Big Bash League Predictions: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder
January 20, 2020, Perth Stadium, Perth
Perth Scorchers will be looking to break their losing streak when they host Sydney Thunder in the 46th match of Big Bash League 2019-20 on Monday.
Bowlers produced a splendid effort to help Sydney Thunder register a narrow four-run win over rivals Sydney Sixers via DLS method in the last game. Captain Callum Ferguson will be hoping that the side can continue their decent form in the next couple of matches.
On the other hand, Perth Scorchers will need to deliver their best cricket in this home fixture. The side will rue the fact that they should have won their previous game against Melbourne Stars, a defeat that saw them stay fifth with 10 points to their name.
Perth Scorchers performance in Big Bash League:
The equation is quite simple for Scorchers as they will need to win their remaining three matches in order to keep their playoff hopes alive in the competition. Skipper Mitchell Marsh will need to lead from the front and make a notable contribution in this game.
In the previous game, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kelly and Chris Jordan delivered tidy bowling performances to see Scorchers restrict Stars to a modest score of 141 runs in their 20 overs. Medium-pacer Matthew Kelly was the standout bowler for Perth Scorchers and claimed figures of 3 for 27 in his four overs.
Chasing 142 runs to win, openers Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone failed to capitalize on their good starts. Wicket-keeper batsman Inglis threw away his wicket for 12 whereas Livingstone did so for 18.
Cameron Bancroft, too, couldn’t steer the team home and was dismissed for 32, at a strike rate of less than 90.
Captain Mitchell Marsh failed to get a score in the previous game. Despite a failure against Melbourne Stars, Marsh is currently leading the batting charts for the side in this year’s competition. The all-rounder has accumulated 365 runs in 11 innings at an average of 40.56 with two half-centuries to his name.
Sydney Thunder performance in Big Bash League:
With a close win over rivals Sixers, Thunder have climbed to fourth place in the league with 11 points to their name.
Top-order trio of Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja and Captain Callum Ferguson have done consistently delivered scores for the side in this year’s competition. Khawaja and Ferguson once again chipped in with crucial scores to see Thunder sneak a close win. Callum Ferguson has led the way with the bat and is currently the franchise’s leading run-scorer with 310 runs in 11 innings at an average of 38.75 with three half-centuries to his name.
Alex Ross, Chris Morris and Daniel Sams will be given the task of producing quick runs at the back end of the innings.
The bowlers certainly played a huge role in helping Thunder overcome Sixers in a rain-curtailed game.
Chris Morris, Daniel Sams and Brendan Doggett put in clinical bowling performances to restrict Sixers to a below-par score. Left-arm pacer Daniel Sams continued his excellent form with the ball in hand. He was the standout bowler for the side and finished with figures of 3 for 14 in his three overs.
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder predicted XI:
Perth Scorchers: Josh Inglis (wk), Liam Livingstone, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh, Kurtis Patterson, Tim David, Cameron Green, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Kelly
Sydney Thunder: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe, Gurinder Sandhu
It will be the 6th game of the Big Bash League 2019-20 to be played at Perth Stadium, Perth.
Perth Scorchers won the first game by 11 runs, defending the total of 196 against Melbourne Renegades while Sydney Sixers registered a 48-run win after 174 on scoreboard in the 2nd game.
Hobart Hurricanes registered a marginal 8-run win over Perth Scorchers while defending a total of 180 in the 3rd game. Perth Scorchers beat Brisbane Heat by 34-run in after putting 213 runs on the scoreboard in the 4th match. Melbourne Stars registered an 8-wicket win over Perth Scorchers in the 5th game, chasing 87.
7 games were played at Perth Stadium during the 2018-19 Big Bash League season. 5 of them were won by the team chasing the total while the other 2 were won by the team batting 1st.
Only 1 T20I has been played at the venue, won by Australia against Pakistan while batting 2nd.
157 was the average 1st inning score during the 2018-19 Big Bash League season.
BBL Match: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Predictions:
- Daniel Sams has picked 20 wickets in 11 games and leading the bowling charts of Big Bash League 2019-20 so far.
- Jhye Richardson has picked 14 wickets in 11 games and is leading wicket-taker for Perth Scorchers so far this season, 5 in the tournament.
- Mitchell Marsh has scored 365 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 150.82. He is 3rd leading run-scorer in the tournament so far this season.
- Perth Scorchers are leading the head to head clash with 5-4 so far.
- Mitchell Marsh has hit 20 sixes in the tournament so far, the most by any player.