Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers: Thursday 7:40pm AEDT at Spotless Stadium, Sydney
The Sydney Thunder will play an important game against the Perth Scorchers who are back atop the league table after beating the Melbourne Renegades in their last game. Thunder have had a rough time in this BBL and been inconsistent while the Perth Scorchers have been defying convention and continuing to win with most of their frontline batsmen missing.
|Thunder v Scorchers||Recommended Bets|
|Winner||Perth Scorchers WIN ($1.73)|
|Top Thunder Batsman||Shane Watson ($3.70)|
|Top Scorchers Batsman||Michael Klinger ($3.70)|
|Top Thunder Bowler||Fawad Ahmed ($4.40)|
|Top Scorchers Bowler||Andrew Tye ($3.20)|
The Thunder lost chasing a score of 158 in their last match against the Strikers and that is something that would have hurt them. They continued to make the same mistakes and just cannot seem to compete without Buttler or Watson contributing heavily.
They will no longer have the services of Jos Buttler who will be leaving for international duty and be replaced by Joe Denly. Joe is a good player who has been scoring runs in the English county circuit and was the top scorer of the NatWest T20 Blast but he is not in the same league as Buttler.
A big addition to their team will be the returning Usman Khawaja who just scored a brilliant 171 in the last test for Australia. Thunder fans will be hoping for some Khawaja magic like the kinds they witnessed a few years ago but that could be asking for a bit too much.
Thunder will depend even more heavily on Shane Watson, who has done remarkably well and is currently the third highest run-getter in the tournament.
Watson will want his bowlers to continue performing like they have been and somehow hope to find the runs against the Scorchers. The spin trio of Fawad Ahmed, Chris Green, and Arjun Nair will be backed up by Mitchell McClenaghan as the group tries to bundle out a relatively weak Perth Scorchers batting.
The Scorchers fans make take some offense to the Wolf calling out their batting right after they chased down 185 in their last match. It was a fantastic run-chase that seemed to be beyond them after losing some quick wickets but Ashton Turner played a brilliant inning of 70 from 32 balls and a couple of other players contributed with some cameos to bring the Scorchers home.
This is an extremely high-risk strategy that is continuing to pay off for the Scorchers. They will now be up against an excellent bowling side in the Sydney Thunder and one of the weakest batting sides in the entire competition.
The Scorchers bowlers, led by Andrew Tye, will be lining to take a shot at the Thunder batsmen to try and improve their stats.
The Scorchers hold a 5-1 advantage over the Thunder in historical matchups. Only one of those matches has been played at the Sydney Showground Stadium which the Scorchers won.
The odds being offered for a Thunder win are quite tempting but the Wolf does not like their chances as underdogs also. The Scorchers may have a relatively weak batting order but it is still performing better than the Thunder unit. Usman Khawaja will help balance things for the Thunder but the Wolf would like to see him in a match before jumping to conclusions about his T20 form. The bowling for both teams is strong but if the Wolf were to pick one then it would again be the Scorchers. Stick with favorites.
Top Sydney Thunder Batsman
There is just one name that comes to mind when thinking about the Thunder batting. Shane Watson has 236 runs from 6 innings and has hit a team-high total of 23 fours and 10 sixes. With Buttler no longer a part of the team, the next best in the Thunder unit is Patterson with 168 runs. Having Khawaja around will take some pressure of Watson and the Wolf likes his matchup against Ashton Agar as well.
Top Perth Scorchers Batsman
Michael Klinger is an excellent batsman against spin. He scored plenty of runs in the Bangladesh Premier League just before this tournament and will fancy himself against the Thunder trio. He is also due for some runs after missing out in the last couple of matches. The Wolf thinks that a player of Klinger’s class is unlikely to miss out for too long.
Top Sydney Thunder Bowler
Fawad Ahmed is the joint highest wicket-taker in the Sydney Thunder lineup and is also the most economical bowler, going for just 6.16 runs per over. He will get some purchase from the pitch like he has in previous matches and will fancy his chances against the likes of Cartwright and Turner. The Scorchers may push up Agar to counter him early but the Wolf thins Ahmed is good enough to handle that.
Top Perth Scorchers Bowler
With 16 wickets to his name, the most in the entire league and more than double the next best in his team, Andrew Tye is an easy pick for this one. He is the favorite and has the lowest odds but that does not mean he will stop picking wickets. Tye bowls primarily in the death overs and has been using his mix of slower deliveries to great effect.