Sydney Thunder vs. Perth Scorchers
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Sydney Thunder vs. Perth Scorchers
BBL7 title odds:Sydney Thunder: $23 @ Neds.com.auPerth Scorchers: $4.25 @ Neds.com.au
Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Spotless Stadium, Sydney from 7.40pm AEDT
ANOTHER year, another season of Perth Scorchers dominance.
The reigning champs haven’t missed a beat in their title defence this summer, sitting second on the BBL ladder after six matches with a 5-1 record.
The most impressive thing about Perth’s dominance this year is the lesser-lights doing the carnage. With Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh all on international duty, it’s been up to the rest of the squad to do the damage.
Ashton Turner smashed 70 off 32 balls and David Willey compiled an impressive 55 to help the Scorchers get past the Melbourne Renegades in one of the games of the season on Monday night.
The Scorchers won with runs off the penultimate ball of the match, chasing 3-185 on their home deck. The win kept their incredible streak over the Renegades alive – the men from Victoria are still yet to beat Perth in seven seasons.
While the Scorchers are on fire, the Sydney Thunder are hanging on to finals aspirations by a thread.
Sitting at 2-4 and sixth on the ladder, if the Thunder lose this one, they can kiss any hope of a top-four finish goodbye.
Too much has rested on the shoulders of captain Shane Watson – who started the season off well with the bat, but has struggled to find support at the top of the order.
It is hard to expect individual greatness from a squad that has only a few international caps and a captain who is otherwise retired from the game.
Despite this being in Sydney on the Thunder’s home deck and despite the desperation they should have to keep their finals hopes alive, this one is looking like a fait accompli.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t betting value there for punters in the player markets.
Thunder vs. Scorchers most runs betting
Fresh off an Ashes century at the SCG, Usman Khawaja is finally available for Thunder selection and is the man to watch in this market. Even at the short price of +200 at CrownBet.com.au to top the Thunder batting sheet, Khawaja provides value.
Two years ago when in the form of his life, Khawaja turned good test cricket form into amazing T20 form, belting big runs for the Thunder. After his recent heroics at the SCG for the baggy green, we’re expecting him to play with some real freedom and confidence and help out old mate Shane Watson.
Ashton Turner is the value bet here. Go with the man in form.
Turner is paying $6 at CrownBet.com.au to top the Scorchers run-scorers and we’re only a few days removed from a scintillating 70 from 32 deliveries, so we know he’s in top nick.
Most wickets specials – Thunder vs. Scorchers
Leg spin has been the most dangerous weapon in the BBL this summer. Thunder tweaker Fawad Ahmed has enjoyed his share of the spoils, taking eight wickets in his six matches to sit inside the top five wicket-takers in the competition.
The Scorchers have shown some weakness to a quality leg spinner in previous games, so keep a close eye on Ahmed, at $3.75 with CrownBet.com.au, to give some value for money.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Mitchell Johnson could still be playing international cricket and shows no signs of slowing down.
Yes, the shortened format will extend his career and allow him to give maximum effort for just the four overs every game, but it is his movement and guile with the ball that is helping him extract wickets. While his teammate Andrew Tye is leading the comp with scalps, we expect this to be Johnson’s night – he’s paying +200 at CrownBet.com.au.