The Grand Finale of BBL'10

Author: Shreyas
06 Feb 2021 07:41:34
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And after a long journey, we're down to the grand finale of the BBL'10!
The top two teams from the points table face each other in the most awaited encounter out here!

On one hand, the Sixers have looked completely dominant throughout the season and are also the defending champions and would want to successfully defend their title. They won the qualifier against the same opposition and have been waiting for the last three games to see who's joining them.
On the other hand, the Scorchers lost the first 4 games and were in a bad shape until we saw Livingstone and Roy at the top with Munro, Inglis and Marsh in the middle doing the wonders for them and winning the next 8 out of 10 league fixtures to finish 2nd there. They lost the qualifier against the Sixers but are back to face them and would want to take revenge in the best way possible.

These two teams have faced each other thrice this season and the best performers from each game are listed below -

Match 1 (06/01) - Perth won by 86 runs

Mitchell Marsh - 57(27)*
Colin Munro - 50(34)
Jhye Richardson - 3/15(4)
Andrew Tye - 4/20(3.4)
Jack Edwards - 44(38) - Won't play
Steve O'Keefe - 2/33(4)
Lloyd Pope - 2/13(2) - Won't play

Match 2 (16/01) - Sydney won by 7 wickets

Joshua Phillippe - 85(52)
James Vince - 52(35)
Daniel Christian - 2/22(4)
Carlos Brathwaite - 2/12(3)
Jake Ball - 2/33(4)
Liam Livingstone - 67(38)
Colin Munro - 34(32)
Jason Behrendorff - 1/19(4)

Match 3 (30/01) - Sydney won by 9 wickets

Josh Inglis - 69(41)*
Colin Munro - 30(25)
Ashton Turner - 33(22)
Liam Livingstone - 15(14) & 1/16(2)
Joshua Phillippe - 45(28)
James Vince - 98(53)*
Brathwaite, Keefe, Bird and Abbott all got 1 wicket each, and Dwarshius got 2.

Conclusion -

Perth has always batted first against this side and the Sixers have always chased. The Sixers lead this season's battle 2-1 against the Scorchers.
Munro has always scored atleast 30 against this side this season and is a must pick for your teams.
Vince and Phillippe both have chased really well in the last two games against this side and would want to do well again.

Prediction - Sixers to win.

*Probable XIs*

Sydney Sixers - Joshua Phillippe(Wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques(C), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshius, Stephen O'Keefe, Jackson Bird, Sean Abbott

X Factor - Jake Ball, Hayden Kerr

Perth Scorchers - Cameron Bancroft, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis(Wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner(C), Jhye Richardson, Aaron Hardie, Andrew Tye, Fawad Ahmed, Jason Behrendorff

X Factor - Kurtis Patterson, Joel Paris

Both teams aren't expected to use an X Factor substitute though.

*Fantasy Tips*

Key Players - Munro, Phillippe, Vince(especially if chasing), Livingstone, Behrendorff, Abbott(if bowling first)/Dwarshius

GL and rotation picks - Henriques, Hughes, Keefe, Brathwaite(while bowling first, must try), Inglis, Marsh(he is just being used as a batsman), Bancroft, Richardson(mainly due to credit issues), Tye

Other players who can either be credit saver picks or punt picks in one team or two in GL or can even avoid -
1. Jordan Silk(while chasing, can try if you expect the top order to fail)
2. Fawad Ahmed (he has taken 1 wicket each on two of the three occasions against this team but not more)
3. Aaron Hardie (he has had an On and off tournament and although got a 4 wicket haul in the team's previous game, i.e., the qualifier 2 against the Heat, he might not do much here)
4. Jackson Bird (he can be subbed out for Ball or bowl a couple overs and the remaining are bowled by Christian and Brathwaite)
5. Daniel Christian (he is a great player and also selected by many from the all rounder section, but he hasn't been bowling any more than one over and hardly has gotten to bat ever since Henriques has joined the squad)
6. Ashton Turner (can give a cameo but not necessary to face many deliveries as he bats at No.6 and their batting order looks really good and confident especially after the previous game)

*My Fantasy Team*
(8 players given, rest choose according to the toss and the players mentioned above)

Wk - Phillippe
Bat - Munro, Bancroft, Vince
AR - Livingstone
Bowl - Dwarshius, Abbott, Behrendorff

Safe C/VC choices - Phillippe, Livingstone, Munro, Vince
GL C/VC choices - Henriques, Dwarshius, Bancroft, Marsh(hit or miss as he's not bowling), Inglis(has done well against this side this season)

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