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Toss Winner - Adelaide Strikers Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Perth Scorchers Women beat Adelaide Strikers Women by 12 runs
Battle for first WBBL title for Strikers and the Scorchers
Perth Scorchers Women to win
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the big game at the Women’s Big Bash League 2021 and one that would decide the new winners of the WBBL title. Both Perth Scorchers Women and Adelaide Strikers Women have been at this stage before, but they had to be content with being runner-up. Scorchers Women topped the points table to reach the finals while the Strikers destroyed the Melbourne Renegades in the last game to book their place in this game.
During the league stages, the Perth Scorchers Women had won both the games between the two sides and this would add to their confidence going here. The Scorchers have their batters in good form, and they would look to deliver their best here. The Strikers come here with two massive wins, and we are likely to witness good competition in this game.
Sophie Devine’s side has by far been the best side in the tournament. They have played aggressive cricket winning nine games and losing just three to top the points table and earning a place in the final. Their good show against Adelaide Strikers earlier in the season would add to their confidence. The side has been in the finals twice earlier and lost on both occasions and Devine would like to earn the first title for the franchise here.
Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney have been in terrific form and the side would expect a good opening stand from them in this game. Chloe Piparo and Heather Graham have scored runs in recent games and this would add to their confidence. In Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, and Amy Louise Edgar, the side has good depth in its batting line-up going into this game.
The side would want Taneale Peschel and Marizanne Kapp to get early wickets as the Adelaide Strikers' top order has shown excellent form in the last three games. Devine would have to make good use of her experience in the middle overs along with Graham and Cleary. Alana King and Lilly Mills add variety to this attack, and they have bowled tight spells in preceding games.
Sophie Devine (c), Beth Mooney (wk), Chloe Piparo, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Amy Louise Edgar, Heather Graham, Marizanne Kapp, Alana King, Taneale Peschel, Lilly Mills
Mathilda Carmichael, Beth Mooney, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Lisa Griffith, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Sophie Devine, Marizanne Kapp, Heather Graham
Tahlia McGrath’s side has been magnificent in the playoffs. The side has won two one-sided games and their confidence would be sky-high. They come here with a 9-wicket win against the Melbourne Renegades Women where they restricted the opponents to 83 runs. This would be a tougher game and McGrath would like her players to give their best and lay hands on the trophy.
Katie Mack has been brilliant in the last three games, and she would like to deliver a strong start opening with Dane van Niekerk. The middle-order trio of Laura Wolvaardt, McGrath, and Bridget Patterson are in good form, and they would need to add quick runs in the game. The lower middle-order hasn’t been exposed much in the last few games and it would be interesting to see how it plays out.
Their bowlers have shown good form in the last two games. The side would look for tight spells from Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown as Scorchers' openers have shown excellent form. In the middle overs, the side would expect tight spells in the game from the likes of Amanda Wellington, McGrath, and Sarah Coyte who have done well in the last two games after showing inconsistency earlier.
Tahlia McGrath (c), Dane van Niekerk, Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Amanda Wellington, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Sarah Coyte, Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt
Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Amanda Jade Wellington, Darcie Brown, Tegan McPharlin, Megan Schutt, Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Maddie Penna, Sarah Coyte, Dane van Niekerk
There would be clear skies over Perth on November 27, and we would have ideal conditions for a big final. The surface is flat, and batters can play their strokes. Occasionally the ball stops on the batters, and this can create doubts in their minds. The side batting first would need 160 runs or more as we have seen big chases here in the past.
Perth Stadium is a large ground, but it has a flat surface and batters have scored tons of runs on this ground. In the early overs of the game, fast bowlers do well with the new ball as it moves around. However, it is one of the toughest venues to bowl for the spinners with hardly any assistance for them.
It is the first game of the tournament at this venue and the fresh surface is expected to have decent bounce and carry which would help the bowlers in the early overs. We have seen big run chases at this venue in the past. The two captains would have no hesitation in opting to bowl first upon winning the toss in this game.
It is a big contest and hence there would be nerves in both the camps. Adelaide Strikers Women are in a good rhythm and have registered big wins in their last two games. But the side has been inconsistent with the ball for most of the season and this is one area they would have to work on. Perth Scorchers Women have enjoyed a good run and they have their openers in terrific form. With more depth in their bowling, they would start nose ahead in this game.
Perth Scorchers Women to win
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