Two in-form teams who have momentum on their side square off in match 34 of the Big BashCricket Betting
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|Usman Khawaja||c: Inglis b: Richardson||26||12||4||1||216.67|
|Alex Hales||c: (Sub) b: Behrendorff||5||10||1||0||50.00|
|Callum Ferguson||c: Tye b: Behrendorff||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Sam Billings||b: Tye||83||48||8||4||172.92|
|Ben Cutting||c: Livingstone b: Tye||31||27||3||1||114.81|
|Nathan McAndrew||c: Livingstone b: Richardson||4||2||1||0||200.00|
|Chris Green||c: (Sub) b: Marsh||7||8||1||0||87.50|
|Adam Milne||c: Ahmed b: Richardson||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Brendan Doggett||b: Richardson||5||8||1||0||62.50|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 8.40)||168/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Usman Khawaja, 2.4), 3-45 (Alex Hales, 5.5), 2-30 (Callum Ferguson, 3.3), 8-162 (Sam Billings, 18.3), 5-129 (Ben Cutting, 14.4), 6-134 (Nathan McAndrew, 15.2), 7-155 (Chris Green, 17.4), 9-164 (Adam Milne, 19.2), 10-168 (Brendan Doggett, 19.6)|
|Jason Roy||c: Billings b: Doggett||14||10||2||0||140.00|
|Liam Livingstone||c: Billings b: Doggett||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Colin Munro||c: Billings b: Cutting||50||41||1||3||121.95|
|Josh Inglis||b: Doggett||20||18||3||0||111.11|
|Mitchell Marsh||c: Green b: Doggett||15||11||2||0||136.36|
|Ashton Turner||c: Sangha b: McAndrew||31||13||3||2||238.46|
|Aaron Hardie||not out||19||11||1||1||172.73|
|Jhye Richardson||not out||20||8||2||1||250.00|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 9.25)||185/6|
|Fall of wickets: 2-18 (Jason Roy, 2.6), 1-12 (Liam Livingstone, 2.1), 6-154 (Colin Munro, 17.4), 3-61 (Josh Inglis, 9.4), 4-86 (Mitchell Marsh, 12.3), 5-141 (Ashton Turner, 16.1)|
While Sydney Thunder have been consistent right throughout this tournament, Perth Scorchers are picking up pace and have built some really good momentum heading into the second half of the tournament.
Sydney Thunder are sitting pretty at the top of the table. From eight games, they have 22 points as they have won six and have earned a Bash Boost point in four games. Sydney Thunder’ batting has looked solid while the bowlers have been consistent and have constantly pegged away with wickets. They have three players who have scored in excess of 200 runs so far in this tournament and they have three bowlers who have picked up 10 or more wickets. Thus, it’s been an all-round show from the Sydney Thunder and a couple more wins will guarantee them a spot in the knockouts.
On the other hand, we have Perth Scorchers. The ‘Men in Orange’ didn’t have a great start to this season. In their first four games, they lost three (by significant margins) and had a no-result. However, they have turned things around beautifully and they have looked very good. They have won three games in a row and all three wins have been comprehensive ones. They have beaten Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets while they beat Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers by 80+ runs. Despite their good run in the recent past, Perth Scorchers are sixth on the points table but if they continue their winning run, they will shoot up quickly.
The head to head record between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder is neck and neck. Both teams have won six games each. Earlier this season, it was the Sydney Thunder who emerged victorious in a game that went to the final over.
Team news: Perth Scorchers
The Scorchers are likely to name an unchanged squad once again. They have no injury concerns in their camp.
Team news: Sydney Thunder
Pace-bowling all-rounder Daniel Sams was ruled out of the last game due to concussion. He may miss another game or two as the Thunder may not really rush him back into the side. The rest of the side is likely to remain the same.
Perth Scorchers: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
Sydney Thunder: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha
Alex Hales: Alex Hales has looked in ominous form in this tournament. He had a pretty indifferent start to this BBL season as he registered a couple of ducks in his first three innings. However, the England top-order batsman has picked up form and is striking the ball beautifully. Hales has had scores of 35, 71, 45, 46 and 21 (latest) in his last five innings and he is absolutely smashing them. His tournament strike-rate stands at 168.15 which is the second-highest for any player with more than 100 runs. Thus, Hales will once again be a key player for the Sydney Thunder who will hope the England opener continues to give them blistering starts.
Jhye Richardson: In a team that has quite a few power-packed and hard-hitting batsmen, Jhye Richardson has stood out and made everyone take notice. He has been around the white-ball scheme of things for Australia in the recent past but he has made some telling performances already in this ongoing BBL season. Richardson has gone wicketless just once so far and has returned with 13 wickets at an economy of 6.50. Moreover, he has a bowling average of 11.84 and a strike-rate of 10.9.