Maddinson, Daniel Hughes

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Tom Curran (c), Marcus Stoinis

Bowlers: Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf (vc), Ben Dwarshuis

Power players

Both teams have spectacular fast bowlers at their disposal: Haris Rauf has been a phenomenon with his raw pace, while Tom Curran has proved why variations are vital in the shortest format. More importantly, both will be pitted against top-class batsmen.

Marcus Stoinis has one duck and one single-digit score, and despite these two failures, he is at the top of the batting chart.

After his match-winning knock of 83* against the Strikers, Josh Philippe has four scores in single digits. He knows he is better than that, and on his day, he can give any good bowling unit a run for their money.

Highest run-scorers

Marcus Stoinis: Runs 523 | SR 133 | 100×1 | 50×4

Glenn Maxwell: Runs 341 | SR 164 | 50×3

Josh Philippe: Runs 278 | SR 127 | 50×2

Daniel Hughes: Runs 231 | SR 128

Hilton Cartwright: Runs 209 | SR 122 | 50×2

James Vince: Runs 195 | SR 117

Highest wicket-takers

Haris Rauf: Wickets 16 | Economy 6.8

Tom Curran: Wickets 15 | Economy 9.7

Sandeep Lamichhane: Wickets 12 | Economy 7.3

Lloyd Pope: Wickets 10 | Economy 7.1

Ben Dwarshuis: Wickets 10 | Economy 8

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Match Prediction

This is a top-of-the-table clash. The Stars have lost only once in 11 matches, while the Stars are comfortably placed at the second spot with 7 wins in as many matches.

In the previous contest, Marcus Stoinis smashed the highest score (147* off 79) of the league. The Sixers fell short by 44 runs in a massive chase of 219. Given the nature of the pitch, he might as well go bonkers yet again.

Probable XIs

Sixers: Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Justin Avendano, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe

Stars: Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nick Larkin, Seb Gotch (wk), Clint Hinchcliffe, Daniel Worrall, Lance Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane

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