The Perth Scorchers will take on the Sydney Thunder in the 38th match of the Big Bash League 2021 at Carrara Oval in Queensland on Thursday. The Scorchers, led by Ashton Turner, have been on an absolute rampage in the ongoing edition of the BBL.Having won eight out of nine matches, they are placed atop the points table with a net run rate of 1.254. They will be going into the game on the back of a 10-run win over the Sydney Sixers.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Scorchers scored 143 for the loss of eight wickets. Aaron Hardie’s 24-ball knock of 45 guided them to a respectable score.Kurtis Patterson, Colin Munro and Ashton Agar also made vital contributions with the bat in hand.Hayden Kerr picked up four wickets for the Sixers and restricted the Scorchers. Daniel Christian also hit the right channels, finishing with figures of 4-0-14-2.
Thereafter, the Sixers ended with 133 for eight after Tymal Mills and Andrew Tye got three wickets apiece for the Scorchers.The Thunder, led by Chris Green, on the other hand, are placed third in the table with 23 points and a net run rate of 0.653. They are currently on a three-match winning streak and a win in the next game would strengthen their position among the top four teams.They will go into the game on the back of a 28-run win over the Adelaide Strikers.After winning the toss and opting to bat, the Thunder scored 172 for the loss of seven wickets. Matthew Gilkes came to the party as he smashed 93 runs off 57 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes.
Ben Cutting opened the batting and made a handy 25-ball 34 with three fours and two sixes. Wes Agar and Peter Siddle got three wickets each for the Strikers.From there on, the Thunder bowlers restricted the Strikers to 144. Mohammad Hasnain picked up three wickets for 20 runs.The Scorchers have pretty much been flawless in the current season of the T20 tournament. They haven’t done much wrong and hence, are placed atop the ladder.
The Thunder have won three games in succession, but they need to bring forth their A-game to have any chance of beating the Scorchers.Perth Scorchers will battle against Sydney Sixers in the 38th match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland on Tuesday, January 4. Both Scorchers and Sixers are currently occupying the first and second slot on the points table and have by far looked two of the most balanced sides in the competition. Both teams have lost only one out of the eight games they have played this season and hence it promises to be a riveting encounter.
Scorchers managed to surpass Melbourne Stars in the last game despite missing their key players Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis who were called to join the Australian Test squad. Opener Kurtis Patterson and batter Colin Munro have done really well this season for the Scorchers and will look to continue their batting form ahead. Both played an instrumental role in Scorchers’ 50 runs victory over Stars in the last game as Patterson scored a half-century while Munro smashed a quick-fire 40 at an astounding strike rate of 200. Peter Hatzoglou was the most economical bowler in the last game for the Scorchers as he picked up two scalps at 6.75 runs per over. Hatzoglou was well supported by Tymal Mills and Andrew Tye who picked up three and two wickets each.
On the other hand, Sixers’ last game against the Melbourne Renegades got washed out due to rain and hence they’ll be itching to take the field against the Scorchers on Tuesday. Skipper Moises Henriques has led the Sixers really well and will be looking to score some crucial runs against the Scorchers. Sean Abbott and Daniel Christian are going to be the two most valuable picks for the game based on their recent form.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers, Match 34, Big Bash League 2021.
Date and Time: January 4th 2021, Tuesday, 01:45 PM IST.
Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland.
BRISBANE HEAT VS SYDNEY SIXERS PITCH REPORT
The pitch at Carrara Oval is good for batting. The batters enjoy batting on this surface as the ball comes nicely onto the bat while the bowlers need to be on their toes while bowling on this surface.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS WEATHER FORECAST
Temperatures in Queensland are expected to range between 22 and 31 degrees Celsius. It will stay humid throughout the day.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS PROBABLE XIS
Kurtis Patterson scored a well-composed fifty (54 off 39 balls) in the Scorchers’ previous match. He was well-supported by Colin Munro (40 off 20) as the team posted 180 on the board. Tymal Mills picked up three wickets and the other bowlers bowled brilliantly to knock over the Stars on 130.
Cameron Bancroft (wk), Kurtis Patterson, Colin Munro, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou, Tymal Mills.
Sean Abbott picked up four wickets as it helped them get the Heat all out for just 105. The batters struggled throughout their innings, but a solid partnership between Abbott (37*) and Ben Dwarshuis (23) helped them get across the line on the last ball.
Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, Shadab Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe.
PERTH SCORCHERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS MATCH PREDICTION
The match between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers will be a clash of the table-toppers. Both sides have been fantastic so far and it promises to be a cracker of a contest on Tuesday. It will all come down to handling nerves in crunch situations.
Perth Scorchers have a good balance to their side and expect them to beat the Sydney Sixers on Tuesday.
PREDICTION: PERTH SCORCHERS TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.