It’s been a season like no other and one which players, fans and all cricketing lovers alike will never forget. After a monster 56 home and away games across almost two months, we are down to our final five teams and are set for an absolute belter of a finals match here tonight.
We are lucky enough to see a top of the table clash here as the 1st placed Sydney Sixers will take on the 2nd placed Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval. This match will see the best all-round side throughout the competition in the Sydney Sixers take on the form team of BBL10 in the Perth Scorchers.
The Scorchers have been on an incredible late-season run and their performances across the last half of the competition saw them shoot all the way up the ladder and into contention to take out the title. The Sixers hot start to the season saw them shoot well clear at the top of the table and while they come into this off the back of a little form slump, have been the best team consistently all year.
Manuka Oval, Canberra, Saturday 30th January - 7:15pm AEDT
Sixers Squad: Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Steve OKeefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince, Carlos Brathwaite, Mitchell Starc, Justin Avendano, Jason Holder, Nicholas Bertus, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Thomas Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Jake Ball
Scorchers Squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Jason Roy, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Agar, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Gannon, Jason Behrendorff, Matthew Kelly, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Colin Munro, Joe Clarke, Liam Guthrie, Corey Rocchiccioli
Interestingly, these two sides met twice across the regular home and away season with the scoreline sitting at 1-1. The Scorchers cruised to a comfortable 86-run victory in their first meeting while the Sixers coasted to an easy 7-wicket win a couple of weeks later.
So this season’s performances show there isn’t much between these teams. To emphasise that point, these two sides also come into this match in very similar form, with both winning 3 of their last 5 matches coming into the finals. Both teams produced some poor performances in the lead up and this is going to be a tough one to assess.
I am going to side with the men from the West in this match as the Scorchers have been in all-round great form in the last month of the competition. In comparison, the Sixers have peated out a little bit since their strong start to the season and I really like the fact that Perth are peaking at the right time. Their lineup is world-class with some of the best T20 batsmen and bowlers at their disposal.
The experience of Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mitch Marsh and Andrew Tye will be crucial to this Perth side’s chances and I think it will be up to these guys to stand up in the biggest match of the Scorcher’s season. Combine this with young-gun Jhye Richardson, who absolutely blitzed the bowling charts this season with a massive 27 wickets, and the Scorchers team has fire-power wherever you look.
Perth also hold an 11-7 winning record over the Sixers so it is clear they enjoy coming up against the men in magenta. The Scorchers also have a great record in the BBL finals and have many players who have been in this position before. With the quality of batsmen at the top of the order coming up against a sometimes inconsistent Sixers bowling lineup, this match looks Perth’s to lose.
I’ve mentioned the importance of experienced players in a big finals match so I am keen to base my prop picks around that thinking. With that being said, I am going to focus in on Sixers’ bowling all-round Sean Abbott. Abbott has been out of the side for most of the season on international duty but now finds himself as a key component in the Sixers side.
He is one of the best T20 bowlers in the competition and is a genuine wicket-taker. While he has only played the two matches in BBL10, he’s collected two wickets on each occasion and looks to be bowling with confidence. We know Abbott is a quality performer on the BBL stage and will be keen to perform for his side after being out of the XI for the majority of the tournament.
There is no doubting the wicket-taking ability that Abbott has and he especially enjoys coming up against the side he faces here tonight. The last time he played against the Scorchers he led the Sixers’ bowlers with 3-30 off 4 overs. If we can see a similar performance from him here, we will be in with a great chance of landing our bet.
The Scorchers batsmen have been on fire in recent times and have shared around the load for the majority of the season. Unlike many other sides, there hasn’t been a true standout with the bat in hand with everyone chipping in when needed.
With that being said, Jason Roy can’t be underestimated in a big match. Roy is no stranger to lighting it up on the big stage and will be looking to continue his hot run of form. The Englishman comes into this match off the back scores of 20, 54 and 41 which shows he is in some good touch at the right time of the season.
In a match where the opening partnerships are goung to be crucial, Roy can get his side off to a flyer and set the match up or chase the runs down, depending on the situation. I think we need to jump on the Roy train while he is hot and he looks a solid bet at the price on offer.
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