Perth Scorchers will square off against Sydney Sixers in a thrilling Big Bash League 2021-22 final at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. The two teams are the most consistent sides in the history of the competition and will look to add more silverware to their name.
Having topped the group stages, Perth Scorchers faced Sydney Sixers in the Qualifier. In a brilliant all-round performance, the Scorchers defeated the Sixers comprehensively to seal a berth in the final.
Batting first, the Scorchers posted 189 on the board, losing only three wickets. The bowlers then stepped up to knock over the Sixers on 141, winning the game by 48 runs. They will be hoping to repeat their performance one final time in the summit clash against the Sixers.
Sydney Sixers, on the other hand, had to take the longer route to reach the final. After losing against the Scorchers in the Qualifier, they faced the Adelaide Strikers in the Challenger, where they came out on top in a nerve-racking contest.Bowling first, the Sixers had a dream start as they picked up three wickets in quick succession. But they failed to create further inroads as the Strikers scored 167 in their 20 overs.
With a number of players missing out, Hayden Kerr was sent to open the batting and he played the knock of his life with an unbeaten 98 to guide his side across the line on the last ball.
THE TEAM NEWS
Perth Scorchers have been largely faultless across BBL 11 so far this season having finished top of the league table with 11 wins from 14, before comfortably overcoming Sydney Sixers in the Qualifier by 48 runs, therefore booking their safe passage into the final.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh is a doubt with a hamstring problem, however Scorchers coach Adam Voges is confident of the Australian international’s involvement provided he comes through the team’s final training session unscathed.
Champion teams find a way to win even when the odds are firmly stacked against them, which is exactly what Sydney Sixers did this past Wednesday as they ended Adelaide Strikers’ five-match streak, beating them by four wickets in the challenger to take their place in the final, where they bid to now make history and win a third consecutive BBL title.
Following the bombshell of wicketkeeper-batter Josh Philippe’s positive Covid-19 test that ruled him out of the Challenger and will also see him miss the final, all-rounder Jordan Silk was forced to retire injured against the Strikers and isn’t expected to recover in time to play, both will be massive losses for the Sixers here.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers, Final, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date and Time: January 28th 2021, Friday, 02:10 PM IST
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS PITCH REPORT
The pitch at Docklands Stadium is a belter of a track. The batters enjoy batting on this surface as the ball comes nicely onto the bat. The bowlers have to be on their toes while bowling on this surface as they often tend to miss their mark.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS WEATHER FORECAST
The day is not likely to have ideal conditions for a final match. Temperatures will range between 18 and 31 degrees Celsius with heavy rain predicted throughout the day.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS PROBABLE XI
Josh Inglis and Kurtis Patterson scored 79 and 64 respectively at the top of the order to help the team post 189 on the board against the Sixers in their most recent face-off. The bowlers bowled brilliantly, with wickets being spread among them. The Scorchers have to replicate those efforts if they want to win the title.
Sean Abbott starred with the ball, picking up three wickets as they restricted the Strikers to 167 in their last match. Hayden Kerr was fantastic with the bat and a fantastic cameo from Sean Abbott (41 off 20 balls) helped them get across the line on the last ball of the match.Probable Top Performers
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
MOISES HENRIQUES- SYDNEY SIXERS
Moises Henriques, who is captaining the title-holders has indeed led his team exceptionally well from the front as he has had a dream season on the 22 yards having amassed 433 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 136.80 and averaging 42 including a couple of half-centuries. He will have to lead from the front one final time to seal the Sixers’ second successive title.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
BEN DWARSHUIS- SYDNEY SIXERS
Ben Dwarshuis has been the standout bowler for the defending champions picking up 13 wickets in 17 matches. He is a brilliant bowler in the final few overs of the innings and can also contribute with the bat down the order.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS MATCH PREDICTION
We have witnessed some intense battles between these two sides so far. Another one is expected on Friday. It will all come down to handling nerves in crunch situations in the final of the Big Bash League 2022.
Sydney Sixers will be brimming with confidence after their win against the Strikers in the Challenger. It won’t be a surprise if they beat the Scorchers in the final on Friday.
PREDICTION: SYDNEY SIXERS TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.