About the Match
The Sydney Sixers have lost their three opening matches this season to be firmly in the bottom half of the table at the moment while their opponents for this match, the Perth Scorchers, have three wins from their three opening matches. Travelling to the WACA is not going to be easy for the Sixers and their fourth defeat from as many matches is looming large.
Called as the best T20 team in the world because of their phenomenal success, the Perth Scorchers continue to overturn T20 beliefs and are charting a new path. Theirs is a team that almost seems to believe batting in this form of the game is an afterthought and that short cameos are all that is required to win matches.
It is a belief that is hard to argue with because of the results that have been coming their way but all of the Scorchers victories have been built around their bowling.
Andrew Tye has taken 12 wickets from three matches already, Mitchell Johnson has 6 and all the other bowlers have done well too. It's not just the wickets either because the economy rates of all of these bowlers is very low as well.
Even against the Renegades, the Scorchers were chasing just 130 runs, which is remarkable considering the depth in the Renegades batting lineup.
The question now becomes about how long can the Scorchers continue to win without any real batting depth to speak of? How soon will the other teams realize that they don’t need to aim for 180-200 against the Scorchers but challenge them with 150?
Even chasing small targets, the Scorchers have been a little susceptible. The Scorchers would be pleased that Michael Klinger got to spend some time at the crease and that David Willey played a few attractive shots at the top of the order. We continue to believe that their best batsman is Hilton Cartwright and that he will have to regularly chip in with useful scores through the tournament.
Can a struggling lineup like the Sixers have any chance of standing up to the might of the Scorchers bowling? We believe they can. Jason Roy, Nic Maddinson, Sam Billings, Moises Henriques, and Daniel Hughes are all quality players that should not be counted after a short bad run.
Any one of these players has the ability to change their ongoing narrative within a short span of time. A lot of the Sixers batsmen have also looked in good form but failed to go on.
Now that Jordan Silk made a fluent fifty in his first BBL 07 match, he should continue to play in place of Peter Neville, who to be honest is not much of a t20 player anyway.
The Sydney Sixers got their balance wrong in the last match and went with too many bowlers but not enough batting. That can only work when the quality of the bowlers is as good as what the Scorchers have.
For the Sydney Sixers to be competitive, Moises Henriques must make a comeback from injury and then shepherd the side from the front. His presence in the middle will allow the other more free-flowing batsmen to take the game to the Scorchers.
Their own bowling is also pretty handy thanks to the emergence of young Daniel Sams, their current leading wicket-taker, and the cast of experienced proven performers around him like Johan Botha, Steve O’Keefe, Doug Bollinger, and Sean Abbott.
This is an attack that can quite easily overwhelm the somewhat shaky batting of the Scorchers but they need some runs at their back to pile on the pressure.
Pitch and Conditions
A sunny day in Perth with temperatures in the early thirties has been forecast for match day. The pitch is expected to be quick and bouncy, a pleasant change from the recent years when the WACA seemed to have lost its sting. Plenty of runs can be scored but the bowers will never be completely out of the game as well.
The Scorchers have won 8 from 11 matches that they have played against the Sydney Sixers. These 8 victories have come in the last 9 matches that they have played making this statistic all the more damning.
We are, however, backing the underdog in this one.
Sydney Sixers to win.
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