Big Bash is the most exciting form of cricket in Australia, and the playoffs continue on Saturday night in Canberra.
The top two teams take to the pitch on Saturday, with the loser getting an extra life. Despite the security of not being knocked out, both teams want a clean passage through to the next round of the playoffs.
Sixers With A Point To Prove
There is little doubt that Sydney was the best team throughout the regular season, and it’s looking to win back-to-back Big Bash titles.
Despite scoring nine wins from 14 games this season, some critics have written off the Sixers. We’re not sure how, given their incredible win over the Melbourne Stars on Tuesday, which knocked the Stars out of contention.
Sydney didn’t need to win that game, but it showed respect to the game. Going out and successfully chasing down 177 runs was a great effort, and it should be commended.
Despite that, Perth is the favorite to win on Saturday night.
Perth Rockets Up Ladder
As much as the season was a success for Sydney, it has been just as incredible for Perth.
The Western Australians were hovering near the bottom of the ladder for the first few weeks, but it dug deep and finished second after 14 games.
The Scorchers clicked into gear, and showed why they are the four-time BBL champions. They didn’t beat Brisbane on Tuesday, but it was a respectable outing, falling just six runs short.
Perth’s run towards the end of the season has been on the terrific batting lineup. It has one of the deepest lineups in the competition, which includes Jason Roy, Colin Munro, and Mitchell Marsh.
Marsh has been excellent over the last few weeks, and because he comes in at five, it gives Perth a deep batting order.
Perth also has standout bowlers in Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye, just to name a few.
The Scorchers and Sixers love scoring big totals, so bettors should expect plenty of runs on Saturday.
Perth has two players in the top three for most fifties (Colin Munro, Mitchell Marsh). Sydney doesn’t have any players on that list, but Josh Philippe has scored 51 4s this season, which is a big effort.
The toss could be important, as both teams will likely choose to bat first. Manuka Oval often plays well to teams batting first, and setting a target of around 170 can be good enough.
Sixers vs Scorchers Game Pick
The Sydney Sixers play more of a team game, and they have a good all-round game. We mentioned that they deserve respect, so they’re going to get it.
It’s not easy to bet against Perth, but the conditions at Manuka Oval could suit Sydney best. It also has a terrific fielding unit, headed by Jordan Silk.
Sydney isn’t the popular pick, but bettors get odds worth snapping up.