Perth Scorchers’ hunt for first win in the season against Thunder
Perth Scorchers to win
We are into the 12th game of the Big Bash League 2020-21 and Sydney Thunder would be taking on the Perth Scorchers in this game. Thunder won their last game against Brisbane Heat and this would make them very confident going into this contest. Scorchers on the other hand haven’t opened their account yet and the last game against the Melbourne Stars was washed away by rain.
We are still in the early rounds of the season and both the sides would be eager to earn their two points from this game. The Sydney Thunder is currently struggling with its bowling form and they would be eager to get over this during the game. Scorchers have one of the strongest batting line-ups in the tournament and it remains to be seen if the side is able to make most out of it as they search for their first win in this season.
Callum Ferguson’s team registered its first win in the last game where they went past the Brisbane Heat by 4 wickets in a high scoring game. Though their top order failed in the game it was a great show by the lower middle order that snatched a win from the jaws of defeat. However, Ferguson is likely to be worried about the form of his bowlers as they have done poorly in both the games so far.
Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja had a bad day in the last game opening the batting for the side and they would be expected to fire in this game. In the middle order Ferguson also missed out but he adds strength to the side along with Alex Ross and Baxter Holt. With Ben Cutting and Daniel Sams in the finishers’ role along with Chris Green, Thunder has a very strong batting line-up for this game.
It is their bowling attack that hasn’t looked in good rhythm in the two games so far and they would need to make improvements for this game. They will look for wickets from the new ball pair of Green and Jonathan Cook. Nathan McAndrew, Sams and Tanveer Sangha lack experience when compared the kind of attack we see in other teams and they would be expected to bowl tight spells and not allow the Scorchers batsmen to dominate them.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook, Tanveer Sangha
Alex Hales, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Christopher Green, Adam Milne, Baxter J Holt, Usman Khawaja, Oliver Davies, Callum Ferguson, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan John McAndrew
Ashton Turner’s side would be hunting for its first win of the season in this game. Their last game against the Melbourne Stars saw no result due to rain and the side had started with a loss against Melbourne Renegades in their first game. Turner would still be confident about his side’s prospects with their batsmen having done well in the last game after the disaster against the Renegades. The skipper would be expecting a similar show from them here.
Colin Munro and Jason Roy form strong opening combination and Roy playing his first game of the season would look to make an impact here. Joe Clarke would be confident after his good show in the last game. They have strong batting to follow with Mitchell Marsh, Turner and Cameron Bancroft bringing in lot of experience. Jhye Richardson and Aaron Hardie down the order also have the abilities to hit the ball hard.
The side would be expecting early wickets from Jhye Richardson and Joel Paris as they would be up against a strong batting line-up that Thunder have. Andrew Tye needs to play an important role here being the most bankable bowler in the side. Hardie, Turner and Fawad Ahmed bring in much needed variety to this attack and they would be expected to bowl tighter lines in this game.
Ashton Turner (c), Josh Inglis (wk), Colin Munro, Joe Clarke, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
AJ Tye, Jason Behrendorff, CT Bancroft, Joe Clarke, Josh Inglis, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Mitchell Marsh, AJ Turner, Aaron Hardie, Colin Munro
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||6.22 k/h||From: WNW||91%|
|03h||21||0 mm.||7.67 k/h||From: WNW||22%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||7.58 k/h||From: WNW||6%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||4.62 k/h||From: W||49%|
|12h||12||0 mm.||2.62 k/h||From: WNW||38%|
|15h||10||0 mm.||2.07 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|18h||9||0 mm.||1.67 k/h||From: WNW||2%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||1.78 k/h||From: SSW||9%|
There are predictions for overcast skies and heavy rains at Canberra on December 22 and we would be lucky to have a full game here. The weather is expected to make the batting conditions challenging in this game. The side that bats first here would be happy to reach a score of 170 runs in the game.
Manuka Oval, Canberra is a small venue with short boundaries around the square and we have seen several high scoring games here over the years. The ball comes on to the bat nicely allowing batsmen to play their strokes. Fast bowlers find assistance from the surface with the new ball but spinners have always had a tough time bowling at this venue with the small size of the boundaries.
Canberra has been a good venue to chase scores as the pitch holds itself in both innings of the game and setting a total here would be a tough task. In the three games so far here this season the side chasing the score has won twice. Thus we believe the team that wins the toss here would invite the opponents to bowl first.
Sydney Thunder would be coming into the game with a win under their belt which shall make them confident. But the side still has problems as far as the performance of their bowlers is concerned. On the other hand it hasn’t been the best of start to the season for the Perth Scorchers but they are a much better side than what we have seen so far from them. They have good strength in their batting and also a bowling attack that had depth and this would put them ahead in the game.
Perth Scorchers to win