Coming off from back to back two wins, Perth Scorchers will take on Sydney Sixers, who are the current table-topper on Wednesday (January 6). Perth Stadium will host this match, which will be the 30th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Perth Scorchers are currently lying at the second last position in the points table with losing three-match out of six. But their last win with a huge margin of 96 runs would surely have boosted their confidence to face off strong Sydney Sixers.
Here, let’s take a look at Perth Scorchers’ predicted XI for the fixture:
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 his second 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 stronger.
Jason Roy’s countryman Liam Livingston was also included with him in the squad. He has played three matches and scored 22, 8 and 20 runs respectively.
The right-hand batsman has not been effective moreover has consumed more ball than run scored. But Perth Scorchers will look to back him a couple of more matches.
After being demoted from opener to number third position, Josh Inglish has started churning out runs. He scored the first fifty of this season against Melbourne Renegades, which was the last match of Perth Scorchers. 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.
The New Zealander Colin Munro, who is playing in the BBL to prove his mettle to his national selector, stitched up 117 runs target with Josh Inglis to put an above target for Melbourne Renegades. He also scored his maiden half-century of this season in that match.
After failing in the previous matches, he has made a strong comeback and will have to set up more partnerships to take the game home.
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 them to such more wins.
Ashton Turner (c):
Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner is not having a great season, being out early and leaving his team to struggle. In the sixes matches, he has not even got a fifty although, in the last two matches, he hasn’t got 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 has yielded crucial performance with the ball in the last two matches. Against Melbourne Renegades, he got the wicket of Shaun Marsh and Mohammad Nabi while leaked only 10 runs in two overs. He hasn’t got the chance to bat in the last two matches to show his power.
Perth Scorchers’ prominent bowler Jhye Richardson was the main architect behind Perth Scorchers against Adelaide Strikers in the second meeting. He bowled tight spells and got three crucial wickets of Alex Carey, Phil Salt and Daniel Worrall while conceded only 19 runs in his four overs.
Apart from this match, his economy rate has been the problem. In the last match against Melbourne Renegades, he got the early wicket of Sam Harper but gave away 39 runs in his four overs.
After getting expensive against Adelaide Strikers, Andrew Tye was given only one over to bowl in the last match against Melbourne Renegades.
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 five matches, he has picked up only two wickets 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 Sydney Sixers.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed controlled his run flow in the last match but got the wickets of tail-enders. In his 2.5 overs, he conceded only five runs and notched Josh Lalor and Peter Hatzoglu’s wicket.
Being the only in and out the spinner, Ahmed will have to get the wickets and bowl tight spell.