The first qualifier of the ongoing big bash league will be played between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers at Manuka oval today. Sydney Sixers are the defending champions are sensational this season. They are topping the points table during the league phase and they are today up against Perth Scorchers who is dynamic and has made a tremendous comeback during the second phase of the league stage. Sixers batting depth has been the talk of the town as Sean Abbott and Moises Henriques gives brings the perfect balance with both bat and ball. As usual josh Phillipe is at his top of the game at the top order and they will be eyeing for the win which will help them to enter into finals. James Vince and Daniel Hughes have chipped in with useful contributions from a bat and Daniel Christian has played the innings of his life which makes them one of the best t20 franchise across the globe. Carlos Braithwaite is doing a fine job as a bowling all-rounder. There is a huge depth in the side and players are lending their contributions when the team requires. You can expect yet another gritty performance from them.
Perth scorchers on another hand have started the season slowly but able to overcome all the hurdles to reach the qualifier stage. Their power-packed batting line-up which includes Jason Roy and Colin Munro has delivered many times for them. Especially Colin Munro who is topping their batting charts with 411 runs. They also got Jhye Richardson who is topping the wickets column with 27 wickets so far in the tournament. The team has got the right mix of youth and experience which makes them threat to any team. Jason Roy and Andrew Tye are slowly hitting their peak form and you can expect both of them coming good today. Led by Ashton Agar the team has got the right balance with Mitchell Marsh who is chipping in with useful contributions from bat and ball. Josh Inglis is also doing the wonderful job behind the stumps as well as in batting. With a final spot in waiting you can expect yet another interesting match between these two sides.
Players to watch out for:
Young wicket-keeper batsmen josh Phillippe is in fine form with bat and he has continued his fine form where he left last year. With Australia calling in line, he will look to put up yet another gritty performance which will help him to showcase his mantle in front of national selectors.
Like Josh Phillippe Jhye Richardson is also eyeing for a permanent place in Australian limited-overs set up. He is also in fine form with the ball and is topping wickets column with 27 wickets. He will take this opportunity to showcase his audience at the bigger stage.
Pitch at Manuka oval is expected to be slow and spinners are expected to play a huge role. So batting first will be the ideal option for the captain who the toss.
Expected Playing XI:
Josh Philippe (WK), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (C), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe and Lloyd Pope.
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (C), Jhye Richardson, Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye and Fawad Ahmed.
Both the teams are equally balanced against each other and have got the players who can lit up the playoff stage with a bang. You can expect sixers coming better-off against scorchers considering their team composition and balance.