The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips for a mouth-watering clash between in-form outfits the Scorchers and Sixers.
History: Played 16: Scorchers 10 V Sixers 6
Last meeting: December 26, 2019: Sixers d Scorchers by 48 runs at Optus Stadium
Final Thoughts: The slow-starting Perth Scorchers have surged back into BBL|10 playoffs contention with convincing back-to-back victories. Next in their sights are the defending champion Sydney Sixers, who sit atop the Big Bash ladder.
The Scorchers recorded three heavy losses and a no result from their opening four games. But a seven-wicket upset of the Strikers on New Year’s Eve has apparently turned their fortunes around. Jason Roy (49 off 32) top-scored in his second outing after completing quarantine requirements, while Jhye Richardson (3/19) claimed Player of the Match honours.
Perth backed it up in their first match of BBL|10 at their home base. Josh Inglis (72* off 41) and Colin Munro (52* off 31) shared in a 117-run stand as the Scorchers reached 3/185 against the Renegades – easily their best batting display of the season. The Renegades were skittled for 89 with Fawad Ahmed (2/5) and Aaron Hardie (2/10) among six wicket-takers in the 96-run win.
The were upset by the Heat (4 wickets) on Saturday but improved to 5-2 with a consummate seven-wicket win over the Strikers 24 hours later.
Dan Christian (1/22) and Ben Dwarhuis (1/19) bowled superbly to restrict the Strikers to 4/150. Josh Philippe (41 off 24) racked up his third straight score of 40-plus, James Vince (45* off 33) top-scored to climb out of a form drought and Jordan Silk (38* off 28) produced another handy late-innings knock as the Sixers got home with two overs to spare.
Scorchers out to halt losing run against Sixers
The Sixers powered to a pair of resounding BBL|09 wins over the Scorchers.
They hauled in the modest target of 132 with five overs and eight wickets to spare at the SCG. Josh Philippe (81* off 44) cut loose with the bat. The Scorchers sunk to a 48-run loss in Perth after being bowled out for just 126.
The Scorchers’ recent surge has edged them into favouritism to take down the heavyweight Sixers. But the Sixers have been consistently strong from the outset this season and have an impressive record in close matches. The reigning champs are too good to pass up as underdogs.
Namesake wicketkeepers Philippe and Inglis are the players to watch in the top runscorer markets.