In the 17th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Perth Scorchers will take on Adelaide Strikers on Monday (December 28) at Adelaide Oval. The two teams will be meeting for the first time in the ongoing season.
Perth Scorchers have played three matches so far but haven’t been successful to take any game home. They have lost two matches while one has ended in no result. Languishing at the bottom of the points table, they will look to get the first win of the season.
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 managed to give a good base to Perth Scorchers. He has scored nine, seven and four runs in the last two matches respectively.
His early departure has left the side in trouble. The franchise will hope that he gets the best out of powerplays against Adelaide Strikers
The New Zealander Colin Munro, who is playing 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. He scored 49 runs off 36 balls, striking five fours and one six. Munro will again look to play a big knock because he is striving to get his place back in New Zealand.
Joe Clarke, who is a known name in English domestic tournaments, has scored 10, 34 and o in the last three Test matches respectively. The flamboyant batsman, however, has not been in his best of his form although it is early to judge him considering so far he has played not many matches in the ongoing season. Perth Scorchers will want him to set the stage on fire.
Although Mitchell Marsh scored a gritty half-century, it was enough for his team to win the match against Sydney Thunder.
Coming off from an injury, Mitchell Marsh scored 17 and ducks in the first two matches respectively. The allrounder is being currently used as a pure batsman. Later in the tournament, he can be used in the bowling options if he is considered to be fully fit.
Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner played a fiery knock but could not manage to set up a big knock. He struck two fours and one six to scored 23 runs off 14 balls had he stayed longer in the field they would have put a big total.
Cameron Bancroft, who has lost his place in the Australian team, accelerated the innings at the end to push the total past 150. 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.
Against Sydney Thunder, Jhye Richardson went wicketless while gave away 31 runs in his four-over quota.
In the rain-curtailed match against Melbourne Stars, Jhye Richardson picked the wicket on his first ball. It might have been his day but rain played the spoilsport.
In the first match, he picked two wickets and gave away 20 runs. He is looking in terrific form but still, his best has not come out so far.
Andrew Tye, coming off after playing the T20I series against India, could not pick a wicket in the first as well as the last match while didn’t get the opportunity to ball in the second match. The performance of him in this league will depend on his inclusion in the Australian squad.
Jason Behrendroff didn’t feature in the second match against Melbourne Stars because he returned home to attend the birth of his child. In his comeback match against Sydney Thunder, he picked only one wicket and gave away 32 runs. He will have to bowl tight spells and give quick breakthroughs in the coming match.
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.
Also, in the low-scoring first match, he picked two wickets in his three overs quota but could not defend the target.