Date & Time: Sunday, January 26, 09:15 IST
Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, Australia
A must-win game for Thunder at home
Sydney Thunder takes on Perth Scorchers in the first of Sunday’s doubleheader in what is a must-win game for Thunder to finish in the top 5. For Scorchers it may not be a must-win game but if Thunder and Hurricanes both win by a big margin in their remaining games, then it will be curtains for Scorchers. Hence, there is a lot at stake for both sides in their final match of the league phase.
Daniel Sams, Lian Livingstone, and Josh Inglis are must-have players in the match who have a PPM of above 50 in the tour. Mitchel Marsh, Chris Morris, and Alex Hales are next in the pecking order who have a PPM of above 45.
Perth Scorchers possible XI
Josh Inglis(w), Liam Livingstone, Kurtis Patterson, Mitchell Marsh(c), Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson,Fawad Ahmed, Morne Morkel, Matthew Kelly
Sydney Thunder possible XI
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson(c), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton(w), Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Gurinder Sandhu, Jonathan Cook, Liam Bowe
The Sydney Showgrounds has offered something for everyone in the four matches played in the season. Though batting hasn’t been easy when compared to other venues. It’s wise to pick more bowlers in the fantasy team.
The Scorchers opening batsman is in some form in the season. He is one of the top 5 run-getters of the season. In the last two games, he has scored 78 & 79 respectively. In addition, he has also been handy with his leg-breaks which may benefit his side at Showgrounds.
He has been the lone warrior for Thunder with the bat in the second half of the season. He has scored at a PPM of 67 in the last 5 matches and made it to the dream team four times in the period. We expect another good performance from the Thunder opener in the team’s crucial match of the season.
He is the leading wicket-taker of the season with 24 wickets from 13 matches. In the last 5 matches, he might not have been consistent as he was earlier, yet he chipped in with wickets. He has made the most of it by picking at least couple of wickets. He has a PPM of 55 and an MDTA of 1.5 in the tour.