Sydney Sixers Team News & Playing 11
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Ben Manenti made his T20 debut in the win against Melbourne Renegades and claimed the man-of-the-match award after taking 2-13 from his four overs with his off-spin. The 21-year-old is likely to retain his place in the squad, with the only change to the 13 being Greg West replacing Lloyd Pope. The starting XI could be unchanged.
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Jordan Silk has top-scored in three of the Sydney Sixers’ four matches so far, scoring 67* against Perth Scorchers, 41* against Melbourne Stars and 30 against Melbourne Renegades. His only failure came in the derby defeat to Sydney Thunder.
Daniel Hughes partnered him with 62 in the first game, to lead the Sixers to victory, while they are awaiting Joe Denly’s best form after the opening batsman earned an England recall in the shortest format in October. Captain Moises Henriques is also yet to show his best form, bit can be explosive on his day.
The bowlers have starred so far instead, with Tom Curran claiming 3-18 last time out (and hitting 23* with the bat) after also taking 3-24 and scoring 62 against Sydney Thunder. The England all-rounder has been backed by an attack that includes Steve O’Keefe – who has nine wickets from four games – and Sean Abbott, who took 2-16 last time out and now has six for the tournament. Ben Manenti, on his debut, was man of the match with 2-13 from four overs.
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Sydney Sixers started the Big Bash League with a win, which owed much to Jordan Silk (67*) and Daniel Hughes (62) putting on 124 for the fourth-wicket as they beat Perth Scorchers by 17 runs.
The derby with Sydney Thunder followed, but Tom Curran’s all-round performance – 3-24 with the ball and 62 from 40 balls with the bat – was not enough as they lost by 21 runs.
Another defeat followed – a five-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars after posting 130/9. The Stars had 31 balls to spare as they stormed to victory at the SCG. Sydney bounced back again, however, in a low-scoring win against Melbourne Renegades. Jordan Silk scored 30 in a total of 132/7, before the bowlers impressed. Tom Curran’s 3-18 led the way, while Ben Manenti was man of the match for his debut 2-13 as the Renegades finished 33 runs short on 99/9.
Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing 11
Jake Edwards, Joe Denly, Moises Henriques, Dan Hughes, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti