Perth Scorchers face a crucial game when the BBL’s bottom side return to Optus Stadium to take on the Sydney Sixers on Sunday.
The Scorchers have just four points so far (W2, L5) and have not looked like the Perth side that has never missed the playoffs in BBL history. But they did score an impressive win over the Stars last time.
The Sixers’ W4, L3 record include victory over the Scorchers in December, and they are hovering in the top-half.
Head to Head
Sydney Sixers won by 17 runs at the SCG earlier this season. It was a rare win for the Sixers, who had lost nine of the previous 10 meetings.
Scorchers have won nine of the last 11 H2H matches.
Scorchers have a 5-2 record against the Sixers in January.
The home side has won six of the last seven H2H fixtures.
Sixers have won eight of their last 11 BBL matches.
Ashton Turner (240 runs) has picked up form at the right time for the Scorchers, and is a welcome addition having been released from ODI duty with Australia. Bowlers Jason Behrendorff (eight wickets) and Jhye Richardson (seven wickets) are on national duty though.
That leaves the Scorchers light on personnel, with Cameron Bancroft (104 runs) becoming more vital than ever. Andrew Tye (eight wickets) turned up impressively in the last match which is another positive for the struggling Scorchers.
The Sixers are one of the least affected Big Bash teams when it comes to national duty. Joe Denly (137 runs) has linked up with England, but his replacement James Vince is a solid replacement. Jordan Silk (194 runs) and Daniel Hughes (188 runs) remain vital for the Sixers.
Tom Curran (11 wickets) and Steve O’Keefe (13 wickets) remain key with the ball, while the form of Steve Abbott (ten wickets) gives the Sixers a solid bowling attack.
The Scorchers traditionally coped well with international call-ups, but how will this year be after the early-season strugglers. The Sixers have been impressive which points to an interesting match.
Prediction: Sixers to score more sixes ($1.91 MadBookie)