SYD vs MLR Match Preview

The Sixers have successfully retained the majority of their core players and have also made new additions to further strengthen their team. Under the leadership of the unstoppable Moises Henriques, the Sixers acquired Tom Curran and James Vince during the draft picks. Vince is expected to open the batting alongside Josh Philippe.

However, Philippe has not been in the best form in his recent performances and will be aiming to turn things around. The talented Steve Smith, who had an impressive stint in BBL 12, is available for this match, providing strength to the number 3 position. The seam attack will be spearheaded by Sean Abbott, who holds the record for being the most successful bowler in BBL history.

He will be supported by Jackson Bird and Hayden Kerr. The spin department might be a weakness for the home team, especially after letting go of Nathan Lyon. With Rehan Ahmed away on international duty, Steve O'Keefe remains the only reliable option.

The addition of Quinton de Kock to the Renegades squad is undoubtedly the most significant. Although he showcased his exceptional skills during the recently concluded ODI World Cup, it is unfortunate that he won't be available for this match.

In light of this, Joe Clarke might take on the responsibility of opening the batting alongside Nic Maddinson. The middle order will be strengthened by the presence of Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, and Jake Fraser-McGurk, who will provide a formidable batting lineup.

As for the finishing role, Will Sutherland is expected to take charge. Moving on to the bowling department, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, and Peter Siddle are likely to spearhead the attack with the new ball. Rogers, in particular, displayed an impressive performance in the previous season, claiming 23 wickets.

Mujeeb ur Rahman has been retained as a valuable asset in the spin department, and he will be joined by Adam Zampa, who joins the team from the Stars.

Weather Report

The weather will remain overcast and there is a forecast for rain, which may lead to interruptions or even a shortened match. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at the SCG is helpful to the seamers early on in the match. There is some grass on the surface which will help generate some movement when the ball is new. However, once the ball gets a bit old and soft, the batsmen will find it easier to play their shots. The average first-inning score on this ground is around 160.

Notable stats

Shaun Marsh: BBL Legend

Shaun Marsh has been a prolific run-scorer in the BBL. He has scored 2629 runs in his career at an average of 40.45 and a strike rate of 128.68.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


SYD vs MLR Probable 11

SYD Playing 11

  • Josh Philippe (Wk)
  • Steve Smith
  • James Vince
  • Jordan Silk
  • Moises Henriques (C)
  • Hayden Kerr
  • Tom Curran
  • Sean Abbott
  • Ben Dwarshuis
  • Steve O’Keefe
  • Kurtis Patterson

MLR Playing 11

  • Joe Clarke (Wk)
  • Aaron Finch
  • Shaun Marsh
  • Nic Maddinson (C)
  • Jake Fraser-McGurk
  • Will Sutherland
  • Adam Zampa
  • Peter Siddle
  • Kane Richardson
  • Jonathan Wells
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing the Sydney Sixers to win this match. They have an excellent record against the Melbourne Renegades and that will give them a psychological advantage. Also, the Sixers have a strong batting unit as well as a potent seam attack at its disposal. 


Top Picks

Steve Smith: Steve Smith scored 346 runs last season at an average of 86.50 and a strike rate of 174.74.

Sean Abbott: Abbott was the leading wicket-taker of the previous season. He picked up 29 wickets at an average of 14.03 and a strike rate of 11.30.

Aaron Finch: Aaron Finch was the leading run-scorer for the Renegades last season, scoring 428 runs at a strike rate of 121.24. 


SYD vs MLR Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: J Clarke

Batters: S Smith (C), J Vince, A Finch, S Marsh

All-rounders: M Henriques (VC), N Maddinson, T Curran

Bowlers: S Abbott, A Zampa, B Dwarshius

SYD vs MLR Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction