|Sydney Thunder to win||-111.11 at Sportsbet||Place Bet|
|Perth Scorchers to win||-111.11 at Sportsbet||Place Bet|
SPORTSBET.COM.AU cannot split Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers ahead of their clash at Spotless Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Thunder have made a strong start to the 2018/19 Big Bash League season, winning two of their first three.
Their only defeat so far came in a run-fest against Hobart Hurricanes, who remain undefeated atop the BBL ladder.
English import Jos Buttler has picked up where he left off last summer, smashing 172 runs at a 160.74 strike rate.
NSW rookie Jason Sangha has also impressed with bat in hand, while Daniel Sams has provided handy runs down the order.
Posting totals is a strong suit for the Thunder, who have batted first in every game to date and are yet to register fewer than 169 runs in an innings.
That might prove a problem for a Scorchers side that is seriously struggling in the run-making department.
The three-time Big Bash League winners are yet to crack 150 this season and have twice been held to less than 110 when batting first.
A string of single-figure scores from stalwart opener Michael Klinger has exposed a batting order that misses the Marsh brothers and lacks top-end international talent.
It is just as well the Scorchers can now count on the services of Cameron Bancroft, who made his return from suspension in Sunday’s defeat to the Hurricanes.
Things might be a lot worse for Perth if not for the five-pronged pace attack of Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and David Willey.
The skipper didn’t even need to call on the spinners as that quintet rolled Adelaide Strikers for a measly 88 last Wednesday.
That remains their only win of the season to date, so the Scorchers will want more of the same as they look to climb up from the wrong end of the ladder.
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Buttler has already notched two fifties in BBL08 and is without doubt the most prized wicket in the Thunder batting order.
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Perth’s other Ashton is a bona fide star at this level and might well be the man to step up if the Scorchers top order fails again.
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Fawad is the most experienced of the Thunder bowlers and, as a leg spinner, is always a pretty good bet in the 20-over format.
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Of all the Scorchers seamers, Behrendorff is the one you can most rely on to deliver the goods game after game after game.
Thunder or Scorchers – who wins?
The Thunder have started well, but already there are questions as to how their inexperienced bowling attack will hold up.
That problem is exacerbated by the fact Shane Watson has not rolled his arm over even once in the Green Machine’s opening three games.
Are the likes of Nathan McAndrew and Sam Rainbird good enough to lead the line in the T20 Big Bash League?
The Thunder have more firepower with the bat, but let’s see how they cope against the most dangerous bowling attack in the competition.
Even if the Scorchers are struggling for runs, there is every chance their star quicks will bail them out.
Perth Scorchers to win – $1.90 at Sportsbet
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