About the Match
Sydney Thunder has a huge task on its hands as it prepares to take on the Perth Scorchers who moved to the top of the table after their last match. While Thunder has won just two out of its six matches, the Scorchers have won five out of their six. All is not lost for the Thunder, however, and they must believe in their ability to have a chance in this match.
This has been a tough tournament for the Sydney Thunder as they have struggled to support their two main players, Jos Buttler and Shane Watson, on the batting side of things. Their bowling has been impressive on occasions but that has not been enough to win them matches consistently.
Jos Buttler is now going to be replaced by Joe Denly, another English player who has been scoring runs very consistently on the county circuit and was the highest run-getter in the NatWest T20 Blast as well. Buttler had hit some searing form over the last few matches and will be missed greatly especially since it is difficult to expect Denly to come in and start hammering runs straight away.
The loss of Buttler means that Shane Watson is pretty much the only batsman that Thunder can count on. Kurtis Patterson has scored a few runs at the top of the order but his strike rate has been poor and we don’t think he has contributed too much to the victory.
The lack of runs from Ben Rohrer, Callum Ferguson, and the absence of powerful lower order batsman is hurting the Thunder a lot.
The only way they can be competitive is through some excellent bowling from their bowlers. In Fawad Ahmed, Arjun Nair, and Chris Green, the Thunder has at its disposal plenty of spin power and variety. Mitchell McClenaghan also adds quality and variety to this attack which has proven difficult for most teams to face.
The opportunity that the Thunder team has against the Perth Scorchers s to bowl out a relatively weak batting lineup cheaply and hope that their own batsmen can scrape together those runs.
The Perth Scorchers pulled off what we consider their best victory of the tournament so far. We have been calling them out for being a poor batting side and were doubtful about their chances while chasing down a big total. That is exactly what they did, though, against a strong Melbourne Renegades side and returned to the back of the table.
Hat victory was largely down to an absolutely brilliant inning from Ashton Turner who smashed 70 runs from 32 deliveries. Turner has the power to clear boundaries consistently and that makes him a very dangerous opponent in all situations.
After playing six matches in the tournament, a slightly more settled approach Perth Batting order has emerged. David Willey and Michael Klinger seem to be the designated openers and now that both of them have runs behind them, we don’t expect it to change.
Hilton Cartwright is trying to make the number 3 position his own but his performances have been a little disappointing. We thought this would be the year where he breaks out as a T20 player of significance now that the absence of the Marsh brothers had opened up a few spots.
With Ashton Agar as the floater, this Scorchers lineup is somehow managing to overcome the loss of multiple first choice players and that is an amazing feat in itself.
The bowling continues to be brilliantly led by Andrew Tye, Ashton Agar, and Jhya Richardson. Mitchell Johnson has been excellent when available and David Willey has been pretty effective as well.
Hilton Cartwright is actually a very good bowler in his own right but he has been barely been ne3eded so far.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Showground Stadium has been conducive to spin, probably to afford some to the home side, but the small boundaries always keep the batsmen interested as well. There is something in it for almost everyone and this is why matches here have been pretty exciting.
There has been some rain around in Sydney but the current forecast for this match is quite good.
The Sydney Thunder has won only one match against the Perth Scorchers in its last five attempts. They have the bowling attack to challenge the Scorchers but lack the batting to put their bowlers under pressure. We think the Scorchers should have this one covered easily.
Back the Perth Scorchers to win.
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