scorchers vs strikers
  • Matthew Kelly (Perth Scorchers) returned figures of 4 for 28 on Wednesday
  • Strikers have won 4 out of the last 5 games between the two teams
  • Scorcher host their second game in 3 days

Venue Perth Stadium
Time 6.30 PM
Weather Partly cloudy with southerly winds 15-20 km/h during the evening, 17 – 25 C

The Perth Stadium wicket is fair to both bat and ball and there are plenty of runs scored behind the wicket while the outfield is unusually fast. The drop-in pitch doesn’t have the same intimidation factor for the batters as the old WACA ground but I would still rate the home ground advantage for the Scorchers at 10% and this looks like a tough away game for the Strikers.

More importantly the Scorchers look to be in good form and it was refreshing to see a relatively unknown player such as Matthew Kelly take 4 wickets on Wednesday. The Strikers know that they have a decent chance but their middle-order batters need to find some runs because only two of them posted double figures in their last game and their tail enders were asked to do too much. It will be good to win the toss and bat first here.

Perth Scorchers to win by 20 runs or 2 wickets.

Perth Scorchers

The schedule sets them up nicely for this game because they know exactly how this wicket will play having won on it on Wednesday. Kurtis Patterson scored 55 off 30 balls and he’s an unheralded player who can be dangerous against a middle ranking team such as the Strikers. Matthew Kelly also starred with the ball and he’s another player that just doesn’t get enough credit. His average of 20 per wicket proves that his 4 for 28 was no fluke. Colin Munro and Laurie Evans are the international players. Certainly Munro is the more famous name but Evans produced a run per ball 33 on Wednesday while Munro scored only 3 runs, which shows that T20 cricket form just doesn’t work in a straight line.

Batting

Colin Munro has been doing great things for New Zealand for many years and he looks certain to score heavily against some of the moderate bowlers in the BBL. He works on the theory that if you hit the ball to the boundary then you don’t have to do so much running. And it works for him because he has now played 312 T20 games with an average of 29 and strike rate of 141 per 100 balls. He’s a strong batter square of the wicket and the Perth wicket allows him to get his bat underneath the ball which is the key to going big in T20 cricket.

Laurie Evans is from England and has placed a premium on scoring runs while sacrificing his strike rate ever so slightly. It looks like he has adjusted his style to the faster and bouncier Australian wickets. He provides the stability in the middle order which all teams need and he can do a good job in the death overs as well. He is in danger of being selected for England so the Scorchers can look forward to seeing him keep up his average of 34 for many seasons to come.

Cameron Bancroft provides not only sterling service behind the wickets with the gloves, but also in front of it as a batter at the top of the order who can partner the more explosive Munro. It’s a cliche of cricket that one wicket gets two, but Bancroft prevented that on Wednesday and set up the Scorchers win with 25 off 21 balls. Innings like this are soon forgotten, but these contributions make or break teams and Bancroft knows that doing things like this night after night wins titles.

Bowlers

Matthew Kelly proved to be the star on Wednesday and he seems to have come from nowhere and built a highly respectable reputation after only 22 T20 games. He doesn’t crack under pressure and his variations are always posing a challenge to the batters, especially those who like to swing the bat freely. He should pick up a couple of wickets because the Strikers do like to find the boundary rope.

Andrew Tye was respectable on Wednesday with 2 for 32 and over the course of 167 T20 games he has shown his stopping power with an economy rate of 8.04 per over. His pace in itself poses no physical threat to the batter but he can force a false shot with the slow bouncer. It’s almost impossible to pick his subtle changes in the way that he changes his grip on the ball and opposition batters are advised to treat him with care. Once a batter’s timing is gone then their confidence dips and this is how Tye wins games for the Scorchers. He’ll enjoy bowling at this home ground once again.

Jason Behrendorff has an outstanding ability to swing the ball using his left arm at good pace and his economy rate of 7.30 per over is one of the best in the BBL. The fact that he bowls across the right hand batter means he is always in the market to get an outside edge. While the high grandstand at Perth Stadium has negated the Fremantle Doctor as a factor, Behrendorff has shown that he enjoys bowling with the big crowds clapping every dot ball during the death overs. The Strikers look vulnerable against his style of bowling.

Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide fell just short of their target on Tuesday so they know they can compete. All it takes to win is just a couple more players to make the right decisions at the right time. Their internationals bowled well with Rashid Khan and George Garton taking wickets while keeping it tight. The younger players need to find some runs and wickets. Jake Weatherald was unlucky to get out to a great one-handed catch on the boundary but then again he was the batter who hit it there in the first place. I’m sure Jason Gillespie did a highly accurate impression of an Alex Ferguson ‘’hairdryer’’ rant after the game and the Strikers will be very motivated to win this game.

Batting

Jake Weatherald looked like he could’ve gone on to win the game on Tuesday before being dismissed for 18. This changed the game but on another night he would’ve scored heavily had he not been dismissed at that stage of the game. He looks set to score runs in this game because the wicket at this ground doesn’t play tricks and the batters can swing the bat with confidence. Shots behind the wicket here might be a smart idea and he’s certainly capable of doing that. The Perth Scorchers will be very keen to see him dismissed early.

Matthew Short scored 29 off 18 balls on Tuesday and this shows he is on course to score cities with regularity in the BBL. He hasn’t really done much in his T20 career after 38 games but there are promising signs that he will become an important top order batter for the Strikers. Once a player has played 50 games or so then the accumulated experience starts to pay off and I think that theory applies to Short. Another player who will learn from the game on Tuesday.

Harry Nielsen at No.3 in the order is a sound selection as he showed on Tuesday night, and he looks likely to score runs once again. Perth Stadium will suit his game because there are large gaps on offer for those who want to build their innings. The wicket is so true that the scoop and the hit over cow corner are highly possible. Much depends on him and he knows it, but he also has the knowledge that he has other batters down the order who can rotate the strike with him and put some pressure back on the Scorchers with fast running between the wickets.

Bowling

George Garton showed good form on Tuesday with 2 for 23 and this is the sort of performance that he is known for. Perth is a great place for fast bowlers once they’ve discovered the right length to bowl and he’ll be looking to drag back his length ball about 50 cm from the last game that he played. If he can do this then he should get plenty of outside edges due to him bowling left handed and his faster ball should be pitched up in order to slam it into the pads on middle and leg line.

Peter Siddle once again showed that experience matters with 3 wickets on Tuesday and he must be looking forward to bowling at Perth Stadium. Bowling with a scrambled seam might be a good option, particularly during the death overs. He can make the ball keep low or bounce it over the bat and as long as he is supported in the field then he should collect some more wickets. His value to the team also lies in the fact that he is remarkably level headed for a fast bowler.

Rashid Khan is the only spinner that I’m writing about for this game and there is a good reason why this is so. He bowled respectably with a return of 1 for 30 on Tuesday and this is a performance he’ll improve on against the Scorchers. It must be remembered that the Perth Stadium wicket doesn’t really turn that much but a clever bowler like Khan can find ways to build up pressure on the batters by changing his pace constantly and making them come out of the crease and create a stumping opportunity.

Scorchers vs Strikers: Best Market Odds

Scorchers $1.62 vs Strikers $2.34 with TopSport

Scorchers vs Strikers: Best Bet

Andrew Tye to take the most wickets for the match: $5.50 with TopSport

Scorchers vs Strikers: Best Same Game Multi

Andrew Tye to take the most wickets for the match
Jake Weatherald to score the most runs for the Strikers
Colin Munro to hit the most sixes for the Scorchers.

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