After 59 matches in the Big Bash League, the best two teams have now qualified to face each other in the mega finale at Sydney Cricket Ground on 6th February, Saturday.
Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers finished as the top two teams during the league stage. Their three clashes this season resulted in one win for the Scorchers and two wins for the Sixers including the Qualifier.
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The Sixers have proved themselves to be the strongest team in this tournament. Their top order is in great form as Josh Philippe and James Vince are already in the top five highest run scorers. Philippe has a great chance to finish the tournament as the highest run-scorer which should add to his motivation. Jordan Silk and captain Daniel Hughes are also among runs and should be key fantasy picks.
With 252 runs and 13 wickets, Daniel Christian has shown his value as the all-rounder for Sixers. In bowling, it will be a combined effort from the Sixers bowlers with Ben Dwarshuis, Carlos Brathwaite, and Steve O’Keefe leading the pack and popular among fantasy players.
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Perth Scorchers showed their batting power in the last match scoring 189 runs with the loss of just 1 wicket. Jason Roy is ruled out for the final but they still have Colin Munro, Liam Livingstone, and Josh Inglis as key batting options for them. Mitchel Marsh’s form will make him very desirable for fantasy teams.
In bowling, the Scorchers have the top wicket-taker Jhye Richardson to depend on with 27 wickets. Richardson is the leader of the pack which also has experienced campaigners like Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, and Fawad Ahmed.
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Jhye Richardson took 27 wickets came with an average of 15.85 and an economy of 7.44. He will be expected to finish as the highest wicket-taker.
Josh Philippe needs just 1 run to reach the 500-run mark in the tournament and 45 runs to become the highest run-scorer. Besides, he has scored three fifties and will hope to add one more in the final.
The final will place three top all-rounders in the display including Marsh, Brathwaite, and Daniel Christian. Christian will be a top pick as he is performing regularly for the Sixers.
Perth Scorchers: 1. Cameron Bancroft, 2. Liam Livingstone, 3. Colin Munro, 4. Josh Inglis, 5. Mitchell Marsh, 6. Ashton Turner (Capt), 7. Aaron Hardie, 8. Jhye Richardson, 9. Andrew Tye, 10. Jason Behrendorff, 11. Fawad Ahmed
Sydney Sixers: 1. Josh Philippe, 2. James Vince, 3. Daniel Hughes (Capt), 4. Moises Henriques, 5. Jordan Silk, 6. Daniel Christian, 7. Carlos Brathwaite, 8. Sean Abbott, 9. Jackson Bird, 10. Ben Dwarshuis, 11. Steve O’Keefe
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