The 30th match of the Big Bash League will pit the Sydney Sixers against the Perth Scorchers. While the Sixers have had a smooth campaign thus far, winning 5 games out of the 7 that they have played and are sitting pretty at the top of the points table, the Perth Scorchers are languishing at the seventh place.
The Sydney Sixers thrashed the Adelaide Strikers in their previous encounter. Josh Philippe scored a blazing 41 off just 24 balls at the top, and Jordan Silk provided the finishing touches down the order, scoring an unbeaten 28-ball 38, as the Sixers romped home with 7 wickets in hand.
On the other hand, the Perth Scorchers are currently on a two-match winning streak. In their previous match against the bottom placed Melbourne Renegades, the Perth side clicked with both bat and ball and pummelled the Aaron Finch-led side by 96 runs. Wicket keeper Josh Inglis was the star of the match, scoring a 41-ball 72 to help his side post 185 runs on the board. This is the first meeting between the two sides in this edition.
Pitch and Conditions
So far, there has been just one match played at Perth in the Big Bash League. The pitch will aid stroke making, and the key would be for the batsmen to get through the initial few minutes. Once they get through that phase, they can make it count, just like how Josh Inglis showed in the game between the Scorchers and the Renegades.
Average first innings score
The first innings score in the only match that was played at the Perth Stadium is 185.
Record of Chasing teams
The chasing team has lost the only match played at this venue.
Sydney Sixers Playing XI
Josh Philippe, Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes(c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshius, Ben Manenti, Stephen O’Keefe/ Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope.
Bench: Nick Bertus, Justin Avendano, Hayden Kerr, Tom Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Stephen OKeefe/Jake Ball
Perth Scorchers Playing XI
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis, Colin Munro, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
Bench: Matt Kelly, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Sam Whiteman
Probable Top Performers
Jhye Richardson – Perth Scorchers
It is pretty hard to look past Jhye Richardson as far as the Perth Scorchers are concerned. In the game against the Adelaide Strikers on 31st December 2020, it was Richardson who ripped through the Strikers’ batting line up, scalping 3 wickets, giving away just 19 runs.
Richardson’s numbers in the 2020-21 edition of the Big Bash League make for stunning reading. In the 6 matches that the right-arm pacer has played thus far in the league, he has picked up 10 wickets. He averages an outstanding 13.90 with the ball, and his strike rate is even more impressive at 11.80.
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Sydney Sixers – Josh Philippe
This is a pretty straightforward choice. With every match that he plays, Josh Philippe seems to be getting better with the willow. In the Sixers’ victory over the Adelaide Strikers on January 3rd 2021, it was the keeper-batsman who led the charge with the bat, scoring a brisk 41. His innings, studded with 5 fours and a six, allowed his side to canter home easily.
In fact, Philippe’s scores in his last three matches read 48, 48 and 41. He has also amassed 261 runs in the tournament and is just 17 runs away from becoming the highest run scorer of the league. The battle between Richardson and Philippe will be an intriguing one to watch.
Match Timings: 1:45PM IST
TV: Sony Pictures Network
Live Streaming: SonyLIV
The Prediction is for the Sydney Sixers to win the Match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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