Date: 18 January 2023
Time: 2:10 PM IST
Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth
Live Scores: SportsTiger App
Table topper Perth Scorchers suffered their third defeat of the season as Sydney Sixers got the best out of them. The Scorchers lost the game by 6 runs but that made a little difference to their position in the points table. They are still at the top position with sixteen points from eleven games. Meanwhile, Hobart Hurricanes registered a second consecutive win as they beat Sydney Thunder on Sunday. Now, they will be up against a real tough opponent and thus, will be tested.
The pitch at Perth Stadium is known for its bounce and carry. Bowlers enjoy bowling on this wicket. But that does not mean the batters are out of the equation completely. They can ride on the bounce and accumulate runs by placing their shots rightly.
Perth Scorchers are living up to their reputation as defending champions as the Ashton Turner-led side is sitting atop the points table. The Scorchers have won eight out of eleven games played and they have all of their players to credit. While the likes of Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, and Stephen Eskinazi have been among the runs for the Scorchers, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, and Peter Hatzoglou have consistently performed with the ball. Captain Ashton Turner has also ensured contribution in both departments. Now, with lower-placed Hurricanes to face next, the Scorchers will back themselves to come good.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Perth Scorchers
Stephen Eskinazi, Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, David Payne, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou
Mattew Wade-led Hobart Hurricanes have done a decent job so far, winning five out of ten games played. But with only four games left in the league stage, the Hurricanes will need to win as many games as possible. They have registered consecutive wins in their last two games and will hope to outshine Perth Scorchers when they face them on Wednesday. But for that, every player in the squad will have to step up. The Hurricanes possess some good batting firepower with Caleb Jewell, Zak Crawley, Matthew Wade, and Tim David in the mix. Their bowling lineup also looks intact with Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Ellis, and Patrick Dooley among others.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Hobart Hurricanes
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade (c & wk), Zak Crawley, Tim David, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Tom Andrews, Patrick Dooley, Nathan Ellis, Riley Meredith
If Perth Scorchers bat: Score- 170-180; Scorchers Win
If Hobart Hurricanes bat: Score- 160-175; Scorchers Win
While both teams are almost on the same page in terms of the batting lineup, it’s Scorchers' bowling that gives them an edge over the Hurricanes. So, the defending champions are expected to win on Wednesday.
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