BIG BASH FINAL
Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers
After a season of enthralling and exciting action, we are set for the grand finale of the Big Bash League 06. Two of the most successful franchises in the BBL history – Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers – have made it to the finals on Saturday. There’s no doubting the fact that the best teams of the season qualified for the final.
Scorchers – consistent as ever
It was business as usual this season for the Scorchers who topped the league with ten points. True that they had to grit out against a tough competition this year – with the matches closer than ever – but they were one of the most consistent teams nevertheless.
And in the semis they were clinical against Melbourne Stars brushing them aside by seven wickets. The win was highlighted by a hostile spell of opening bowling by Mitchell Johnson and a calm half-century from Shaun Marsh.
Sixers – the underdogs?
The Sixers did not start the season great but have ended the league phase on a high by conjuring a consistent run of victories. They ended on the same points as the Scorchers and it was only a poor run-rate that thwarted them a home final.
In the semi-finals, the Sixers stunned Brisbane Heat at the Gabba via a super-over eliminator. Sean Abbott and Nathan Lyon took four wickets each with the ball while Moise Henriques did the star turn with the bat – both in normal time and super-over time.
A score to settle?
It’s a colorful rivalry between these two sides in Big Bash – arguably the two most successful teams in the entire history. The Scorchers have appeared in four finals so far losing twice and winning twice.
For the Sixers, this is their third final having lost once and won once earlier. Interestingly, these two teams have met twice in the finals earlier having split the victories.
Sixers will have their hopes around captain Henriques who after a blip in form has picked up his performances again. With the ball, Sean Abbott has been their best bowler while Nathan Lyon has come to the party in the last couple of games.
For Scorchers, Mitchell Johnson has been a revelation this season with his pace and control. Tough to think it’s his debut season in Big Bash! Ian Bell and Michael Klinger have been their torch bearers with the bat and will look to do it once more in the final. And there could be a shock recall for Jason Behrendorff who missed the entire season with injury.
Both teams had a great season and both will miss important players for this clash – Colin Munro for Sixers and Shaun Marsh for Scorchers have joined their international sides in New Zealand. That balances out the equation but Sixers may just end up surprising the Scorchers. Back them at odds of 2.20 to lift the title. A quick tidbit – none of the teams topping the league in Big Bash have won the title!
Bell at odds of 3.25 and Henriques at odds of 5.00 look good to be the top scorers for Scorchers and Sixers respectively.
With the ball, Lyon seems to have found the rhythm at the right time. Back him at odds of 4.50 to be their top bowler.