Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers: Over the last 5 years, 9 matches were played between the two sides with Perth Scorchers winning 8 and the Sydney Sixers managing only 1 win. Sydney Sixers have the benefit of playing at home and they even won their last three matches played at this ground. The Scorchers have a winning rate of 71.42% while the Sixers have won only 48.27% of their fixtures. Scorchers for this game seem the favorites and they’re much superior as far as numbers are concerned. That being said, the Scorchers were steamrolled by the Gades in their opening game. Can the winners of the inaugural edition of the BBL take the Scorchers down?
Scorchers – Average: 147, RR: 7.79
Sixers – Average:132, RR 7.24
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
Date: December 22, 2018
Kick-Off: 10.00 AM, IST
Toss will be key. The venue has hosted six T20 internationals till date out of which four matches were won by side batting second. Since the pitch is expected to remain true throughout the game and spinners might get some assistance during the second innings the team that wins the ‘bat flip’ here is more likely to bowl first.
Average 1st innings score: 153.2
Average 2nd innings score: 143.2
Sydney Sixers will take the field without their premier off-spinner Nathan Lyon, but the Sixers have a full squad to choose from.
The Scorchers are likely to play the same eleven.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Daniel Hughes, Jack Edwards, Joe Denly, Moises Henriques(c), Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe (wk), Justin Avedano, Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe
Sam Whiteman (wk), Michael Klinger, David Willey, Mitchell Marsh(c), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Usman Qadir, Jason Behrendorff
Sixers have signed the English all-rounder Tom Curran, Sean Abbott and the spinner Lloyd Pope will take care of bowling department. Their batting will depend on Daniel Hughes and all-rounders Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques.
Perth Scorchers will expect the likes of Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, David Willey and Ashton Turner to come to the fore with the bat. Turner who scored heavily against the Sixers last time will be the key man in the middle order. Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye are more than handy operators. Andrew Tye was one of the tournament’s best bowlers last season and has a good record against the Sixers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Daniel Hughes, Joe Denly, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Peter Nevill (wk), Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Steve O’Keefe
Michael Klinger, Sam Whiteman (wk), David Willey, Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff
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