From being at the bottom half of the points table, the Perth Scorchers have raised their game dramatically in the ongoing edition of the BBL. The Ashton Turner-led unit have won five matches in a row and are placed third in the points table with 20 points from nine games.
Their next encounter is against Daniel Hughes’ Sydney Sixers on Saturday, January 16 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. In their previous meeting, the Scorchers crushed the Sixers by 86 runs. The Sixers, on the other hand, are sitting pretty on top of the points table with 29 points.
With four league matches left, they will be looking end the league stage atop the ladder. The Sixers, however, are in decent form, having beaten the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder in their last two games. The game is expected to be a thriller.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Canberra has been an excellent one for batting. The bowlers haven’t had much in it to cheer for. The teams batting second have tended to dominate quite a bit, winning five out of eight matches.
Shot making won’t be a tough task at the Manuka Oval. There are no chances of rain whatsoever. The temperature will be around 21 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the low-30s.
Average first-innings score
171 (8 completed T20 matches in BBL 2020-21)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 5; Lost – 3
Playing Combinations for SIX vs SCO
Josh Philippe (WK), Justin Avendano, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (C), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve O’Keefe, Jackson Bird, Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope
Bench– Hayden Kerr, Ben Manenti, Nicholas Bertus, Ben Dwarshuis, Thomas Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Jack Edwards
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis (WK), Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Turner, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed, Kurtis Patterson
Bench– Joe Clarke, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Kelly, Joel Paris, Corey Rocchiccioli
Probable Top Performers for SIX vs SCO
Josh Philippe– Sydney Sixers
Josh Phillippe has been in jaw-dropping form in the ongoing BBL. He has opened the batting and is one of the major reasons behind the Sixers’ dominance in the tournament.
He is their leading run-scorer with 337 runs from 10 matches at an average and strike-rate of 33.70 and 145.88 respectively. The 64-run knock he played against the Sydney Thunder should keep him in good stead.
Liam Livingstone– Perth Scorchers
Liam Livingstone has been a proven performer in T20 cricket over the years. But in the first four matches of the ongoing BBL, he couldn’t get going. His strike-rate was also a matter of concern as it was merely around a run-a-ball.
However, in the Scorchers’ last game against Hobart Hurricanes, he put forth his A-game. Opening the batting, Livingstone managed 54 off 39 with four fours and as many sixes.
Match timings – 06:40 PM local time, 01:10 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for the team, batting second 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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