Perth Scorchers will look to maintain their three-match winning streak when they meet Sydney Thunder on Saturday (January 9) at Optus Stadium in Perth. This will be the 34th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Although they are coming off back-to-back three wins, Perth Scorchers are still lying at the seventh position in the points table with 13 points. In the seven matches played, they have lost three and won as many while one had ended in a draw.
Against Sydney Thunder, they will not only look to win the match but also want to grab the big bash point to move up in the ranking.
Here, let’s take a look at Perth Scorchers’ predicted XI for the fixture:
England’s batting mainstay Jason Roy played slow innings against Sydney Sixers when Perth Scorchers needed to give a big total. He scored 27 runs off 31 balls in which he struck two fours. As the middle-order accelerated the innings, his slowish knock didn’t hurt the team. But Jason Roy needs to give a fiery start which he has done one time in his last four outings.
Jason Roy’s countryman Liam Livingston has also not been effective with the bat, scoring 22, 8, 20 and 16 runs in his past four matches for Perth Scorchers.
The side will only have the upper hand against top-notch Sydney Thunder if Liam Livingston sets up a good partnership with Roy.
After being demoted from opener to middle-order, Josh Inglish has started churning out runs. He scored the first fifty of this season against Melbourne Renegades, which was the second 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, has scored consecutive fifties in the last two matches. He stitched up 117 runs partnership with Josh Inglis to put an above target for Melbourne Renegades. In the last match against Sydney Sixers, he set up small partnerships with the top-order to score the second fifty.
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 accelerated the innings after a slow start in the last match. He went on to struck seven fours and two sixes to score second fifty of this season.
The fast-bowling allrounder has also started bowling which is a big positive for the team. Against Sydney Sixers, he bowled two overs and picked one wicket.
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 seven matches, he has not even got a fifty although, in the last three matches, he hasn’t got much 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 three matches. Against Melbourne Renegades, he got the wicket of Shaun Marsh and Mohammad Nabi while leaked only 10 runs in two overs. But 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 Sydney Sixers. 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.
The pacer Andrew Tye earned a four-for in his name against Sydney Thunder. He got the two important wickets of Daniel Hughes and Daniel Christian besides sending the two tailenders.
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 six matches, he has picked up only three 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.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has controlled his run flow in the last two matches Against Melbourne Renegades, in his 2.5 overs, he conceded only five runs and notched Josh Lalor and Peter Hatzoglu’s wicket. In the last match against Sydney Sixers, he got the wicket of Jack Edwards, who was setting a crucial partnership.