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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction Women's Big Bash League 2019 - Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder

Dane van Niekerk

The opening match of the Women's Big Bash League 2019 will be played between Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney.

As the Womens Big Bash League 2019 is all set to kick off with the Sydney derby, it promises to set the tone for the reminder of the tournament. The two teams have roped in players with a mix of experience and exuberance and this one is expected to be a close encounter.

The head to head stats between the two teams also indicate the same, with Sydney Thunder slightly edging Sydney Sixers with a 5-4 tally. However, Sixers have a clear advantage in terms of their home ground as the match will be played at the North Sydney Oval.

The Sixers have won their last 5 matches at this venue. Moreover, they have beaten Sydney Thunder in both the last two matches they have played at this venue.

Players like Alisha Burns, Emma Hughes, Maddy Darke, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Stella Campbell, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp make Sydney Sixers formidable opponents as each of them are capable of winning a match on their own.

Captain Ellyse Perry will remain their top batter. She has been in sublime from since the last edition of the tournament where the skipper blasted 777 runs and has performed extremely well in International Cricket since then. South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp, who picked up 20 wickets in WBBL 2018, would be the leading bowler for the Sixers.

Rachael Haynes, who replaces Alex Blackwell, as the Sydney Thunder skipper would be the team's top batter. All-rounders Nida Dar, the first Pakistani player to play in the league and Rene Farrell would be key for Sydney Thunder's fortunes this season.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Sydney Sixers- Alyssa Healy (wk), Ellyse Perry (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Jodie Hicks, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-holmes, Lauren Cheatle

Sydney Thunder- Rachael Haynes (c), Rachel Priest (wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell, Tahlia Wilson, Nida Dar, Rene Farrell, Rachel Trenaman, Lisa Griffith, Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Sydney Thunder

Who will win? – Sydney Sixers

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ellyse Perry (Sydney Sixers), Rachael Haynes (Sydney Thunder)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Marizanne Kapp (Sydney Sixers), Hannah Darlington (Sydney Thunder)

Most Sixes – Dane van Niekerk (Sydney Sixers), Rachael Haynes (Sydney Thunder)

Man of the Match – Ellyse Perry

Team Scores Batting first – Sydney Sixers 160+, Sydney Thunder 150+

Match Handicap Sydney Sixers

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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