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Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Preview: Hosts will look to continue impressive Perth record
- Perth Scorchers will host Sydney Thunder in Match #34 of BBL 10
- This match will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth
- Perth Scorchers have won 4 of their 6 home matches against Sydney Thunder including one here last year
- Perth Scorchers have won their last 3 matches including 2 at this venue
The Scorchers are a different team at home and will hope to continue that strong record (Getty Images)
Two teams at the top of their form – Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers – will meet in this match #34 of the Big Bash League 2019-20 at the Optus Stadium in Perth.
Perth Scorchers are 7th in the standings with 13 points from seven matches which included two ‘Bash Boost’ points. Sydney Thunder are top of the standings with 22 points from eight matches which included four ‘Bash Boost’ points.
Perth Scorchers Form
After starting the season with no wins in the first four matches, the Scorchers sprung to life with three straight wins. The manner of wins is especially important – seven wickets, 96 runs, and 86 runs – as the Scorchers try to mount a run into the top-half of the table.
Mitchell Marsh (172 runs) and Josh Inglis (172) have been consistent for the Scorchers, while Colin Munro (SR 133.57) remains the blaster at the top. Jhye Richardson’s renaissance with the ball (13 wickets, ER 6.50) has been matched by Fawad Ahmed’s support (six wickets, ER 6.85).
Perth Scorchers News
Sam Whiteman’s omission is the sole change to the Scorchers side, who will otherwise have a full squad to choose from.
Sydney Thunder Form
Sydney Thunder are the ‘form team’ of the competition winning six of their last seven matches. They have been very impressive with the bat as three players have already scored 200+ runs – Callum Ferguson (244), Alex Hales (264), and Usman Khawaja (213).
Tanveer Sangha’s emergence in this year's competition (15 wickets, ER 7.22) has been the major talking point, while Nathan McAndrew (10 wickets) and Chris Green (12) have also been amongst the wickets.
Sydney Thunder News
Allrounder Daniel Sams has been ruled out once again as a result of the concussion he suffered against the Heat in Brisbane. Alex Ross returned from an injury last match after missing five in a row and should once again be available for selection.
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Head-to-Head
The overall record is tied 6-6, but the Thunder have won five of their last six matches against the Scorchers.
When the sides last met at the Manuka Oval in the reverse match, the Thunder won by seven matches chasing 152 with ease. Mitchell Marsh (52) propped the Scorchers to 152/5, but Callum Ferguson (61*) anchored the chase with ease.
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Match Up
Sydney Thunder have a well-balanced side considered to the Perth Scorchers although both sides are coming off an impressive sequence of wins. The Thunder will miss Daniel Sams in Perth as his extra pace would have been useful.
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Stats
- Perth Scorchers have won 4 of their 6 home matches against Sydney Thunder including one here last season.
- Perth Scorchers have won their last 3 matches including 2 at this venue.
- Sydney Thunder have won four ‘Bash Boost’ points in eight matches this season.
- Sydney Thunder have scored 6.88 sixes per match, while Perth Scorchers have conceded a league-low 2.71 sixers per match.
Sydney Thunder have been the best side of the tournament so far notching up wins of all magnitudes. After losing to the Stars in their tournament opener, only the red-hot Heat were able to defeat them. However, Perth Scorchers are in scorching form at home notching up two heavy wins at this venue. It could be home comforts for the Scorchers that could make a difference in the final analysis. Whatever is the result, look out for the six-hitting Thunder to steal a march over their opponents.