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There is nothing much to separate these two sides on paper since both Scorchers and Thunder have got the better of one another on seven occasions. However, given the former’s excellent run of form in this season, it will be fair to say that Perth Scorchers are the outright favorites to win this match.
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Perth Scorchers: Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Colin Munro, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff/Peter Hatzoglou, Tymal Mills, Lance Morris
Sydney Thunder: Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Green (c), Nathan McAndrew/Gurinder Sandhu, Mohammad Hasnain, Saqib Mahmood
Though the (Q) symbol is yet to be officially added beside their name in the points table, it will be a big surprise if Perth Scorchers fail to qualify for the playoffs of 2021/22 Big Bash League, given their current position and form.
The three-time champions have won eight of the nine matches they have played so far. After winning six matches on the trot, their Juggernaut was stopped in its tracks by Sydney Thunder, but they have done well to emerge victoriously in their previous two fixtures.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, did not have a particularly impressive start, as they could win only two of their first five matches. However, Chris Green’s boys have finally found their mojo and are coming into this match on the back of three consecutive victories.
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Perth Scorchers are missing two key players in Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis, who joined the national team to provide backup options in the ongoing Ashes. Hence, they are currently found wanting in terms of batting alternatives, but the Scorchers do have an option of tweaking their bowling unit. Leggie Peter Hatzoglou conceded 30 runs in his four overs against the Sixers without picking up any wicket and understandably, he might have to make room for Jason Behrendorff, should the management decide to field an extra pacer.
Sydney Thunder’s batting unit did a commendable job to score 172 runs in their previous outing against the Adelaide Strikers, which should see every batter retaining their place in the playing XI. However, like the Scorchers, Thunder too could opt for a bowling alternation. Gurinder Sandhu is not going through a good run of form and went wicketless in the last match, and could be replaced by Nathan McAndrew.
Colin Munro: If only he had been a bit more consistent, Colin Munro could have been one of the most intimidating T20 batters, for when he is on song, there is no stopping the Kiwi dynamo. He is currently the leading run-scorer for Perth Scorchers with 335 runs in nine matches. Munro has scored two half-centuries against Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades, while he also struck a ton against Adelaide Strikers.
Sam Billings: Like Perth, Sydney Thunder have had to rely on an overseas acquisition in Sam Billings to amass the bulk of the runs. The English wicket-keeper batter is currently topping the run-scoring charts for them, having accumulated 265 runs in eight innings. Billings has scored a couple of half-centuries – against Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat.
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|Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder, Match 38 – Information|
|Teams||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder|
|Location||Carrara Oval, Queensland|
|Time||Thursday, 6th January, 3:45 PM IST/10:15 AM GMT|
|How to watch||Sony Six, Sony Ten, Sony LIV, SuperSport (South Africa), Willow TV (USA and Canada), Fox Cricket (Australia), BT Sport (United Kingdom), beIN Sports (Middle East)|
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