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Perth Scorchers will lock horns against Sydney Thunder in the 29th match of the Big Bash League 2022-23 at Perth Stadium on Wednesday (January 4). The Scorchers continue their good run this season with a five-wicket win over Melbourne Renegades in a last-over thriller in their last match. The star pacer Andrew Tye took three wickets and then in-form wicketkeeper batter Josh Inglish smashed 47 off 34 to help the Scorchers chase the target with two balls to spare.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder beat Hobart Hurricanes in their last match by 62 runs and jumped to the second position in the league table. Alex Hales scored 77 off 45 and Oliver Davies smashed 65 off 32 to help the Thunder score 228/6 runs while batting first. Later, Brendon Doggett took four wickets to bowl out the Hurricanes on just 166 runs in 17 overs.
Sydney Thunder have won four of their last five matches against the Scorchers but considering the current form, the latter are favorites to win this match.
Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth
Date & Time: January 4, 03:45 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network, SonyLiv App
The pitch at Perth Stadium has a balanced surface with an average first innings score of 139 runs. Pacers are likely to get some help with a new ball in the powerplay overs but the batters are likely to dominate the rest of the game.
Probable Playing XIs for SCO vs THU:
Faf du Plessis, Adam Lyth, Cameron Bancroft, Josh Inglish (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Nick Hobson, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou.
Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Brendan Doggett, Usman Qadir.
Probable Best Performers from SCO vs THU:
Probable best batter: Josh Inglish
The in-form Australian wicketkeeper-batter smashed 47 off 34 against Melbourne Renegades in the last match. Inglish has been in sensational form lately and has scored 234 runs from just six innings at an average of 46.80 and a strike rate of 156.00 in BBL 2022-23.
Probable best bowler: Jhye Richardson
While playing at Perth Stadium against Melbourne Stars, Jhye Richardson took four wickets. He grabbed a valuable wicket of Martin Guptill against the Renegades in the last match and is the joint-highest leading wicket-taker for the Scorchers, with 13 wickets from six innings at an economy rate of 6.29 so far.
Today’s Match Prediction: Perth Scorchers to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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