About the Match
Sydney Sixers will host Perth Scorchers in the 2nd Semi-Final match of the Big Bash League series on Feb 5th at the Sydney Cricket Ground; the hosts finished with 12 points on the board to come in second position while Scorchers ended up with 10 points coming at 3rd place. With a thumping victory against the Thunders in the last match of the league, the Sixers moved up to 2nd place to get to host the crucial semi-final against the Scorchers, who lost their last game against the Stars. Both sides are equally matched with talented players on their teams and this contest is sure to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.
The team has exceptional players like Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood on the bowling squad, who have been performing well in the tournament; the batting line-up is strong with players like Steven Smith, Nic Maddinson, Moises Henriques, Michael Lumb and Marcus North, who have been instrumental in the team making it to the top four. Lee and Lyon have been in good form; Lyon took 3 wickets in the last match against Thunders while Lee and Hazelwood took a wicket each to restrict them to 128 runs. Maddinson took charge during the chase and posted an unbeaten 59 runs off 56 deliveries, smashing away 9 boundaries while Henriques stood strong to take the team home safely with 4 balls to spare. While Steve O’Keefe suffered an injury and may not be available for the match, the tight bowling unit will surely make up for the spinner’s absence and with the guidance of experienced players like Brett Lee and Steven Smith, this team will be difficult to beat on home ground.
Under the leadership of Katich, the team has played collectively to move ahead in the tournament and they will be very proud of their achievements so far; while the batting performance has been consistent, they will need to push themselves harder to get the big runs coming. The bowling needs to be sharper and players like Behrendorff, Michael Beer and Voges will have to take regular wickets and dominate the opponents. The openers have to build a strong partnership and the team should avoid losing early wickets; while Voges and Katich are strong in the middle order, the others also need to contribute with their skills and keep the scoreboard ticking. The players need to focus on the positives and give an all-round performance in the upcoming match if they want to defeat the Sixers in their own backyard.
Both sides have good resources on their team, well-balanced with experience and talent; while the Sixers have the home advantage, the Scorchers show a lot of determination to take the challenge head-on and give a tough fight to the hosts. While the match could go either way as the teams are equally matched, Sydney Sixers go in as the heavier of the two and look good to make it to the finals.
Sydney Sixers, 1.80 @ Bet365