Covid-19 is tightening its grip on the Big Bash League with each passing game, and the competition at the top of the points table is getting stiffer as well. With the Perth Scorchers dominating the table, there isn’t much to choose between the teams in second and third place.
Things could take a sharp turn in the upcoming match between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Thunder. Both teams have been in excellent contact recently and should put on a thrilling show. The game between the two teams will take place on January 6th, 2022, at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.
Match Details to Note
Match: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder, 38th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: January 06, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 3:45 PM IST
Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Team Previews
Team Perth Scorchers are currently at the top of the points table with 29 points and a net run-rate of 1.254, having won eight of their nine matches. The only defeat they have suffered thus far came against the Sydney Thunder, the same team they will face next.
Perth Scorchers are coming off back-to-back victories after their match against the Stars was postponed. Prior to that, the Scorchers had an uncharacteristic win, which may still be fresh in their minds. More recently, they defeated the Sydney Sixers in a low-scoring match, defending a 143-run total in a hard-fought match.
In terms of balance, the Perth Scorchers have a team that only a few teams can match. Kurtis Patterson and Mitchell Marsh, for example, have been fluent at the top, which is the primary reason for their outstanding performance thus far. They also have momentum and will be full of confidence. If they play to their full potential, they should be able to keep the Sydney Thunder at bay, at least for this upcoming match.
Perth Scorchers Squad
Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Colin Munro, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Peter Hatzoglou, Tymal Mills, Lance Morris, Jason Behrendorff, Matthew Kelly, David Moody, Chris Sabburg
Predicted XI: Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Colin Munro, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou, Tymal Mills
Sydney Thunder did not have a great start to their season, but they have done an excellent job of climbing into the top half of the points table. Not only are they doing well, but they are also in a good position to finish among the top two teams if they get a couple of results right in their next couple of games.
The Sydney Thunder are currently third in the points table, having won five of their eight matches. They’ve lost three games so far, with the majority of them being low-margin defeats. They have a net run rate of 0.653, which could be important if things get tight near the end of the league stage.
A win here puts Sydney Thunder in a good position; a loss, however, drops them back into the middle of the table. The Hobart Hurricanes are breathing down their neck, and a loss here will reduce the Hurricanes’ one-match advantage.
On paper, Sydney Thunder appears to be heavily reliant on their top-order, which has performed admirably thus far. Furthermore, Matthew Gilkes’ excellent batting performance in their previous match would undoubtedly boost their confidence. The Thunder has a strong bowling unit with plenty of options thanks to the presence of versatile all-rounders. Overall, Thunder have all of the resources they need to take on the potent Scorchers, and if they can play to their full potential, getting past them will be extremely difficult.
Sydney Thunder Squad
Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Saqib Mahmood, Brendan Doggett, Jonathan Cook, Lachlan Hearne, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Tremain, Alex Hales
Predicted XI: Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Mohammad Hasnain, Saqib Mahmood
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Toss Prediction
For the most part, the pitch performed admirably in the previous game, despite its uneven pace. Both teams will try to get the opposing team to bowl on this track and plan their chase around the target on the line.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Carrara Oval pitch has a true bounce, but the pace has been slightly uneven across the lengths. Batters must work hard before facing the bowlers, who will look to use their variations to great effect on this pitch. On this pitch, we anticipate average scores of 150-160 runs.
On the day of the match, Queensland is expected to have sunny and breezy weather with bright sunshine. There will be no weather or rain delays.
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Match Prediction
Sydney Thunder has a well-balanced attack and has shown consistency and momentum in recent matches. They will have a psychological advantage because they have already defeated the Perth Scorchers this season. With the exception of a rare hiccup, the Scorchers are performing like a turbocharged jet on auto-pilot, with the batting and bowling departments in full flow. With a win in this match, the Perth Scorchers will look to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Perth Scorchers is the favourite to beat Sydney Thunder at the odds of 1.57.
- Perth Scorchers lead the table with 25 points from 8 games, including 7 victories.
- Sydney Thunder is third in the points table with 19 points from 8 games.
- So far this season, Sydney Thunder is the only team to defeat Perth Scorchers.