BBL07: Game 25 – Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers

Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers

Thursday January 11 – 7:40pm ADST

The Sydney Thunder will be hoping to strengthen their semi-final claims by knocking over competition heavyweights Perth Scorchers at Spotless Stadium on Thursday.


Sydney Thunder

The Thunder slumped to their fourth loss in six games as they were comfortably accounted for by the Adelaide Strikers last Sunday. Another commanding spell from leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed (3/31 off four overs) was not enough to stop the Strikers racking up a competitive 7/158, with Kiwi import Mitchell McClenaghan (0/38 off four overs) leaking runs at an uncharacteristically lofty rate. However where the Thunder have really struggled this season is with the bat and that continued with no individual batsmen reaching 30 as they could only manage 9/133 in reply, although in their favour is that Usman Khawaja returns from test duty for this match-up.

Perth Scorchers

Meanwhile the Scorchers continued to roll along despite once again conceding a sizeable total with the Melbourne Renegades amassing 3/185 at the WACA in what was a tough evening for young quick Jhye Richardson (0/55 off four overs). However Perth showed that they are not over-reliant on their bowling attack as they chased down the target with one ball to spare thanks to an opening onslaught from David Willey (55 off 41 balls) and a sensational innings from Ashton Turner who smacked 70 off just 32 balls. The Scorchers will also retain the services of their test players, however they may face a tough time trying to dislodge Khawaja who is coming off a century in the fifth test and has a phenomenal record in this competition.

Key Stats

  • Usman Khawaja has top-scored in seven of his past eight matches for the Thunder.
  • In those past eight matches Khawaja has scored 507 runs at an average of 101.40 and strike-rate of 145.69.
  • The Scorchers have won five out of six matches against the Thunder.

Betting Strategy

BACK Usman Khawaja Top Sydney Thunder Batsman at 3.50 or bigger for 1 unit.


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