In the 47th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Perth Scorchers will take on Hobart Hurricanes on January 22 (Friday) in Melbourne. This will be the second meeting of the two teams in the ongoing season.
Perth Scorchers are currently standing at the number second position in the points table with six wins out of 11 matches. They comfortably won against Hobart Hurricanes in the first meeting. After bundling them out for just 139 runs, Scorchers won the match by nine wickets.
Here, let’s take a look at Perth Scorchers predicted, XI:
While chasing the total, Jason Roy has been too good in the ongoing season. In the low-scoring match against Hobart Hurricanes, he struck unbeaten 74 runs off 52 balls, striking eight fours and three sixes. It was the first fifty for him in six matches played. Perth Scorchers will want him to replicate the similar knock and guide them to top the points table.
Jason Roy’s countryman Liam Livingstone returned back to the groove against Hobart Hurricanes in the first meeting. He set up 123 runs partnership with Roy in which he scored 54 runs, the maiden half-century for him in this season. The side will only have the upper hand against Hobart Hurricanes if Liam Livingstone again sets up a good partnership with Roy.
The New Zealander Colin Munro, who is playing in the BBL to prove his mettle to his national selector, is the highest scorer for Perth Scorchers. In 10 matches, he has scored 353 runs, including four half-centuries at the strike rate of 132.20. In the last match against Brisbane Heat, he came out as the saviour of the team after the early fall of openers. He scored 82 runs off 54 balls.
After being demoted from opener to middle-order, Josh Inglish has started churning out runs for Perth Scorchers. He scored the first fifty of this season against Melbourne Renegades. The right-hand batsman remained not out and scored 72 runs to set up 186 runs target. Inglis’s return back is a big positive for the team.
Cameron Bancroft got the place in the playing XI after Mitchell Marsh has picked up a side strain during the match against Hobart Hurricanes. However, he has not done much with the ball in the last two matches. But as Marsh will return after six days of recovery, Cameron will retain his place.
Ashton Turner (c):
Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner is not having a great season, being out early and leaving his team to struggle. In 11 matches, he has not even got a fifty. The skipper will have to play a captain’s knock when needed.
The all-rounder Aaron Hardie has yielded crucial performance with the ball in the last three matches. Against Melbourne Renegades, he got the wicket of Shaun Marsh and Mohammad Nabi while leaked only 10 runs in two overs.
Perth Scorchers’ prominent bowler Jhye Richardson was the main architect behind Perth Scorchers’ win against Sydney Sixers in the first meeting. He bowled tight spells and got three wickets of James Vince, Carlos Braithwaite and Jake Ball while conceded only 15 runs in his four overs. He is the leading wicket-taker of the side, picking 21 wickets in 11 matches at the economy rate of 6.28.
The pacer Andrew Tye earned a four-for in his name against Sydney Sixers in the first meeting. He got the two important wickets of Daniel Hughes and Daniel Christian besides sending the two tailenders. Also, he is the second highest wicket-taker of the side, garnering 12 wickets in his name.
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. So, he will look to be more economical.
The pacer Jason Behrendroff, overall in his 10 matches, has picked up nine wickets while his economy rate and has registered an acceptable economy rate of 7.16. Against Adelaide Strikers, he gave away 22 runs in his three overs and went wicketless. Against Hobart Hurricanes, he gave away 21 runs in his three overs but picked the wicket of No. T20I batsman, David Malan.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has controlled his run flow. Against Melbourne Renegades, in his 2.5 overs, he conceded only five runs and notched Josh Lalor and Peter Hatzoglu’s wicket. In the first meeting against Sydney Sixers, he got the wicket of Jack Edwards, who was setting a crucial partnership. In the last match against Brisbane Heat, he played a crucial role as he picked the early wickets of Chris Lynn and Joe Denly.