The Sydney Sixers will head in to Wednesday nights clash with the Melbourne Renegades full of confidence after dismantling a hapless Hobart Hurricanes outfit.
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This game already has the hallmarks of a classic, when one of the deepest bowling units in the competition takes on the longest batting list, so expect fireworks.
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Nic Maddinson was instrumental in setting up a massive eight-wicket victory to start the BBL|04 campaign as he registered an unbeaten 84* (54). It was a coming of age for Maddo who smashed a record six sixer sixes as he and Moises chased down 154 on the SCG.
Sean Abbott was the pick of the bowlers (2/20) before the Sixers cruised past the required target with seven balls to spare.
Brad Haddin scored a remarkable 72 from just 45 balls to earn Man of the Match honours against Hobart, as he plundered eight fours and two sixes. The 38-year-old looked in incredible touch and could be a key player for us if we’re to post a big total on the Etihad Stadium.
To win this match however it’s likely one of the Sixers bowling attack will need to stand up and take a lot of wickets. With Abbott, Ayre, Bird, Bollinger, Botha, O’Keefe, Lawford and Henriques in the squad, no side arguably matches up to the Sixers for quality and depth, so look for one of these names to stand up and be counted on Wednesday night.
The Renegades enter the clash boasting some of world cricket’s most destructive batsmen, and Aaron Finch blasted his way in to ominous form against the Brisbane Heat.
The Australian representative smashed 65 from 45 deliveries to help the Renegades chase down an imposing target of 180. The Sixers won’t win this game unless they take a lot of wickets, and Finch’s will be highly sort after. The quality of batsman around him in Chris Gayle, Cameron White, Matthew Wade, Tom Cooper, Dwayne Bravo and Tom Beaton however means that the Sixers bowlers will need to be on song from start to finish.
Jordan Silk. He’s back.
Silk hit a swashbuckling 41 from 25 balls against the Hurricanes, rediscovering the dominant form he found in BBL|04. Perhaps most impressive was that Silk only scored 12 of his runs in boundaries, with a key partnership with Johan Botha – worth 38 runs – primarily consisting of some brilliantly run twos.
For the ‘Gades, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo boasts the ability to take the game away from the opposition in an instant with bat or ball, making him a dangerous prospect for the Melbourne side. The leading wicket-taker in this year’s IPL competition, Bravo varies his pace, line and length with regularity and doesn’t allow batsman to get comfortable at the crease.
Don’t sleep as well on allrounder Tom Beaton – he might not have the big name of some of his teammates, but he’s capable of hitting a big ball and could provide some late fireworks for the opposition.
The Sixers enter their third match of BBL|05 with one win and one loss to date, but the devastating fashion in which they defeated Hobart will have the side brimming with confidence.
Five-wicket hero Nathan Lyon will be unavailable for the match due to Test duties, but the Sixers are not short on international quality spin bowlers with Johan Botha and Stephen O’Keefe in the XI, alongside highly rated rookie spinner Riley Ayre. At just 19, Ayre has shown he can match it with the big boys after starring for the Sixers Academy for the last two seasons and on a slow Etihad deck, don’t be surprised to see him act as a third spinning option for the Sixers.
The Renegades began their tournament with a victory over Brisbane after chasing down 180 runs at the GABBA. While the surface at Etihad hasn’t always been conducive to big totals, their high-octane batting line-up will be looking to make it two from two against the Sixers.
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