In the 21st match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Perth Scorchers will combat against Adelaide Strikers on Thursday (December 31) at Adelaide Oval. This will be the second meeting of the two teams in the ongoing season.
Perth Scorchers are yet to win a match. They have played four matches out of which one has ended in no result while have lost other three matches badly. From batting to the bowling department, they have struggled to get going.
In their first meeting against Adelaide Strikers, Ashton Turner-led side were bundled out for just 94 runs while chasing 166 runs target. They will look to win against Strikers to get the first win of the season and swoop some confidence in the squad.
Here, let’s take a look at how Perth Scorchers’ will shape in:
Josh Inglish, who is said to have a likeness to Kiwi great Brendon McCullum, has not even touched the 20 runs mark in the last four outings. His early departure has left the side in trouble. The franchise will hope that he gets the best out of powerplays against Adelaide Strikers in Adelaide.
England’s batting mainstay Jason Roy played his debut match for Perth Scorchers against Adelaide Strikers but the attacking batsman could not guide them to victory. He scored 21 runs off 11 balls, striking three fours and one sixes before walking back to the pavilion.
Everyone had high hopes from him that he would break the losing streak of his side but Roy was sent early to hut. In their second meeting with Scorchers, he will be looking to stand at everyone’s expectations.
The New Zealander Colin Munro, who is playing in the BBL to prove his mettle to his national selector, was out for a duck in the first match while fell one run short to score a half-century against Melbourne Stars.
Against strong bowling line up Adelaide Strikers, he consumed eight balls but struggled to get runs and out after adding just five runs in his tally. The experienced players need to guide the team to victory with the bat.
The another England player, who played the maiden match of BBL against Adeliade Strikers was Liam Livingston. But he could not change the fortune of Perth Scorchers. He was out after scoring 22 runs off 24 balls. It was his first match thus Adelaide Strikers will not think to drop while the 27-year-old attacking batsman is likely to be given further chances.
Against Adelaide Strikers, Mitchell Marsh bowled for the first time in the league after his comeback from injury. He registered outstanding bowling figures. In his four overs, he picked two wickets while gave away only 14 runs. Moreover, he was not even hit for a boundary or six.
However, Marsh could not produce a similar performance with the bat. The debutant Danny Briggs notched his wicket. He will look to come out best in all departments to open the winning account of his side.
Ashton Turner (c):
Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner played a fiery knock but could not manage to set up a big knock against Sydney Thunder. He struck two fours and one six to score 23 runs off 14 balls.
But in the last match against Adeliade Striker, he was out early leaving his team to another defeat. The skipper needs to play a captain’s knock to at least boost confidence in the squad.
Bancroft, who has lost his place in the Australian team, accelerated the innings at the end to push the total past 150 against Sydney Thunder. He amassed 34 off 26 balls, including two fours. It was his highest score in the last three matches. He scored 3 and 15* runs respectively in the last two matches.
The all-rounder Aaron Hardie scored 33 runs in the first match but was out for two runs in the next match. He didn’t get the opportunity in the last match which was against Sydney Thunder. He is an inexperienced youngster but Perth Scorchers is likely to retain him and will test him for one or more matches.
In the last match, the pacer Jhye Richardson notched three wickets but his economy rate has been a problem in the last two matches. He has given over eight runs per over. The pacer needs to bowl a tight spell to halt the opposition to a below-par target.
Like Richardson, Andrew Tye has been expensive in his four overs, giving away over nine runs per over in the last match. He picked the wicket of Alex Carey and Rashid Khan to control the scoreboard.
Being in the eye of national selectors, the BBL 2020-21 is important for Tye to prove his case and earn a place in the national team for the T20 World Cup 2021.
The pacer Jason Behrendroff didn’t feature in the second match against Melbourne Stars because he returned home to attend the birth of his child. Overall in his three matches, he has picked up only one wicket while his economy rate has also been the problem. Against Adelaide Strikers, he gave away 23 runs in his three overs and went wicketless. He will look to redeem in the second meeting against Strikers in Adelaide.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed got the only wicket of debutant Oliver Davies against Sydney Thunder. Like his other counterparts, he could not run flow and could defend 153 runs target.
Moreover, against Strikers, Ahmed could not add a wicket to his tally. He leaked 37 runs in his four overs. The Perth Scorchers will hope that he bounces back stronger to break the losing streak.