Big Bash League 2022-23: Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers – Match 34 Preview and Updates

The 34th game of the Big Bash League 2022-23 season is expected to be a close one. In a home derby, the Sydney Thunder will face the Sydney Sixers. Thunder has won their last four games and is coming off a big win against the Perth Scorchers. The Sydney Sixers are back on top of the points table following their win over the Melbourne Stars, giving them confidence heading into the game.

The Sixers have a strong record against the Sydney Thunder, having won five of the last six meetings between the two clubs. They are at the top of the points table and are under less pressure. Given their form over the last four games, the Thunder will be difficult to beat. On Sunday, we anticipate a thrilling game.

The 34th Match between Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers will take place on January 8th, 2023 at Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney.

Match Details to Note

Match: Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, Match 34, Big Bash League 2022-23

Date: January 08, 2022 (Sunday)                                                 

Time: 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

Sydney Thunder (Match Odds – 2.00):


After a slow start to the season, Chris Green’s team has found its stride. They have won four straight games. The team is coming off a 6-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers. Key players are performing well for the team, which gives them confidence. It will be difficult to beat the Sixers, and Green wants his players to give it their all.

Alex Hales has been in fantastic form and, along with Matthew Gilkes, will look to provide an electrifying start. They have a strong middle order that includes Rilee Rossouw, Oliver Davies, and Alex Ross. These players must form alliances. Ben Cutting, Nathan Mcandrew, and Green must do the heavy lifting in the lower middle order.

Their bowlers performed admirably in the previous game, and the team will be hoping for tight spells with the new ball from Brendan Doggett and Green. Usman Qadir and McAndrew shared 5 wickets in the previous game and will be confident. This attack is diversified by Joel Davies and Cutting.

Full Squad:

Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Rilee Rossouw, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha (c), Tanveer Sangha, David Warner, Ben Cutting, Usman Qadir, Gurinder Sandhu, Sam Whiteman

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Players to watch out for:

Alex Hales

Only three players have hit more runs in the tournament than Alex Hales, who has already passed 50 on three occasions.

Oliver Davies

The 22-year-old batter is gaining a solid reputation in this format, having hit half-centuries in his last two innings.

Nathan McAndrew

The right-arm medium fast bowler has a strike rate of 9.7 in the tournament and recently dismissed Perth Scorchers skipper Ashton Turner.

Possible Playing XI:

Chris Green (c), Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett, Usman Qadir

Sydney Sixers (Match Odds – 1.80):


Moises Henriques’ team put on an excellent performance in their last game against the Melbourne Stars. They chased a big total, won by 6 wickets, and reclaimed first place on the points table. They have a good record against Sydney Thunder, and Henriques will look to extend that record with a strong performance in this game.

James Vince and Josh Phillippe have performed well in this tournament, and the team would like to get off to a good start. The team’s middle order is solid, led by Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, and Jordan Silk. They bat deep and will rely on Daniel Christian, Hayden Kerr, and Sean Abbott for runs.

Sean Abbott and Todd Murphy were effective with the ball in the previous game, and they must make early breakthroughs. The rest of the bowlers failed to carry out their strategies, which will concern the skipper. To defeat Sydney Thunder, the team will need strong spells from Izharulhaq Naveed, Daniel Christian, and Chris Jordan.

Full Squad:

Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Izharulhaq Naveed, Chris Jordan, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Jordan Silk, James Vince, Todd Murphy, Mickey Edwards, Jack Edwards, Steve Smith, Josh Kann

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Players to watch out for:

James Vince

After a slow start to the season, James Vince has gradually increased his run total in recent games. Only Matthew Short and Chris Lynn have scored more runs in the tournament than him.

Jordan Silk

The Sixers’ middle-order batter has been a consistent source of runs, especially when others have failed. His 15 runs off 10 balls proved crucial in Melbourne Stars’ victory.

Sean Abbott

The BBL 2022-23 right-arm bowling all-rounder has 13 dismissals. His performance against the Melbourne Stars was his best in the competition.

Possible Playing XI:

Moises Henriques (c), Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Chris Jordan, Todd Murphy, Izharulhaq Naveed

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Head to Head

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played SYT Won SYS Won Tie NR
Overall 21 7 14 0 0

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Toss Prediction

As in the past, the conditions for batting will be difficult at the start of the game. In such circumstances, the team chasing the score would have an advantage. Given the conditions, the skipper who wins the toss will most likely bowl on this surface.

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Pitch Report

Sydney Showground Stadium is a typical T20 venue with high-scoring games. The ball lands nicely on the bat, and the smaller ground size adds to the batsman’s enjoyment. Fast bowlers benefit from the surface with the new ball, while spinners benefit as the pitch wears down.

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The weather forecast for Sydney on January 8 is not promising, with cloud cover. The pitch is expected to be flat, but bowlers will benefit from the overcast conditions. On this surface, any score of more than 160 runs would be a competitive total.

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Prediction

The Sydney Thunder have won four straight games, so this will be an exciting match. Their batsmen look strong, but the team will need a strong performance from its bowlers to succeed. The Sydney Sixers are on a roll and one win away from making the playoffs. They have a winning record against the Sydney Thunder. It will provide them with a slight advantage in the game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Sydney Sixers is the favourite to beat Sydney Thunder at the odds of 1.80.

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Most Recommended Player for Bet:

James Vince hit 91 not out from 59 balls on Friday, and the right-hander is a strong candidate to be the Sydney Sixers’ leading run scorer against the Sydney Thunder.

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