Sydney Thunder are set to cross swords with Perth Scorchers in the ongoing Big Bash League. Both teams have had a good start to the tournament, with Thunder being placed third and Scorchers topping the charts with 21 points. The teams will look to consolidate their position and hope to continue with the winning momentum.
The Thunder, though, were slightly jolted with the loss against Sydney Sixers. The Chris Green-led side floundered with the bat in a steep run chase 173 in 16 overs. With the ball in hand also they failed to close the innings well, as Jorden Silk and Daniel Christian plundered the Thunder bowlers. Overall, it was a rare bat day for the team.
Few of their big players like Daniel Sams, Alex Hales and Sam Billings have also not shown consistency. Matthew Gilkes has looked good with the bat. He lent solidarity at the top. Meanwhile, the Scorchers have not had any problems so far in the six matches that they have won. The team are also the only unbeaten team in the competition. They are oozing class with several players contributing to the win. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been the stand-out player with a bat in hand.
He has scored 249 runs and is singlehandedly winning games for the franchise. Meanwhile, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, and Ashton Agar have looked solid with the ball. The Scorchers are looking good in both departments of the game.
The match will be played at Manuka Oval in Canberra. The track is a sportive one and aids batters by coming along nicely. Spinners may get some purchase also. 151 is the average first innings core here.
Probable Playing XIs THU vs SCO:
Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Saqib Mahmood, Tanveer Sangha
Cameron Bancroft, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro, Ashton Turner (c), Laurie Evans, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou, Tymal Mills
Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers, Match 24
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Date & Time: December 28th at 1:45 PM IST