Sydney Thunder
Perth Scorchers

Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers, 24th Match BBL 2021/22

28 Dec 2021, Manuka Oval, Big Bash League 11
Sydney Thunder win by 34 runs
Home TeamSydney Thunder
Away TeamPerth Scorchers
SeriesBig Bash League 11
UmpiresDavid Taylor
Greg Davidson
Andrew Crozier
Match RefereeStephen Bernard

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Match Prediction – Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers, 24th Match BBL 2021/22

Sydney Thunder will be up against Perth Scorchers in the 24th match of the Big Bash League 2021. Both teams are in the top half of the table and Perth Scorchers will look to keep their unbeaten streak intact.

Sydney Thunder have had a topsy-turvy BBL11 campaign so far. Consecutive losses to Melbourne Stars have been sandwiched between two spectacular wins against Brisbane Heat. However, that was followed up by an embarrassing loss to defending champions Syndey Sixers.

Even though the bowling unit did moderately well to restrict Sixers to a score of 168/4 in a rain-interrupted encounter, the batting unit fell flat once again. With the exception of Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams, nobody managed to get going and they ended up getting bowled out for 142 runs. Thunder are third in the table with two wins and three losses. They have a net run rate of +0.172.

Perth Scorchers have been no less than a juggernaut in the Big Bash League this season. They’ve blown away any and every opposition in their path and after six matches, they are yet to be beaten. More than the victories, it is the manner in which Scorchers have completely outplayed their opponents that suggests that they are among the favourites for the title this season.

They’ve defeated Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades twice, Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Strikers and are comfortably sitting on top of the table with 17 points and a tremendous Net Run Rate of +1.673 – the best in the league.

As far as the head-to-head record is concerned, Perth Scorchers just edge Sydney Thunder with seven wins to six. Sydney Thunder have also been more successful in recent matches with three victories in the last five games.

Head-to-head record

Wins: Sydney Thunder 6, Perth Scorchers 7

Last 5 matches: Sydney Thunder 3, Perth Scorchers 2

Who will win today’s match?

Perth Scorchers are the overwhelming favourites for this match. They’ve been on a different level compared to any other team in the league and have discovered a wonderful winning rhythm. They wouldn’t want to drop the streak against Sydney Thunder.

Sydney Thunder have added yet another speed merchant to their squad with the signing of young Pakistan pacer bowler Muhammad Hasnain. Hasnain became the youngest player to take a T20I hattrick at the age of 19 and he’s also bowled at an express speed of 155.1 kmph in the Caribbean Premier League. Hasnain is yet to make an appearance in BBL this season.

Lance Morris was included in the Perth Scorchers extended squad for the trip to Melbourne. He might retain his place in the squad even though he didn’t make an appearance.

Perth Scorchers look like the most balanced team in the Big Bash League this season. Their openers, top order, middle order, pace bowling and spin bowling unit look to be in sync and have gotten the job done. Mitchell Marsh has been playing like a man possessed and he’s become the most in-form match-winner in the league.

The disappointing performances of openers Matthew Gilkes and Alex Hales has affected Sydney Thunder’s morale at the top of the order this season.

Game changers for Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, 24th Match BBL

As far as Sydney Thunder are concerned, plenty will depend on young gun Sam Billings. Billings is capable of the pyrotechnics in the middle order but lack of support has prevented him from getting longer innings.

All eyes will be on Perth Scorchers’ talisman Mitchell Marsh who is going through a beautiful purple patch in his career. Everything Mitch Marsh touches, turns to gold and he proved to be the match-winner in the previous match against Melbourne Renegades as well.

Who will be the best match bowler?

Ashton Agar has done a phenomenal job for Perth Scorchers. He’s the joint highest wicket-taker in the league this season and has collected 10 wickets in five games already. Agar also has an economy rate of 7.08 and has been instrumental in taking charge of the game in the middle overs.

Who will win today’s man of the match?

Mitchell Marsh is likely to be the man of the match here as well. He has been in top form with both the bat as well as the ball. Marsh doesn’t look like he’s about to stop soon and it won’t be surprising to see him pick up the man of the match award here too.

Who will be the best batsman for Sydney Thunder?

Sam Billings is the second highest run-scorer for Sydney Thunder in BBL11. He has accumulated 169 runs at a strike rate of 142.01. Billings has smashed 12 fours and nine sixes in the competition already.

Who will be the best batsman for Sydney Sixers?

Despite missing two matches due to Australia A duty, Mitchell Marsh has already climbed to second position in the Big Bash League top-scorers’ chart. He has collected 249 runs in four games at a mind-blowing average of 124.50. Marsh has not only played long knocks, but he’s also been able to finish games for his side. He has a strike rate of 149.10.

Match Scorecard

  • Scorecard
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Matthew Gilkes caught(sub) b Matthew Kelly 2 3 0 0 66.67
    Alex Hales b Matthew Kelly 13 11 1 1 118.18
    Jason Sangha not out 56 46 5 0 121.74
    Sam Billings c Josh Inglis b Andrew Tye 67 35 10 2 191.43
    Alex Ross b Mitchell Marsh 6 6 1 0 100
    Daniel Sams lbw Mitchell Marsh 10 4 1 1 250
    Ben Cutting c Ashton Agar b Jason Behrendorff 10 6 2 0 166.67
    Nathan McAndrew b Matthew Kelly 6 5 1 0 120
    Chris Green not out 14 6 2 0 233.33
    Total (20 Ov, RR: 10) 200/7
    Jason Behrendorff 4 0 34 1 8.5 2 0
    Matthew Kelly 4 0 30 3 7.5 0 0
    Ashton Agar 4 0 35 0 8.75 1 0
    Andrew Tye 1 0 26 1 26 1 2
    Peter Hatzoglou 1 0 3 0 3 1 0
    Mitchell Marsh 4 0 50 2 12.5 1 0
    Lance Morris 1 0 16 0 16 1 0
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Kurtis Patterson c Chris Green b Nathan McAndrew 10 12 0 1 83.33
    Josh Inglis b Saqib Mahmood 0 1 0 0 0
    Mitchell Marsh c Matthew Gilkes b Nathan McAndrew 6 10 1 0 60
    Colin Munro not out 64 43 6 0 148.84
    Ashton Turner b Nathan McAndrew 13 10 0 1 130
    Laurie Evans c Nathan McAndrew b Saqib Mahmood 12 10 0 1 120
    Ashton Agar b Daniel Sams 5 5 1 0 100
    Andrew Tye c Alex Hales b Chris Green 44 25 3 3 176
    Matthew Kelly c Jason Sangha b Chris Green 1 2 0 0 50
    Jason Behrendorff not out 2 2 0 0 100
    Total (20 Ov, RR: 8.3) 166/8
    Saqib Mahmood 4 0 29 2 7.25 0 0
    Daniel Sams 4 0 30 1 7.5 2 0
    Nathan McAndrew 4 0 40 3 10 2 0
    Chris Green 4 0 29 2 7.25 1 0
    Tanveer Sangha 3 0 25 0 8.33 1 0
    Ben Cutting 1 0 10 0 10 0 0
  • Match Details
  • Home TeamSydney Thunder
    Away TeamPerth Scorchers
    SeriesBig Bash League 11
    UmpiresDavid Taylor
    Greg Davidson
    Andrew Crozier
    Match RefereeStephen Bernard

Team Lineup

Sydney Thunder Perth Scorchers
Matthew Gilkes
Alex Hales
Jason Sangha
Sam Billings
Alex Ross
Daniel Sams
Ben Cutting
Nathan McAndrew
Chris Green
Saqib Mahmood
Tanveer Sangha
Josh Inglis
Kurtis Patterson
Mitchell Marsh
Colin Munro
Ashton Turner
Laurie Evans
Ashton Agar
Andrew Tye
Matthew Kelly
Jason Behrendorff
Peter Hatzoglou
Lance Morris

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