Perth Scorchers will look to maintain their five-match winning streak when they meet Sydney Sixers for the second time on January 16 (Saturday). Canberra will host this 41st match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
After having a disappointing start of the season, Perth Scorchers have regained the momentum back in their past five outings, winning all of them. In the first meeting against Sydney Sixers, they set up a fighting target of 184 runs and got better off the opposition. While defending the target, Scorchers bundled out Sixers, who have power-hitters, for just 97 runs. They will look to replicate a similar performance in Canberra to maintain their spot in the top three in the points table.
Here, let’s take a look at Perth Scorchers predicted, XI:
While chasing the total, Jason Roy has been too good in the ongoing season. In the low-scoring match against Hobart Hurricanes, he struck unbeaten 74 runs off 52 balls, striking eight fours and three sixes. It was the first fifty for him in six matches played. If he gives a good start against Sydney Sixers, Perth Scorchers will be in a dominant position.
Jason Roy’s countryman Liam Livingston returned back to groove in the last match. He set up 123 runs partnership with Roy in which he scored 54 runs, the maiden half-century for him in this season. The side will only have the upper hand against top-notch Sydney Sixers if Liam Livingston again 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. 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. 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.
Against Sydney Sixers, Mitchell Marsh accelerated the innings after a slow start. He went on to struck seven fours and two sixes to score the 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 nine matches, he has not even got a fifty although, in the last match, he didn’t get the opportunity to bat as the top-order had already done the work. The skipper will have to play a captain’s knock when needed.
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.
Perth Scorchers’ prominent bowler Jhye Richardson was the main architect behind Perth Scorchers’ win 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 Sixers. 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, overall in his eight matches, has picked up only six 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. In his last match against Hobart Hurricanes, he gave away 21 runs in his three overs but picked the wicket of No. T20I batsman, David Malan.
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. Against Sydney Sixers, he got the wicket of Jack Edwards, who was setting a crucial partnership.