The long-awaited BBL final is here, After months-long battles of grit and strength. Two teams stand tall, The two most successful teams of this year’s edition. The Sydney Sixers took on the Perth scorchers on the 6th of February at the Sydney Cricket Ground. These two teams will be meeting for the fourth time this season, and if the last 3 matches are any indicator. This looks like to be a real battle of the heavyweights.
The Sixers finished on top of the table this season, while scorchers weren’t far behind second to none. And so the top two teams meet for the first qualifier where the sixers thumped their way to the finals. The second qualifier between the Brisbane Heat and the scorchers was pretty much a one-sided affair in a rain-affected match setting up themselves for a place in the finals.
The first time these two teams meet each other, Andrew Tye proved the difference as some good performance with the bat by the Scorchers and scintillating bowling from Andrew skittled out the sixers for a massive 86 run victory. Josh Phillipe made sure to return the favor the next time these two sides meet, hitting a 52 ball 84 in chasing down the total the scorchers had set for them.
Only four points separated the 1st placed Sixers and the 2nd placed scorchers. Traditionally the two heavyweights of this competition, So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that these two teams are here again to battle it out for the trophy. The 1st Qualifiers, Sixers claimed the bragging rights by winning the match by 9 wickets, giving them a mental advantage heading into these finals
Will Perth Scorchers win their 4th title? Or will the Sixers retain to make it back to back championships?
Match Toss Time: 19:10 Local (13:40 IST)
Match Start Time: 19:40 Local (14:10 IST)
Match Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
This would be the first BBL game of this edition played in the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The weather reported for the day is partly cloudy with the temperature hovering around the region of 23 degrees Celsius and humidity at its peak is likely to touch the 77% mark.
The pitch in SCG looks a very good batting pitch, with the team winning the toss should be looking to chase. Runs anywhere in the region of 170-180 looks like a good score on this pitch. There won't be anything for the spinners as the strip is expected to be flat but the pacers could get some assistance from the pitch due to the presence of grass.
The scorchers do look settled in all their departments and also be hoping to have the services of Roy. The Sixers did outplay them in the Qualifier, But now they have one more chance to right their wrongs. Jhye Richardson is having a good season being the highest wicket-taker in this edition of BBL and will be looking to further increase that count.
James Vince looks to be getting in-form at the right time just 2 runs shy of a century in the last match they played, That too against the scorchers. He should be looking to repeat the trick, With also Josh Philippe having a good season with the bat being the highest run-getter for the sixers.
Probable Playing Xl
Sydney Sixers (SIX): Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve OKeefe, Jackson Bird
Perth Scorchers (SCO): Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
SIX vs SCO Fantasy Team
J Philippe, C Bancroft, M Henriques, J Vince, D Christian, L Livingstone, J Behendroff, J Richardson, S Abbott, B Dwarshuis
Captain: Josh Philippe (SIX), James Vince (SIX)
Vice-captain: Liam Livingstone (SCO), M Henriques (SIX)
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