Deadline: January 18, 2020 at 1:40 PM IST

Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney

Pitch report

The average first and second innings scores, in completed matches, at the Sydney Showground Stadium read 152 and 155 respectively this season. A target has been defended once and chased down twice at the venue.

Of the 34 wickets that have fallen, only 10 belong to the spinners.

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Fantasy team

We have opted for a fantasy team on the basis of players’ impact, recent performances, and credit points.

You can also check players’ performances in the last 5 matches. Tap on the players’ images to get the data while making your fantasy team.

Wicketkeeper: Josh Philippe

Batsmen: Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Hughes, Alex Ross, Usman Khawaja

All-rounders: Tom Curran (vc), Daniel Sam (c), Chris Morris

Bowlers: Lloyd Pope, Ben Dwarshuis

NOTE: Pick your fantasy cricket team wisely.

Power players

Tom Curran is the third-highest wicket-taker of the season and has scored 123 runs with a strike rate of 158. He has been one of the top picks for captaincy throughout the season.

Daniel Sams tops the bowling charts. His 17 wickets have come at a stunning average of 16.2. Like Curran, he too can use the long handle to a devastating effect.

Calum Ferguson, in literal sense of the idiom, has been leading from the front for the Thunder. He holds the innings together and goes full throttle at the death.

Highest run-scorers

Calum Ferguson: Runs 302 | SR 135 | 50×3

Josh Philippe: Runs 277 | SR 128 | 50×2

Alex Hales: Runs 254 | SR 139 | 50×1

Usman Khawaja: Runs 247 | SR 127 | 50×2

Daniel Hughes: Runs 231 | SR 131

Alex Ross: Runs: Runs 217 | SR 137 | 50×1

James Vince: Runs 190 | SR 123 

Highest wicket-takers

Daniel Sams: Wickets 17 | Economy 8

Tom Curran: Wickets 14 | Economy 9.8

Chris Morris: Wickets 11 | Economy 8.9

Lloyd Pope: Wickets 10 | Economy 7.1

Ben Dwarshuis: Wickets 10 | Economy 7.9

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Match prediction

The previous Sydney derby ended in a tie and it eventually was won by the Sixers in a super over. Tom Curran was the star of the match for his bowling figures of 2 for 23 and score of 35 off 17.

The momentum is with the Sixers: they have won 4 of their last matches, while the Thunder have won only 1.

Probable XIs

Thunder: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe

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

Also, get to know the tips & tricks on how to play fantasy cricket.


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