Series : Big Bash League 2018-19
Match- 41st match
Date: 24th January 2019,Thursday
Time: 7.40 PM Local Time
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
After the nail-biting match on the onset of the New Year, the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Thunder will meet again for the 41st game of the tournament. It was a 1-run victory for the Thunder when these two sides met each other earlier this season. Moreover, it was a similar situation when these team faced off each other on the instance before that. On that occasion too, the Thunder emerged victorious with just 3 runs differentiating both the teams.
After the 71-run win against the Adelaide Strikers in the 28th match, the Thunder haven’t found themselves on the better side of the result. So far in the season, they lost five out of ten games and desperately need a win to break into the top four. The situation of the Scorchers isn’t much different either. They are at the bottom of the table currently with just three wins in nine games and will hope to turn things around.
The Scorchers though, have got the psychological advantage as they lead the head to head battle 5-3. However, this isn’t a huge matter of concern for the Thunder as they managed to emerge triumphant in the last two nail-biting encounters. Both these teams have got their own positives and negatives. It all boils down to who deals with the negatives better in this even encounter. In our cricket tips It will be a close encounter.
Thunder have a bad news as Lenton has picked up an injury. But for Perth Marsh brothers are back. Although Willey has returned home and Agar is injured.
In the last five matches Perth have 3 losses against Thunder. In last few seasons Thunder is the team that has troubled them most.
Perth Scorchers- The Marsh brothers are back into the squad for the upcoming game. Shaun has been in tremendous form of late and will have a massive role in determining the team’s fortunes. Mitchell will take over the captaincy responsibility from Ashton Turner who can play with a lot more freedom. Also, Jason Behrendorff joining in will strengthen the bowling department.Our experts cricket tips is Aaron hardie might sit out.
Predicted XI: Cameron Bancroft, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh (C), Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Usman Qadir.
Sydney Thunder- Nathan McAndrew, Matt Gilkes, Baxter Holt are the three players added to the Thunder squad for the game against Perth. It will be one among Matt Gilkes and Baxter Holt who will take the field while Nathan McAndrew should warm the bench. The rest of the side looks similar to what it was in the previous game.
Predicted XI: Shane Watson (C), Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Matt Gilkes, Chris Jordan, Fawad Ahmed, Sam Rainbird, Gurinder Sandhu.
Ground and Conditions – The Optus Stadium in Perth is a place where the batsmen will enjoy batting. High scores was the obvious in the last few games. The average scores are high and there should be some pace and bounce for the bowlers. The temperatures aren’t really high for this match and the forecast is quite good. Dew will come into play. In our expert cricket tips the team batting second will have higher chance of winning. Average score here is 154.
Toss- Definitely a bowl first track. Also with dew in mind batting first wont be a good option. In last five matches team batting second has won 4 times.
Prediction- Perth Scorchers will be out and out favourite for this match. Their depth have been strengthened. Thunders will be jolted after the lalast match.