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7th-placed Perth Scorchers takes on table-toppers, Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League 2020 (BBL 2020).

Perth won their last match by 96 runs against Melbourne Renegades. Sydney won their previous game by 7 wickets against Adelaide Strikers.

Head to Head

Matches Played- 16, Scorchers- 10, Sixers- 6

Team News 

Perth's batting unit is in good nick with the likes of Jason Roy and Josh Inglis plundering the runs. Colin Munro was impressive in the last game as he scored a half-century. All their bowlers took wickets in the last game. 

Sydney chased down a total of 151 comfortably led by James Vince's 45 and Josh Philippe's 41. Lloyd Pope maintained a tight leash with the ball conceding only 15 runs in three overs.

Pitch and Conditions 

Only 1 match has been played in Perth so far with the side batting first winning the game. A total above 180 is a par score. The pacers can expect a lot of bounce during the start of the innings. Clear weather is expected to prevail during the match without any chance of rain.

Probable Playing XI

Perth Scorchers (PRS): Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis (wk), Colin Munro, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed

Sydney Sixers (SYS): Josh Phillipe (wk), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshius, Ben Manenti, Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope

Key Battles

Jason Roy (PRS) vs Ben Manenti (SYS)

Jason Roy Ben Manenti BBL
Jason Roy (PRS) vs Ben Manenti (SYS)

Opening the batting, Roy hit a sedate 27 runs off 32 balls against Melbourne. The hard-hitter can clear the boundaries with ease. He is an experienced T20 player who can play a range of shots all across the park when he is in full flow.

Manenti took 1 wicket and gave away 29 runs in his four-over quota. The right-arm offie primarily bowls in the powerplay and can trouble batsmen with his clever variations and change of pace. He does not give away many run

Fawad Ahmed (PRS) vs James Vince (SYS)

Fawad Ahmed James Vince BBL
Fawad Ahmed (PRS) vs James Vince (SYS)

Vince hit 45 runs in the last game. He plays his shots on both sides of the wicket. He has immense T20 experience having featured in various leagues for franchises across the world. He is a vital cog playing at the crucial number 3 position.

Ahmed took wickets and conceded only 5 runs in the previous match. The Pakistan-born leggie has a lot of clever variations up his sleeve. He can effectively control the run flow in the middle overs. He has been an integral part of Melbourne ever since he made his debut in 2013. 

Prediction 

A win for Perth could see them move up to the sixth spot. Sydney will aim to consolidate their place at the top by coming up with another victory. The race for the playoffs is slowly heating up and sides cannot afford to make too many mistakes in their game plan.

Cricwizz predicts Perth Scorchers to win the match