Both Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers are coming off solid wins.
Back the Perth Scorchers to win this clash.
The gap between Sydney Sixers, the No.1 team of BBL 10, and the others keeps widening. The Sixers are now comfortably set at the top spot with 29 points in 10 matches, 6 points ahead of the next team. They will be looking to widen that gap and earn some more points when they clash with Perth Scorchers. Interestingly, though, the Scorchers beat the Sixers comprehensively the last time these two met this season and would be no pushovers. They are at the No.3 spot on the table with 20 points in 9 matches and will certainly give Sydney a good challenge.
Sydney Sixers have been the most consistent team of this season and for good reason. The reason they have clinched 7 wins in 10 games is that they have such a dependable batting and bowling unit. They are coming off a comfortable win in their last match against Sydney Thunder by 5 wickets (DLS method) and are looking better than ever.
Sydney’s batting unit is its main strength. Josh Philippe, with 337 runs in the season, has been their leading run-getter and their main performer all through. Then there’s Daniel Hughes (271 runs), Jordan Silk (210 runs), and James Vince (203 runs) who provide the middle-order much stability. Daniel Christian has already shown that he can be destructive lower down the order and win games on his own.
As for their bowling, Sydney has Steve OKeefe (13 wickets) who has been the main wicket-taker for the team and has had a terrific economy of 6.50. Carlos Brathwaite and Christian have provided good support but Jake Ball has been expensive and is the only weak link in this bowling line up.
Josh Philippe (wk), Justin Avendano, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve OKeefe, Jackson Bird, Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope
James Vince, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Lloyd Pope, Steve O'Keefe, Carlos Brathwaite, Jackson Bird, Justin Avendano, Jordan Silk, Jake Ball, DT Christian
Perth Scorchers are on a superb winning streak and have clinched 5 matches in a row. That winning streak also included a comprehensive 86-run victory against Sydney Sixers, their next opponents. In that match, Perth batted first to amass 183-4 on the board and then bundled out Sydney for just 97 runs. They would be looking to repeat that performance in this clash now.
What would delight Perth is that their attacking opener Jason Roy is finally getting into form and responded with a brilliant match-winning 74* off 52 balls in the last match against Hobart Hurricanes. Fellow opener Liam Livingstone too was amongst the runs (54 off 39 balls) and that makes Perth even more dangerous even though their best performer Colin Munro might not play because of injury. The likes of Josh Inglis (199 runs) and Mitchell Marsh (187 runs) are capable enough to stabilize the middle-order.
Perth’s bowling unit Jhye Richardson (18 wickets) who has been in sensational form throughout the season. Andrew Tye (10 wickets), Jason Behrendorff (6 wickets), and Fawad Ahmed (7 wickets) have provided great support. Tye and Richardson were the wreckers-in-chief in the victory against the Sixers last time and would be the main ones to watch out for.
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
AJ Tye, Jason Roy, Jason Behrendorff, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Bancroft, Josh Inglis, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, AJ Turner, Aaron Hardie, Colin Munro
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The pitch at the Manuka Oval in Canberra is quite a good one for batting. We have already seen some tall totals being achieved on the ground this season as the ball comes on nicely to the bat almost consistently through. Spinners, however, do get decent grip from the surface and may be the ones to depend on.
The weather forecast at Canberra for the day of the game is clear and breezy and we should get a full game.
We have seen tall totals being scored at the Manuka Oval in Canberra in BBL 10 with Sydney Thunder’s 219-7 being the highest one. There have, in fact, been two totals in excess of 200 scored on the venue and hence the team batting first in this game would have to look to achieve something in the range of 180-plus to feel safe.
The team winning the toss would be looking to bowl first as that choice has yielded better results this season on the venue.
In the last 5 matches between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers, the Sixers have won 3 games and the Scorchers have won 2. Importantly, though, Perth won the last clash between the two sides and did so with some conviction. Both the teams are in good form and are coming off victories. Both have a strong batting unit and hence there’s no clear favorite for this match. However, Perth does look quite dangerous at the moment and might just dominate Sydney again in what should be a close contest.
Back the Perth Scorchers to win this clash.