After two disappointing seasons, Perth Scorchers have finally entered the playoff in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. They will combat Sydney Sixers in the qualifiers on January 30 (Saturday) in Canberra.
After winning eight matches out of 14, Perth Scorchers placed themselves at the number two position in the points table. They will have to win the match against Sixers to directly enter the grand-finale. However, if they lose this match, they will have another opportunity in challengers to become the finalist.
Here, let’s take a look at Perth Scorchers predicted, XI:
Jason Roy is currently the second-highest scorer for Perth Scorchers in this season. In 11 matches, he has scored 352 runs, including two half-centuries at the strike rate of 133.84.
In the last match against Brisbane Heat, he amassed 41 runs although his side could not pull off to victory. He will have to set up a good base for Scorchers against strong Sydney Sixers.
Jason Roy’s countryman Liam Livingstone returned 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. Overall, in 11 matches, he has scored 289 runs at the strike rate of 125.65.
Perth Scorchers will only have the upper hand against Sydney Sixers 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 13 matches, he has scored 411 runs, including four half-centuries at the strike rate of 133.33. Against Brisbane Heat in the first meeting, he came out as the saviour of the team after the early fall of openers. He scored 82 runs off 54 balls. The franchise will hope that he plays another such knock in the qualifiers.
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. Overall, in 14 matches, he has scored 322 runs at the strike rate of 137.60.
After recovering from injury, Mitchell Marsh returned to the side against Hobart Hurricanes. He is again being used as a pure batsman as earlier, he was being used as an allrounder.
In 12 matches, he has scored 253 runs, including three half-centuries, at the strike rate of 148.82
Ashton Turner (c):
Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner is not having a great season, being out early and leaving his team to struggle. In 14 matches, he has not even got a fifty while has scored 184 runs. The skipper will have to play a captain’s knock when needed.
The all-rounder Aaron Hardie hasn’t got much opportunity to bat because the top and middle-order has given enough contribution. But with the bat, he hasn’t been much successful. In the last couple of matches, he went too expensive, giving away over 10 runs per over. He will look to redeem in qualifiers.
Perth Scorchers’ prominent bowler Jhye Richardson is the leading wicket-taker for the side. In 14 matches, he has picked up 27 wickets at an economy rate of 7.08. His excellence in the BBL is likely to open his door in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The pacer Andrew Tye has also given crucial breakthroughs to Perth Scorchers. After Richardson, he is the second-highest wicket-taker of the side, garnering 17 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 has picked up 14 wickets in 13 matches at an acceptable economy rate of 6.69. In the last match, he picked the early wicket of Max Bryant and Joe Burns although Perth Scorcher could not win the match.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has controlled his run flow but the last match didn’t go his way. In the last match against Brisbane Heat, he was badly beaten, giving away 52 runs while went wicketless in his four overs. It was a disappointing performance from him ahead of the playoffs. But he will focus on qualifiers against Sydney Sixers to seal the spot in the final.