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Sydney Thunder face another stiff challenge against Sydney Sixers

Jackson Bird will provide much needed boost for Sydney Sixers
Jackson Bird will provide much needed boost for Sydney Sixers
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25th Match - Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers
14th January, Sydney Cricket Ground, 18:10 local | 07:10 GMT

Thunder will be desperately hoping to keep their chances alive in the tournament when they lock horns with an in-form Sixers in the Sydney derby game at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Sydney Thunder have gathered some momentum after a disastrous start to the tournament and will be heading into the clash with back-to-back wins against Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes. A defeat here can pretty much end their campaign this season but a win can take them to the sixth position.

The game against Hobart Hurricanes saw a clinical bowling performance from Thunder but they will miss Pat Cummins, who is out for national duty and have replaced him with a 20-year-old pacer Liam Hatcher. James Vince, who replaced Eoin Morgan had a promising start with a quick-fire 44 and Shane Watson's return of form is a welcome sign.

In the absence of their leading wicket-taker, Cummins, Thunder will be hoping for a collective effort from Fawad Ahmed (5 wickets), Chris Green (6), Clint McKay (4) and their latest recruit Carlos Brathwaite.

Just like Thunder, Sixers too have some momentum heading into the game with wins over Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades. They are positioned third in the table with eight points from six matches and a win here can help reclaim the top position. The arrival of Colin Munro can add the muscle to the batting line-up while Michael Lumb looked impressive too in his first outing this season.

With Daniel Hughes looking good at the top, they will be expecting more from their other local talents, Nic Maddinson, Johan Botha and the skipper Moises Henriques. Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis have 20 wickets between them but the real advantage will be the inclusion of Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon, which makes them very formidable.

Face to Face:

The last time these two teams met was in the opening game of the tournament when Sydney Sixers chased down 160 runs comfortably with nine wickets in hand riding on fifties from Hughes and Henriques.

Squads from:

Sydney Sixers: Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Daniel Hughes, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Colin Munro, Jordan Silk

Sydney Thunder: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Carlos Brathwaite, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Jay Lenton, Clint McKay, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, James Vince

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