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Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers Big Bash League Preview and Predictions - Thunder need a win

Rippa Staff 9 Jan 2018
  • Sydney Thunder are 2-4 for the season
  • Perth Scorchers have lost just one of their six games

The BBL07 race to the finals has entered a decisive phase, as five teams at the top are vying for the four spots, but Sydney Thunder need a win if they are to join the party.

There are two sides stuck to the bottom, picking up no points from the tournament so far. Barring a miracle, the bottom-dwellers can be ruled out of the race. 

Lying between these two clusters is the Thunder, in that chasm of hope, desperately hoping to move up the ladder. That makes their final game at the Spotless Stadium, against Perth Scorchers on Thursday, January 11, a must-win.

Match Preview

The Thunder have four points from six games (W2, L4) and are just about clinging to their hopes of making it to the finals. In three home games in BBL07, they have won just once, on the opening night.

The Scorchers have ten points from six games (W5, L1). They currently are second in the points tally, with just net run rate (NRR) separating them from the table-topping Adelaide Strikers.

The Thunder have historically struggled against the Scorchers picking up just one win in six encounters (W1, L5). At the Spotless Stadium, they have played only once with the Scorchers winning that contest. 

Match Significance

The Thunder need wins, and need them fast. It’s as simple as that, because the Thunder are four points behind the top-four. A loss in this game could relegate them to the status of being just ‘party poopers’ and not contenders.

The Scorchers pride of being a tough unit that churns out wins consistently. Even if the weightage of this game is less, the Scorchers would want to win to keep their momentum going.

Squad Changes

The impressive Jos Buttler leaves the Thunder to join the England ODI side, but they receive a boost as James Vince and Usman Khawaja have been added to the setup.

The Scorchers will see the return of Shaun Marsh (will sit out of this clash because of a quad strain) and Cameron Bancroft, while Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye have left the squad to unite with the Australian ODI squad. Tim Bresnan is called up to replace David Willey, another departure for England national duties.

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Shane Watson (236 runs, SR of 135.63) and Fawad Ahmed (eight wickets, economy of 6.16) have been the torchbearers of the season for the Thunder. The big worry is the profligacy of Andrew Fekete (economy of 9.55) and Gurinder Sandhu (economy of 10).

In a Scorchers side of many performers, Ashton Turner (196 runs, SR of 168.96) shines with the bat. In the absence of Tye, the veteran Mitchell Johnson (seven wickets, economy of 5.60) is vital. Adam Voges (98 runs) needs to increase his influence.

Tips and Predictions

The return of Khawaja could be a comforting factor for the Thunder. He has a rich history of stepping up for the Thunder and the hosts would love to see that. We are taking the extravagant step of backing the hosts for a win, at odds of $2.25 (CrownBet).

The presence of hard-hitters in the Thunder side makes them favourites to ping the boundaries more than their counterparts. Back them to score more four at odds of $2.10 (Sportsbet).

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