In the 12th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Sydney Thunder will lock horns with Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday (December 22). Notably, Thunder has played both their last two matches in Canberra but has won only one.
Sydney Thunder are languishing at the latter half of the table with two points. They lost their opening match of the 10th season against Melbourne Stars by 22 runs after failing to chase an undaunting 170 runs. Thunder was under trouble in their second match as well but astonishing innings from Daniel Sams helped them to pull off a remarkable win against Brisbane Heat. The win would have given them confidence and will want to maintain the winning streak against Scorchers.
Here, let’s take a look at Sydney Thunder predicted XI against Perth Scorchers:
Usman Khawaja, who is playing for Sydney Thunders since 2011, has not able to get the desired start. In the last two matches, he has scored seven and 17 runs respectively. He hasn’t managed to set the stage on fire which Thunder’s wanted in both the matches. The experienced opening batsman will look to get runs in Canberra.
After scoring 46 runs against Melbourne Stars which ended up in a losing cause, Alex Hales was out for a duck against Brisban Heats, although Thunders won the match. The right-hand batsman needs to set up a good partnership with Usman Khawaja to take them to a comfortable victory.
Sydney Thunder captain Callum Ferguson also scored a half-century in the first match which could not help in winning cause. But in the last match, he was out for a duck but the middle-order contribution led them to victory. He will look to get runs and guide his team to victory in Canberra.
After the top-order lost the consecutive against Brisbane Heat, Alex Ross started the rebuilding process albeit could not play a big knock. However, his 24-ball 34 innings gave the stability to Sydney Thunder after which Daniel Sams guided them to win. The franchise will hope Ross plays like this mature knock.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Baxter Holt, who was out for one run in the first match, scored only 23 runs off 24 balls before he lost his wicket in the 10th over. The 21-year-old is playing the first season of BBL. With less experience, the youngster is taking time to get back in rhythm after a long hiatus. The franchise will hope that Holt gets good runs on board.
Ben Cutting, who has returned to play for Sydney Thunder, has scored 2 and 29 runs in the last two matches. The fast-bowling all-rounder has also not picked wickets although he has not been given many bowling chances. Having a mammoth experience of playing T20 cricket around the world, the franchise will hope Cutting to come out as the match-winner for them in this season.
When Sydney Thunder was losing the hope of winning, Daniel Sams came out to surprise everyone with his willow. The 28-year-old all-rounder played a gun-blazing knock, scoring 65 runs off just 25 balls. He struck three fours and seven sixes to take the snatch the victory from the jaw of defeat. Apart from batting, he picked up two wickets in his four overs quota.
The spin bowling allrounder has gone too expensive in the last two matches, giving away over 40 runs his four overs quota in the last two matches of Sydney Thunder. Overall, he has picked up three wickets.
While with the bat, he has scored 5 and 6* runs respectively. Chris Green will want to redeem against Perth Scorchers.
The pacer Nathan McAndrew, who is playing the competitive series for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus, has picked up two wickets in two matches but has conceded over nine runs per over. The 27-year-old will look to control his run rate in the coming matches.
Jonathan Cook, who only plays in Big Bash League, has picked up three wickets in the last two matches. He has given above 30 runs in his four overs quota in both the matches. The 27-year-old off-spinner would be looking to give early breakthroughs in Canberra as he would have better understood the pitch condition after playing the last two matches in the same venue.
Tanveer Sangha, who is playing the maiden Big Bash League season, has been so far economical in both the matches. He went wicketless in the last match but gave away 27 runs in his four overs quota. In his debut match, he notched two wickets and conceded 26 runs. The 19-year-old will want to continue his good form throughout the season to keep Sydney Thunder in a good position.