About the Match
Perth Scorchers defeated Adelaide Strikers in their first game of the season by a massive 48 runs and now with 2 points are placed third on the table; they will take on Sydney Sixers, who lost their last game against Hurricanes by 60 runs and have 2 points as well but placed 5th on the table, on 27th December at Sydney. While the Scorchers defended 197 successfully against Strikers, Sixers failed to chase down 201 against Hurricanes after a dismal show by the batting line-up, which in the opening match against Thunder had done well to win by 9 wickets. Both teams will give a tough fight here on Tuesday and whichever side can overcome the nerves, will be better placed to emerge victorious.
Jordan Silk, Moises Henriques and Brad Haddin failed to steady the innings after Jason Roy started the chase against Hurricanes’ 200 with a smashing 40 off 22. Sam Billings supported well with 42 while Botha and Steve O’Keefe tried to revive the innings but in vain. Earlier, the bowlers had been expensive and although Sean Abbott, Botha, Bollinger, Steve O’Keefe and Dwarshuis took regular wickets, they couldn’t stop the Hurricanes from piling up 200 runs.
In the first match against reigning champions Thunder, the bowling unit had done well to restrict the opposition to 159 thanks to 2 wickets each by Mennie, Dwarshuis and Bollinger. Spinners Botha and Steve O’Keefe took a wicket each with their economical spells while the batsmen achieved the target with ease. Henriques had led from the front with a well-made 76 while Hughes and Roy provided a great start with 54 and 27 runs respectively. They can stabilize the innings whether batting first or during chase while others down the line could do well to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Overall, they have a well-balanced bowling unit with speedsters and spinners, who can use their variations to stifle the hosts here and win the match.
The experienced Ian Bell provided a good foundation for the team batting first against Strikers; he posted 61 off 42 while others like Ashton Turner and Mitchell Marsh kept the runs flowing with a quick fire 44 off 19 and 31 off 19 respectively. Defending 197, the bowlers then put the pressure on the opponents and thanks to a superb 2-15 by speedster David Willey and paceman Mitchell Johnson’s 3-33, they registered a fantastic win by 48 runs.
Jhye Richardson also did well with his fast-bowling skills, taking 2 wickets while spinners Ashton Agar and Turner stifled the opponents with their clever variations. Andrew Tye and Mitchell Marsh bring depth to the pace attack and they could combine well as a unit to put up a stiff challenge.
The batting line-up consists of experienced players like Michael Klinger, Ian Bell, Mitchell Marsh, all-rounder David Willey and Ashton Turner, who could do well to build a strong foundation here. Adam Voges leads the side and could use his batting skills to stabilize the middle order.
Sixers did well to win their opening game but their recent defeat against Hurricanes could have hurt the morale of the team; Scorchers come here at the back of a massive win and could pose a stiff challenge and we feel that although Sixers have the home advantage, they are 2-3 bowlers short and Perth Scorchers are placed better to win on Tuesday.