About the Match
The Scorchers will host the Hurricanes on Jan 7 at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground for the 17th league match of the ongoing Big Bash series, meeting them for the first time this season. While Scorchers are sitting at the 4th position on the table with 4 points, Hurricanes have 3 points and are placed at the 6th place. The league is still in the early stages and both teams will try to do their best to climb ahead by winning this crucial match, it needs to be seen which team will hold its nerves and emerge victorious here.
The Scorchers won against Sydney Thunder by 6 wickets with 4 balls remaining in their previous match to score a win in the thrilling match that saw Katich lead from the front, posting a brilliant 75 runs off 42 balls to take the team home safely. Faced with a target of 158 runs, the batsmen started well but it was the captain’s efforts that steadied the chase along with support from Mitchell Marsh in the end who scored 34 runs from 29 deliveries to finish off on a winning note. Earlier, the bowlers did well to break partnerships on a regular basis; while Hogg took 2 wickets, Behrendorff, Arafat and Marsh chipped in by taking a wicket each consistently to restrict the Thunders to 157 runs. The team has performed well so far and they have been successful on home ground, with the competition heating up they will look to win this match and maintain their lead.
The Hurricanes lost their previous match against the Renegades by 51 runs, where the batting line-up collapsed without any fight in reply to the target of 162 runs set by the opposition. Except for Birt and Paine who tried to build the innings, the rest of the batsmen failed miserably and they were all out for 111 runs by the start of the 18th over. Earlier, the bowlers like Laughlin and Bollinger took 5 wickets between them and Doherty and Malik claimed a wicket each; however, there was lack of discipline and they gave away too many runs. The team needs to pull itself together and come up with a better game plan to win matched convincingly and change its fortunes. They have good resources and need to work on their strengths to give a stiff competition to the stronger teams; the Hurricanes will definitely try to win the upcoming match against the Scorchers.
The Hurricanes have done well previously against Brisbane and displayed their strengths to win the match; they are very likely to do so once again and put up a tough fight for the Scorchers. On the other hand, the hosts are charged up with their recent win and would like to continue on their winning momentum; with the home advantage to their side, the Scorchers definitely seem to have the edge to win this encounter against the Hurricanes and inch in closer to keeping their hopes alive.
Perth Scorchers, 2.00 @ Bet365