Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 34: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder - Match Preview And Prediction
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Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 34: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder – Match Preview And Prediction

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On Saturday (9th January), Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder will face each other at Perth Stadium (Perth) during the 34th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).

It will be their second meeting this season. During the 12th match of this tournament (at Canberra on 22nd December 2020), Thunder beat Scorchers by 7 wickets.

At present, Sydney Thunder are on top of the BBL 10 points table with 22 points. On the other hand, Perth Scorchers are in the 7th position in the same points table with 13 points.

Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 34: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder – Match Preview

Perth Scorchers

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After remaining winless in their first four games of this season, Perth Scorchers have made a great return in the ongoing BBL 10 by managing three successive victories, including their latest victory against the defending champions Sydney Sixers.

In the BBL 10, while Colin Munro has scored 187 runs in 7 innings, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis both have scored 172 runs each in 7 innings. Marsh and Munro have recorded two half-centuries while Inglis has scored one fifty. In fact, in both the last two matches, Munro scored half-centuries. Meanwhile, Jason Roy has scored 142 runs in 4 innings, with the best knock of 49 runs.

Among the pacers, Jhye Richardson has taken 13 wickets while Andrew Tye has bagged 8 wickets. Also, the leggie Fawad Ahmed has got 6 wickets in seven games of this season. In the recent games, Fawad was very economical.

From their previous squad, Sam Whiteman’s exclusion is the only change for Perth Scorchers.

Latest full available squad

Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Jason Roy, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye

Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Won, Won and Won

Sydney Thunder

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Out of their eight matches in this BBL 10, Sydney Thunder won six matches and lost only twice. The latest points table leader is currently the best in-form side in this tournament.

Though Daniel Sams is recovering well from his helmet blow, which he received during a match against Brisbane Heat, the team management is taking more time to be sure on his health. In his seven games this season, Sams has scored 133 runs and also picked up 8 wickets.

The third most run-scorer in the ongoing BBL 10, Alex Hales has scored 264 runs in 8 innings with an average of 33.00 and strike-rate of 168.15, including one half-century. The team is surely expecting another good score from this in-form batsman.

Also, Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja have scored 244 and 213 runs respectively. Skipper Ferguson has scored three fifties in this tournament. Though Khawaja is yet to score a fifty in this season, he scored two 40+ knocks in the last three games.

The teenage leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha is currently the joint most wicket-taker in this tournament with 15 wickets in seven games. Also, Chris Green and Nathan McAndrew have collected 12 and 10 wickets respectively.

Latest full available squad

Callum Ferguson (C), Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain

Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, Won, Lost and Won

Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 34: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder – Match Prediction

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In the head-to-head records, Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder are the tough competitors as both have won 6 matches each. However, in the last two meetings, including their first meeting of this season, Sydney Thunder claimed a victory.

But the upcoming match can produce tougher contest as both teams are currently in good form.