On Sunday, November 26, 2023, Sydney Sixers will lock horns with Sydney Thunder in match 56 of the Women’s Big Bash League 2023 at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. WBBL is moving into the important final phase of the league matches with the teams fighting to qualify for the playoffs. Three teams have already fixed their spot in the playoffs and Sydney Thunder are the frontrunner to seek the spot.
Sydney Sixers have enjoyed a much improved second half of their group stage campaign in this season of WBBL. They are already out of the playoffs, even a win in this match will not be enough to see them get into the top four. The Sixers have won their last fixture against the Brisbane Heat by six wickets. They have an excellent batting line-up with everyone contributing useful scores. They are placed at the sixth position on the points table with 12 points. They have won six out of their 13 matches.
Sydney Thunder was very strong in the first half of this year’s WBBL but their recent form has been really disappointing. Their playoff spot is yet not confirmed. Thunder have lost their previous fixture by 22 runs. They find themselves in a do-or-die scenario, needing a victory in this crucial match. Sydney Thunder are presently at fourth spot on the WBBL points table with 15 points. They have won seven out of their 13 matches so far.
Sydney Thunder need to win this match to qualify and will have a chance to finish at second place with other results going their way. Sydney Sixers are out of the qualification race and will look to end their season on a positive note with a win.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 56, Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder – Match Details
Date and Time: November 26, 2023, Sunday, 08:10 AM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and FanCode
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 56, Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder – Pitch Report
As the match will start in the early afternoon, the pitch is anticipated to be favourable for batters. The batters are likely to get help from the surface early in the match and the bowlers have something to offer too. Pacers can expect speed and bounce.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 56, Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this match is bright and sunny. Though early on in the afternoon, there may be some chances of rain but later on it is expected to be open sky. The temperature is likely to be around 25-degree Celsius with 60% humidity.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 56, Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder – Probable Playing XIs
Sydney Sixers: Ellyse Perry(c), Suzie Bates, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Chloe Tryon, Mathilda Carmichael, Maitlan Brown, Kate Pelle(wk), Kate Peterson, Lauren Cheatle, Linsey Smith.
Sydney Thunder: Heather Knight(c), Chamari Athapaththu, Tahlia Wilson(wk), Phoebe Litchfield, Marizanne Kapp, Anika Learoyd, Olivia Porter, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Hannah Darlington, Lauren Smith, Samantha Bates.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 56, Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder – Head-to-Head Records
Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder have 17 meetings between them in WBBL history. The Sixers have nine victories whereas the Thunder have six wins. Two games between these two sides have ended with no result.
Prediction: Sydney Thunder to win the match
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 56, Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder – Key Players
- Ellyse Perry: She is the top run-scorer for Sydney Sixers with 394 runs at a strike rate of 128. Perry is the in-form batter and has been good with the bowl too. She always enjoys the big stage and Sydney Sixers will no doubt bring the best out of her. Ellyse Perry won the Player of the Match award in the last clash for her excellent bowling figures of 3/40.
- Lauren Cheatle: She has been the best bowler for Sydney Sixers and has picked up 20 wickets with an economy rate of 6.88. In the previous match, she took a wicket and chipped in with economical overs. Lauren Cheatle has emerged as a key wicket-taker for the Sixers, providing a well-rounded effort.
- Chamari Athapaththu: She has been outstanding with the bat and ball all through the tournament. Athapaththu has proven one of the key players for Sydney Thunder in the WBBL campaign so far. The all-rounder is the top-scorer for Thunder with 451 runs at a strike rate of 135. Her role will be very crucial against the Sydney Sixers.
- Sammy-Jo Johnson: She has been in her prime form currently. Johnson took three wickets in the last match. She will be one of the valuable players of Sydney Thunder to watch out for against the Sydney Sixers. Her contribution with the bat and ball will be important in the must-win game for Thunder.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 56, Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keeper: Tahlia Wilson
Batters: Ellyse Perry(c), Heather Knight
All-rounders: Chamari Athapaththu, Marizanne Kapp, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Maitlan Brown, Ashleigh Gardner
Bowlers: Linsey Smith, Lauren Cheatle, Hannah Darlington