About the Match
After a stunning 10 wicket victory against Renegades in the last outing, Scorchers are standing in the fourth position with 4 points and will host Sixers in the next match at Perth on 2nd January. The visitors are in the fifth position with 4 points after 5 matches, suffering two consecutive losses in their recent outings. The upcoming match will be well fought by both sides with the batsmen being in good form; the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders and perform under crunch situations with both bat and ball, will be better placed to emerge victorious here on Saturday.
Facing 171-run target against Renegades, Klinger and Shaun Marsh came out all guns blazing during the chase and posted 90 and 76 runs respectively that steered the team to a comfortable win by 10 wickets with 8 balls to spare. Earlier, the bowlers tried to counter the combined force of Gayle and Finch, who blitzed sixes and fours at will, but took a while to find the breakthroughs.
Behrendorff took 2 key wickets that of Gayle and White in two successive deliveries, helping his team restrict the opposition to 170 runs; David Willey and Tye took a wicket each but others like Hogg and Paris proved to be expensive. In the previous match against Heat, the bowlers were very effective thanks to a 3-wicket haul by Tye and Behrendorff’s 2-32; the batsmen had an easy target of 118 runs, which they achieved without a sweat.
Klinger, Marsh and Harris are in good nick with the bat and compose the top order; they will need to stabilize the innings whether batting first or during chase. The bowling attack looks good with Behrendorff, Tye, Willey and Hogg able to take consistent wickets.
Despite a competitive 176-run target posted by the batsmen, Sixers lost the match against Strikers, with the bowlers unable to find any answers for the middle-order batsman Travis Head. Although Dwarshuis took 3-25 and Bird provided the opening break with Simmon’s wicket in the 5th over, the others like Botha, Abbott and Bollinger couldn’t impress much and failed to restrict the opposition.
Against Stars, it was a dismal performance by the batsmen, who couldn’t build strong partnerships and posted only 139 runs; while Silk, Henriques and Maddinson fought hard in the middle, the lower middle order succumbed to the pressure. Bird and Steven O’Keefe tried their best to contain the run-flow by picking up a wicket each but the others failed to put up a disciplined attack, and lost the match by 5 wickets.
Although they are in the fifth position presently, they need to start winning more matches if they want to stay for the long run; while they have hard-hitting batsmen like Lumb, Henriques, Haddin and Silk, they need to combine well and put up strong totals. The bowlers need to reign in the run-flow and use the resources that they have to their advantage here on Saturday.
While Scorchers come here at the back of an emphatic win, they need to be cautious against the Sixers, whomight be running low on morale but definitely have the skills to bounce back. The contest could go either way but we feel Scorchers, with the home advantage, will win the match