Two best teams of this season and two best seasons of the history are knocking horns each other for the trophy in the ongoing big bash league. Sydney Sixers will be eyeing for the third title two in a row whereas Perth Scorchers will be eyeing for the fourth title. Sydney Sixers had enjoyed a week-long preparation time thanks to their strong playoff finish. Both had met against each other in the qualifiers which ended in a dramatic fashion where Andrew tye bowled a controversial wide ball which denied James Vince scoring century. It is going to be the first home match for Sydney sixers as the COVID-19 protocols have offered them to play in different locations. Sixers are sensational this season with josh Phillipe provide them cracking starts followed by the scintillating performance of James Vince and Daniel Hughes. Moises Henriques has led from the front and he provided much-needed balance to their side with all-round efforts. The side has got both batting and bowling depth which helped them to try different combinations on-field.
Perth scorchers on another hand have also enjoyed a quite outstanding season with top-order Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone and colin Munro chipping in with useful contributions. Promotion of their wicket-keeper batsmen Josh Inglis has proved to be the masterstroke as the wicket-keeper batsmen have provided the much-needed balance in the middle order. Led by Ashton turner the team has got Mitchell marsh who provided the genuine all-round option. A strong performance today will help him to cement his place in Australian limited-overs set up. Jhye Richardson has been the top-wicket taker this season. He is ably supported by Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye. Fawad Ahmed has done a fantastic job with his spin bowling so far. Jason Roy has suffered a minor injury which may prevent him to play finals. If he needs to sit out scorchers have got like-a like replacement in the name of Cameron Bancroft. Overall a well-balanced outfit and has also got batting depth which makes them treat to watch on-field.
Players to watch out for:
Josh Phillipe has got cheaply in the qualifier. So he will look to put up a strong performance that will help him gain the name of a consistent performer. A strong performance today is the ideal way for him to cement his place in the Australian national side.
Like Phillipe Jhye Richardson also doesn’t get the good name in play-offs. So he will look to put up a strong performance that will help him to move an inch closer to getting Australian call-up.
This is going to be the first game in SCG. But you can expect a good surface for batting. Anyways chasing will be the ideal option for the captains who won the toss.
Expected Playing XI:
1 Josh Philippe, 2 James Vince, 3 Daniel Hughes, 4 Moises Henriques (capt), 5 Jordan Silk, 6 Dan Christian, 7 Carlos Brathwaite, 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Steve O’Keefe, 10 Ben Dwarshius, 11 Jackson Bird
1 Cameron Bancroft, 2 Liam Livingstone, 3 Colin Munro, 4 Josh Inglis (wk), 5 Mitchell Marsh, 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Aaron Hardie, 8 Jhye Richardson, 9 Andrew Tye, 10 Fawad Ahmed, 11 Jason Behrendroff
As mentioned earlier two best teams are knocking horns against each other it is difficult to predict the winners. But you can expect sixers coming better off scorchers considering their team composition and balance.