In form Sixers take on bottom placed Scorchers
Sydney Sixers: WLWWLLW
Perth Scorchers: WLLLWLL
Our prediction is a win for the Syndey Sixers!
Sydney Sixers are on a roll after winning 3 of their last 4 matches and losing the other in a last over thriller. They are lead by the Aussie all-rounder Moises Henriques who has been in a good form. James Vince might open the batting along with Justin Avendano. Theya are followed in middle order by skipper Henriques, Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes. All-rounders Sean Abbott and Englishmen provide the finishing touches with the bat and bowl in the middle overs to stop the run flow. Ben Dwarisus combines the all rounders Joe Denly, Sean Abbott and Tom Curran to form the pace quartet. Steven O Keefe and Benjamin Menanti are the spin bowling partners. Sixers will look to continue their winning momentum as every win from here on moves the team closer to the play offs.
Perth Scorchers have ended their three match losing streak by winning their last match against Melbourne Stars. They still have chance to qualify for the Play offs. They just need to win almost every match from now on. Their captain Ashton Turner is released from national squad to participate in the match. Mitch Marsh have been sidelined due to gastritis recently. Cameron Bancroft and Michael Klinger form the opening combination for them. Aston Agar, Hilton Cartwright and William Bosisto form the core of the middle order batting. Jason Behrenndoff and Jhye Richardson will be missed in bowling due to national duty. Nathan Coulter nile, Andrew Tye and Englishmen David Willey form the core of the pace bowling. Pakistani Usman Qadir and Ashton Agar takes up the spin bowling responsibilities in middle over’s.
Stats from League so far:
Ashton Turner – 240 runs at strike rate 126 (HS -60*, 50s-1)
Andrew Tye – 8 wickets at an economy of 7.3 rpo (BB – 4/18)
Cameron Bancroft – Bancroft`s suspension period after sandpaper gate is over and he has to keep performing to return the national mix-up. He scored an excellent fifty last match.
Andrew Tye – Tye has been bowling very well and he is known for his variations and deceptive slower balls. He will hope they come good to dismiss the batsmen.
Missing player: Jhye Richardson, Jason Behreendoff
Ashton Turner(C), Cameron Bancroft, Michael Klinger, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, William Bosisto, Aaron Hardie, Nathan Coulter Nile, Andrew Tye ,David Willey, Usman Qadir
No changes in the playing XI are expected and they will continue with their winning combination.
AJ Turner, Hilton Cartwright, U Qadir, AJ Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Matthew Kelly, SM Whiteman, CT Bancroft, Cameron Green, M Klinger, David Willey
Stats from League so far:
Jordan Silk – 194 runs at strike rate 124 (HS-67*, 50s-1)
Steve O Keefe - 13 wickets at an economy of 6.7 rpo (BB- 3/19) – Highest wicket taker so far
Moises Henriques – Henriques needs to perform consistently with the bat at the top. And he has an additional responsibility of leading the side.
Sean Abbott – Abbott has been good with both bat and ball providing crucial breakthroughs and hitting some lusty blows in the end of the innings.
Moises Henriques (C), James Vince, Justin Avendeno, Jordan Silk, Daniel Hughes, Steve O keefe, Josh Philipe (Wk), Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Ben Dwaisus, Benjamin Menanti
James Vince will replace Joe Denly who left to England for national duty. They won’t make any other change in the playing XI.
Steve O'Keefe, Jack Edwards, B Dwarshuis, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Benjamin Manenti, Sean Abbott
The match is scheduled to start at local time 6:35 PM local time. The Perth pitch has a variable bounce and is known to aid both the seamers and spinners. Scores around 160 runs may be considered as a par score. Batsmen need to spend some time in the pitch before launching themselves on this pitch. The late evening start may bring dew factor into play.
WIN the toss, BOWL First
Teams batting second have won both the matches in Perth so far. The dew factor may trouble the bowlees to grip the ball in the second innings. Chasing has been the safer option in the T20s.
Sydney Sixers seem to have an well settled playing XI with less changes in the last few matches and are on a roll. Whereas Scorchers team is struggling to find form and they are further handicapped by the absence of their captain and fast bowlers. So we expect Sixers to win the contest.
We are backing Sydney Sixers for the win!
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