Finally, breaking their losing streak in their last outing, Perth Scorchers will face off Melbourne Renegades on Sunday (January 3) in Perth. This will be the 25th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Perth Scorchers inaugurated this season with combat against Renegades but could not win that game. They faced a disappointing defeat in that match being all out for just 130 runs. But currently, Aaron-finch led Renegades are low in confidence with back to back moral-destroying defeats. So, it is a good chance for the Scorchers to take revenge for the defeat in their first meeting.
Let’s take a look at how Perth Scorcher’s playing XI might shape in for the fixture:
Josh Inglish, who is said to have a likeness to Kiwi great Brendon McCullum, has finally got past 20 runs mark in the last match against Adelaide Strikers. He played a gun-blazing knock, scoring unbeaten 44 runs off 31 balls to guide the team to their first victory.
The franchise will hope that he maintains this form and take them to victory against poor Melbourne Renegades.
England’s batting mainstay Jason Roy played his debut match for Perth Scorchers in the first meeting with 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.
But Roy bounced back stronger in the last match, which was the second meeting of Scorchers with Strikers. He gave a fiery start to the team, which they were lacking in their previous matches, scoring 49 runs in 32 balls. But he will be disappointed that he could not complete his half-century.
His inclusion in the playing XI has made the sides opening combination a lot more stronger.
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. Similarly, in the last match, he was out after scoring just six runs. The experienced players need to guide the team to victory with the bat.
Jason Roy’s countryman Liam Livingston also has played two matches and that too both against Adelaide Strikers. But he has not been effective with the bat scoring 22 and 8 runs respectively. He has consumed more ball than a run scored. But as it has only played two matches, Adelaide Strikers will look to back him a couple of more matches.
Mitchell Marsh has started bowling which is a big positive for the team. He ruined the batting line up of Adelaide Strikers in the first meeting but could not contribute with the bat.
Against Strikers in the second meeting, he stitched up a match-winning partnership with Josh Inglis to guide them to chase down 147 runs target. Being the vital cog for the team, Perth Scorchers will want him to take such more wins.
Ashton Turner (c):
Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner is not having a great season being out early, leaving his team to struggle. In the five matches, he has not even got a fifty although, in the last match, he didn’t get the opportunity to bat. The skipper needs to play a captain’s knock to at least boost confidence in the squad.
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.
In the last match against Adelaide Strikers, as the top-order got runs, he didn’t get the chance to bat but he contributed to the victory with his fast bowling, picking two early wickets of Jack Weatherald and Matt Renshaw.
Perth Scorchers’ prominent bowler Jhye Richardson was the main architect behind Perth Scorcher’s last win. In previous matches, his economy rate has been the problem but in the last match against Adelaide Strikers, he bowled tight spells. He got three crucial wickets of Alex Carey, Phil Salt and Daniel Worrall while conceded only 19 runs in his four overs. Richardson will want to replicate his excellent performance in the coming match.
Andrew Tye has been expensive in his four overs, giving away above nine runs per over in the last matches. He picked the only wicket of Rashid Khan against Strikers in the second meeting while leaked 35 runs in his three overs.
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 didn’t feature in the second match against Melbourne Stars because he returned home to attend the birth of his child. Overall in his four matches, he has picked up only one wicket while his economy rate has also been the problem. Against Adelaide Strikers, he gave away 22 runs in his three overs and went wicketless. He will look to redeem against Melbourne Renegades.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed hasn’t been able to give quick breakthroughs to the team even he has been expensive. In the last match, he picked the only wicket of Matthew Short while gave away 21 runs in his three overs. Being the only in and out the spinner, Ahmed will have to get the wickets and bowl tight spell to control the run flow.