Date & Time: Wednesday, December 18, 13:40 IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Two of the most successful teams clash off in Sydney
In the second edition of the Big Bash League, 2019-20, the Perth Scorchers face-off Sydney Thunder at SCG on Wednesday. The Scorchers are the most useful franchise in the history of BBL. They had gone through an unforgettable season last time around. Now they will be keen on retaining their fame and success. On the other hand, the Sixers are only second to the Scorchers when it comes to success rate of being crowned as champions in the opening season. But from there on, they are yet to cross the final hurdle. This will be another season where they seek to break the hurdle.
Sydney Sixers Possible XI
Daniel Hughes, Josh Phillipe (WK), James Vince, Moises Henriques (C), Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti.
Perth scorchers possible XI
Josh Inglis, Cameron Bancroft (WK), Sam Whiteman,Liam Livingstone, Ashton Turner, Mitchell Marsh (C), Ashton Agar, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Joel Paris.
The surface in Sydney has traditionally assisted spinners and it hasn’t been a great hunting ground for batsmen in the last couple of years. The average score of first innings in this year is around 145.
He was in good form in the season for the Aussies in the T20Is played against the Lankans and Pakistan. His record for the Scorchers is no different from his present form. His PPM of 40 and MDTA of 1.25 makes him a must-have today’s match.
The Scorchers captain has a point to prove having been left out of the Test and in the limited-overs squads. This is a great opportunity for him to knock the door with a lot of series that are coming up in the summer. His PPM of 42 in the format and his all round ability makes him the most sought after player in the Dream11 cricket team.
He is coming into the BBL on the back of a decent MLS season. His ability to bowl the crucial overs in the innings gives him the opportunity to be amongst the wickets every time he takes the field. His career stats are a reflection of it, he has a PPM of 45 and MDTA of 1.67 in the format.
He is another batsman who is refreshed after a good MSL season. He may have lost his touch at the back end of the tournament but his record in the format suggests he is a more consistent player than that. He has a PPM of 53.5 and MDTA of 1.46 in the 61 matches played in the format.
He is amongst the top run-scorers for New South Wales in the recently concluded One Day Cup. Adding to it, he was also the top run-scorer for the Sixers in the previous edition, which turned out to be a breakthrough season for him in the domestic circuit. He has a PPM of 41 and an MDTA of 1.6 in the format.