The finals have arrived after almost two months of high-quality T20 cricket throughout the country. With only the best teams remaining in the hunt we are spoilt with one of the matches of the year here tonight at Manuka Oval.
The first-placed Sydney Sixers take on the second-placed Perth Scorchers in a match which looks to be a tight one on paper. The Sixers were the most consistent team all season while the Scorchers have been unbelievable in the back half of the tournament and look in dangerous form.
The head-to-head scoreline sits at 1-1 this season between these two sides and this looks to be anyone’s match for the taking tonight. The Scorchers will be counting on experienced batsmen in Jason Roy and Colin Munro to perform while the Sixers will be looking to skipper Moises Henriques and T20 international Sean Abbott to lead from the front.
There is no doubting the quality across both these sides but The Wolf is going to stick with the team in form and roll with the Scorchers on top. Perth have been flying in the back half of the tournament thanks to some incredible big-hitting throughout their top order as well as some clinical bowling performances each match.
The Sixers have mixed their form coming into this and have been showing that they are susceptible to some poor performances across the team. The key with the Scorchers is the ability for all their players to chip in where needed, especially when one of their big-name players falls cheaply or performs poorly with the ball. There have been many matches their middle order have saved the team and it’s this ability to fight back which mkes them such a dangerous T20 side.
History is also on the Scorchers side, holding an 11-7 overall record against the men in magenta while also winning the last three finals matches against the Sixers. The experience of Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mitch Marsh and Andrew Tye will be crucial to this Perth side’s chances and I think it will be up to these guys to stand up in the biggest match of the Scorcher’s season.
Jason Roy can’t be underestimated in a big match. Roy is no stranger to lighting it up on the big stage and will be looking to continue his hot run of form. The Englishman comes into this match off the back scores of 20, 54 and 41 which shows he is in some good touch at the right time of the season.
The Englishman has been a massive reason for the resurgence of the Scorchers this season and he won’t want that to end here. He is a world-class batsman and only needs to see out the early overs to cash in for a big score.
You just get the feeling that Roy is due for a massive score after we’ve seen a few big ones posted in recent weeks. He has got off to many starts throughout the competition but is yet to post a big one. A night like tonight sets up perfectly for one of the biggest hitters in the comp.
Another Big Bash season is in the books and it’s been business as usual for the Sydney wicket-keeper. He once again performed out of his skin with the bat and made bowlers pay on a nightly basis. He tallied the second-most runs in the whole tournament with a massive 454 and was a massive reason for the success of his side throughout the regular home and away season.
Philippe is no stranger to performing in finals either. He has top scored for the match in the last three finals which the Sixers have played in and he is in as good a form now as he was in previous seasons. He comes into this match after belting 84 from 52 balls the last time he played against the Scorchers, something which will be fresh in both his mind and the Scorchers’ bowlers.
In the big games, you need your big guns to stand up and The Wolf is keen to be with Philippe as he looks to cement himself as one of the best T20 cricketers in the country.
Same Game Multi
Leg 1: Scorchers H2H
Leg 2: Roy 20+
Leg 3: Philippe 20+