Date: 13 January 2023
Time : 1 PM IST
Venue : Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
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Perth Scorchers have continued their dominant run from last season, winning seven games out of nine played. The Ashton Turner-led team beat Brisbane Heat to go to the top of the points table. Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder’s four-match winning streak ended in their last game when they lost the Sydney derby. Although the Thunder have won five games out of nine played, they need to be consistent from here on. With Scorchers pitted against them, it is to be seen how the Thunder bounce back from the defeat.
The pitch at Sydney Cricket Ground tends to be on the slower side with spinners getting some assistance, later in the innings. Meanwhile, batters can utilize the assistance they get early on from the wicket.
Sydney Thunder lost their winning momentum in their last game, against Sydney Sixers. Their batters failed to put on partnerships and resultantly they ended with a below-par score. Alex Hales and Oliver Davies were dismissed for ducks and Thunder could not burst the bubble after that. Sam Whiteman, Alex Ross, and Ben Cutting tried to propel the team to a good score but were always short of partners. Meanwhile, with not enough runs in the bank, the Thunder bowlers could not do enough as Sixers chased the target with 22 balls to spare. Now, the Thunder have a tough opponent in Perth Scorchers for their next game.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Sydney Thunder
Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Hales, Sam Whiteman, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Brendan Doggett, Usman Qadir
Perth Scorchers have played like defending champions and will hope to carry the same momentum in their next game against Sydney Thunder. The Scorchers rode on brilliance from Aaron Hardie and Josh Inglis to chase down a good target set by Brisbane Heat. Both Hardie and Inglis scored half-centuries to help the Scorchers score 157 runs in just 16.2 overs. Meanwhile, with the ball Jason Behrendorff and Matthew Kelly ensured the Heat don’t go all bonkers. The pair shared five wickets among themselves. While Behrendorff bagged three wickets, Kelly got two.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Perth Scorchers
Cameron Bancroft, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Ashton Agar, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou
Perth Scorchers have the desired momentum and the team to beat Sydney Thunder. The Thunder, meanwhile, will be under the pump after losing their last game. So, the Scorchers are expected to win on Friday.
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