Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers, BBL 2020-21, Fantasy Pick, team suggestions

Cricket

Jan 16: Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers, Canberra

Pro Tip: This will be the third game in four days and ninth overall at Manuka Oval, Canberra, the venue with most games so far in BBL10. The pitch is likely to be bowler-friendly, so pick more bowling options.

Our XI: Josh Philippe, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve O’Keefe, Lloyd Pope, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed

Substitutes: Andrew Tye, Josh Inglis, Daniel Hughes, James Vince

Player Availability: Scorchers allrounder Mitchell Marsh and batsman Colin Munro are both injured and might not be available for this clash. Ben Dwarshuis could be available for the Sixers after recovering from an injury. We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Josh Philippe

This season’s leading scorer with 337 runs in ten games at an impressive strike rate of 145.88 has come back from his IPL stint a better player. He scored an unbeaten 44-ball 81 against the same opposition last season. In the last game he played at this venue, he scored a match-winning 64 off 36.

Vice-captain: Jason Roy

Roy’s 52-ball 74 not out in the last game against the Hobart Hurricanes helped Scorchers to get over the line with the additional bonus point. So far, he has scored 212 runs in six games at an average of 42.40 this season. Before coming into BBL, he scored three 50-plus scores in five T20 Blast games.

Hot Picks

Steve O’Keefe: After a brilliant start to the season, O’Keefe’s wicket-taking form did take a slight dip in the mid-season as he picked up only a couple of wickets in four games. However, he came back with a 3 for 15 in the last game and got the Man-of-the-Match award too. Playing again at the same venue, he is expected to make another impact. He is the leading wicket-taker for the Sixers with 13 scalps in nine games at an economy of 6.50.

Jhye Richardson: The 24-year-old youngster has been the player of the season for the Scorchers, so far picking up 18 wickets in just nine games at a stunning average of 11.16, the joint-leading wicket-taker in BBL10. The last time he played against the Sixers, he picked up 3 for 15.

Daniel Christian: The 37-year-old allrounder has been a revelation for the Sixers this season. Christian is the only player to pick up ten or more wickets as well as score 150-plus runs in this edition of the BBL. He has scored a 12-ball 21 not out and five-ball 15 not out in the two games he played at this venue, in addition to picking up three wickets.

Differential Picks

Jordan Silk: Silk is having an impactful season where he has scored 210 runs in ten games at a strike rate of 140.93. Nobody has scored more runs at No. 5 than his 195 in 140 deliveries.

Fawad Ahmed:The Scorchers’ lead spinner is in the middle of one of his leanest seasons picking up only seven wickets in nine games at an average of 26.71. However, against his favourite opposition Sixers, against whom he has picked up 15 wickets, he is expected to come back strong. The wicket at Manuka Oval is also likely to assist him.

Alternate Scenarios

  • If Dwarshuis is fit and available, replace Llyod Pope with him.
  • Inglis and Turner can be swapped as well.
  • O’Keefe or Richardson can be your vice-captain choice too.

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