Chennai Super Kings v Sydney Sixers

Picture: Mark Evans Source: perthnow.com.au
Brad Haddin will be a key player for the Sixers. Picture: Mark Evans/perthnow.com.au
Two star studded sides are set to meet at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday, when the Sydney Sixers  and Chennai Super Kings  lock horns in a Group B match at the Champions League T20. The Sydney Sixers boast nine players who have played international cricket, while 13 members of Indian Premier League heavyweight Chennai’s squad have played on the world stage.

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin leads the inaugural Big Bash League winners into the event and is joined in the magenta playing strip by a host of Australian teammates. Shane Watson, fresh from being named player of the tournament at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last week, will open the batting and have a key role to play with the ball, while Moises Henriques is another that comes into the tournament in a purple patch of form. Young quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will spearhead the attack, which also contains a couple of handy spinners in Nathan McCullum and Steve O’Keefe. O’Keefe is one of four Sixers players that was part of the New South Wales squad that won the first edition of the Champions League in 2009.

The Chennai Super Kings won this event two years ago and are amongst the fancied teams again this time around and it is not hard to see why when you look at their squad. Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay form one of the best opening partnerships  in the competition and are backed up renowned big hitters Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. Ben Hilfenhaus spearheads the bowling attack alongside crafty Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin.

Australian sides have a good record against teams from the Indian Premier League at the Champions League T20, having lost only two of the eight matches between teams from the two countries.

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