2017 Big Bash Final Preview & Tips
Final – Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers
Odds: Scorchers $1.80, Sixers $2.00 (as of 26th January 2017)
The Scorchers host the Sixers in the 2017 Big Bash final at the WACA on Saturday, 28th January 2017. The Perth Scorchers are the current favourites with the bookmakers.
Sydney Sixers win by 6 wickets
Perth Scorchers 8/130 (20 overs)
Sydney Sixers 4/132 (18 overs)
The Sixers cruised to victory as they chased down 130 in 18 overs last time they played Perth in the Big Bash.
Perth and Sydney have met twice already in the final of the Big Bash in 2011-12 and 2014-15. The Sixers won the first meeting, while the Scorchers won in 2014-15.
Sydney Sixers 158/3 (18.5 overs)
Perth Scorchers 156/5 (20 overs)
Sixers won by 7 wickets
Perth Scorchers 148/6 (20 overs)
Sydney Sixers 147/5 (20 overs)
Scorchers won by 4 wickets
The Scorchers booked their spot in the final with an impressive bowling performance against the Stars. Mitchell Johnson destroyed the top order and took 3-3 off his 4 overs. In the chase of 136, Shaun Marsh led Perth as he scored his second consecutive half-century.
High Bat – Scorchers
Shaun Marsh will miss the final after he was selected for the ODI series in New Zealand. In his absence, Sam Whiteman takes his spot at the top of the order and he hit 31 in his last innings. Klinger hit an early six against the Stars but was out a few balls later for 7, he’s due for a big innings in the final. Ian Bell would be the next best bet and has played well in his first Big Bash series.
Michael Klinger – 263 runs @ 29.22. Sixes: 6
Ian Bell – 200 runs @ 28.57. Sixes: 5
Ashton Turner – 123 runs @ 20.50. Sixes: 8
Sam Whiteman – 113 runs @ 18.83. Sixes: 2
Most Wickets – Scorchers
Mitchell Johnson is the form bowler for the Scorchers after figures of 3-3 in the semi final. His battle with Daniel Hughes will be the key to this match. Andrew Tye bowled poorly against the Stars with 4 wides and 1-34. Ashton Agar is a value bet and he should be tough to play on the WACA pitch.
Mitchell Johnson – 12 wickets. Best bowling: 3 for 3
Andrew Tye – 10 wickets. Best bowling: 4 for 22
Jhye Richardson – 8 wickets. Best bowling: 2 for 26
The Sixers won in the super over against the Brisbane Heat and will play in their third Big Bash final. Sean Abbott and Nathan Lyon led the way with the ball taking 4 wickets each, while Moises Henriques scored 18 runs in the super over.
High Bat – Sixers
Hughes and Henriques put on 99 runs for the third wicket in the semi-final and will need another big partnership against the Scorchers. Henriques hit 64 runs and 3 sixes in his match winning innings. Nic Maddinson has been very quiet in this series and Colin Munro batting at 3 could be a value bet.
Daniel Hughes – 296 runs @ 49.33. Sixes: 7.
Moises Henriques – 242 runs @ 30.25. Sixes: 8.
Brad Haddin – 102 runs @ 14.57. Sixes: 2.
Most Wickets – Sixers
Sean Abbott continued his form with the ball and took 4 wickets, including 3 in his last over against the Heat. Nathan Lyon also took 4 wickets against Brisbane and will enjoy the slower pitch at the WACA. It’s a toss up between Abbott and Lyon for most wickets.
Sean Abbott – 20 wickets. 5 for 16
Ben Dwarshuis – 13 wickets. 3 for 25
Johan Botha – 6 wickets. 2 for 24
With Shaun Marsh out, the Perth batting lineup is a lot weaker. Although they have finals experience and have won the tournament twice in 5 years.
The Sixers are one of the best chasing sides in the competition and won’t mind batting second. They also comfortably defeated Perth when they last played.
In the end, we’re tipping the home side will get the job done and take out the 2017 Big Bash final.