About the Match
With 4 points on board, Scorchers, who did well to demolish the Sixers and win the match by 36 runs, will now take on Sydney Thunder, which recently lost its match against Renegades by 8 wickets and has only 2 points on board, on 1st Jan 2015 at home ground Perth. The New Year ’s Day will see the two teams trying to dominate each other with the skill sets they have and prepare for the challenges ahead; with the home advantage and the recent victory, Scorchers do have an upper hand but Sydney Thunder will be eager to fight back and go back to winning ways.
Choosing to bat first against Sixers, the batsmen failed to build partnerships and could muster only 135 runs; however, the bowlers came through and defended the low score by demolishing the opponents for 99 runs by the end of the 18th over. Dixon struck very early to claim two wickets while Yasir Arafat’s 2 wickets and Tye’s 2-12 and a run-out contribution, followed by Turner’s amazing show, which saw him take 2 quick wickets in one over for only 3 runs, helped the team defend the total and score a win here. Behrendorff is also in good form and will be key to their bowling attack; overall, the bowlers look more confident with their performance going forward. Marcus Harris was brilliant with his 36 off 26 balls but Klinger, whose heroics in the last match when he posted a superb 105 off 60 saw them pull off a victory, couldn’t repeat his brilliance this time. The other batsmen need to take their responsibilities more seriously and help keep the scoreboard ticking if they want to prepare for the long haul.
Hussey and Kallis continue to disappoint as they once again failed to build a strong start batting first against Renegades; Blizzard wasn’t able to repeat his heroics on the field and was sent packing after scoring just 11 runs. Danile Hughes and Hartley made a late effort to revive the innings by putting up a 51-run stand for the 6th wicket but it wasn’t enough against the home side. With only 114 runs to defend, the bowlers were in a pressure situation and Sandhu, Cummins, Nannes, Hauritz and McDonald, who have been performing well till now, couldn’t make a dent on the opposition and gave away too many easy runs to lose the match in the 14th over itself. They have won with a good strategy earlier and need to revisit their game plan going forward; with the right attitude and some minor changes to their batting composition, they definitely can be a tough team to beat in the upcoming matches.
Sydney Thunder is going through a lean patch, losing two consecutive games, but need to find a way out if they want to keep their hopes alive; Perth Scorchers not only have the home advantage but their massive win against Sixers would definitely have given them a morale boost for the upcoming match. Though the contest will be well-fought by both sides, we feel Scorchers will emerge victorious once again on Thursday to ring in the New Year with more cheer.
Hobart Hurricanes, 1.80 @ Bet365