The opening match of KFC Big Bash League (BBL) 2016-17 is all set to take place with Sydney derby. The Sydney Thunder will take on Sydney Sixers on Tuesday, 20 December at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney. This important game for the both teams as they will look to start the campaign with a win. In the BBL05 opening fixture, Thunder defeated the city rival Sixers for the first time. As we build up to that match, we bring forward Sydney Thunder vs Sixers match prediction, preview along with team squads.
The match will start at 7:40 pm local time (8:40 am GMT/2.10 pm IST) and it will broadcast live on Channel Ten in Australia while Star Sports will have live coverage of Big Bash 2016-17 in India. Check out the complete Big Bash 2016-17 Schedule.
The defending champions Sydney Thunder will be led by Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. The teams have a bunch of quality players which make the team strong. The team batting will depend on Usman Khawaja, Clint McKay, Aiden Blizzard and Ben Rohrer. But opening batsman Khawaja will not play this match for the Thunder as he currently playing for Australia in the ongoing series against Pakistan.
The West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will also play for the Thunder which is plus point for the team as he is one of the top T20 all rounder who can help the team with both bat and ball.
The Sydney Sixers finished at the bottom of the standings of the previous season with just two wins from eight matches. Despite good players in the squad, Sixers failed to put a performance on the ground. Players like Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon will be unavailable for the match due to international matches Jason Roy will look to show some fireworks.
Bowling department of Sixer depends on Doug Bollinger, Joe Mennie, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott and Johan Botha.
Sydney Thunder vs Sixers Match Prediction
Looking at the previous form and current squad of both the teams, Sydney Sixers is looking strong and as per our prediction Sixer will win this match.
Sydney Thunder: Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Fawad Ahmed, Ryan Gibson, Chris Hartley, Usman Khawaja, Alister McDermott, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson, Aiden Blizzard, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Eoin Morgan, Arjun Nair, Andre Russell
Sydney Sixers: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques(c), Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Steve O’Keefe, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, Sam Billings, Doug Bollinger, Daniel Hughes, Joe Mennie, Jason Roy