About the Match
Sydney Thunder remains at the third position with 6 points after 5 matches and will now host Scorchers at Sydney on 7th January. The Scorchers have slipped down to the second position on the table after reigning on the top for some time now; they have 6 points after 5 matches and will be eager to go back to their winning ways. The upcoming contest will be well-fought by both sides and the team that can put up an all-round performance with bat and ball will be better placed to emerge victorious on Thursday.
Their recent match against Heat resulted in a heart-wrenching defeat by 6 wickets, giving the opponent their first victory in the season; Thunder batsmen put up a fierce 186 runs batting first, thanks to Watson and Hussey’s power-packed innings but the bowlers fell short and couldn’t defend the target. Russell was the pick of the bowlers as he took 2 wickets and gave away just 28 runs in is 4-over spell; Chris Green and Watson were the other bowlers lucky with a wicket each but the rest of them couldn’t find the required breakthroughs and gave away too many runs in the end.
In the previous match against Hurricanes, it was the batsmen who failed to step up and take their team to victory, after failing to chase down 164 runs; McKay’s 4-28 with the ball went in vain as players like Kallis and Watson fell duck-out in the very first over of the second innings.
Their two recent defeats have exposed some weaknesses in the team but they definitely have the resources to bounce back; Hussey continues to belt out power-packed performances with the bat while bowlers like McKay, Russell, Fawad Ahmed and Sandhu provide the variety in attack.
They were invincible for a good amount of time in the league but their recent defeat against Strikers has thrown them off the top spot in the points table; however, they definitely have a good batting line-up and an in-form bowling attack that can put them back on track. In the match against Strikers, the batsmen had a stiff challenge of achieving 175 runs but they were all-out for just 138 runs by the 18th over. Klinger, who had been consistent with the bat couldn’t save his team from the defeat while David Willey’s quick 31 off 17 balls wasn’t enough to take them across the finish line.
This was their second defeat against Strikers; previously, the bowlers failed to defend 151 runs although Willey and Paris put up a good effort by taking 2 wickets each. Marsh, Voges and Klinger contributed well but the others down the line failed to impress.
In their recent outings, Scorchers proved to be a formidable force to reckon with, winning three consecutive games wherein the batsmen posted competitive totals and bowlers restricted the opposition in their run-flow. They have experienced players and young talent that can help them win the upcoming match to put them back on top.
The Scorchers have done very well to get to the top of the table and will be determined to continue on their juggernaut. Kallis' absense will be a huge setback for the home team The home team will be a tough challenge but we feel that Scorchers, who have the momentum advantage, will put their best foot forward to climb up the ladder with another win here on Tuesday.