BBL 2018-19, Match 41: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

BBL 2018-19, Match 41: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Both the teams need a win desperately.

Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Two teams, trying hard to claim a stake in the upper half of the points table, will take each other on in the BBL 2018-19 on Thursday. The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Thunder haven’t had the ideal tournament thus far. While the former has won three in nine, the latter won four in ten matches. These sides are pretty much in a similar situation and a win is the need of the hour for them.

The Scorchers though, have got the psychological advantage as they lead the head to head battle 5-3. However, this isn’t a huge matter of concern for the Thunder as they managed to emerge triumphant in the last two nail-biting encounters. Both these teams have got their own positives and negatives. It all boils down to who deals with the negatives better in this even encounter.

Match Details:

The 41st match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 will be played between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder at the Perth Stadium.

The match starts at 6:40 PM local time (10:40 AM GMT) (4:10 PM IST).

Live streaming for this match is available on Sony LIV.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Optus Stadium witnessed high-scoring games on the last few instances. Once settled in, the batsmen should be able to hit the ball through the line quite confidently. There will be pace and bounce on offer for the pacers. With the humidity levels getting significantly high as the night progresses, dew is expected to play a major factor. It is ideal to bowl first.

Average first innings score: 158

Record of the teams batting second: Won – 4, Lost – 1

Probable XI:

Perth Scorchers:

Cameron Bancroft, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh (C), Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Usman Qadir.

Squad Available – Liam Guthrie, Nick Hobson

In – Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Liam Guthrie

Out – Aaron Hardie, David Willey, Sam Whiteman, Will Bosisto

Sydney Thunder:

Shane Watson (C), Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Matt Gilkes/Baxter Holt, Chris Jordan, Fawad Ahmed, Sam Rainbird, Gurinder Sandhu.

Squad Available – Nathan McAndrew

In – Nathan McAndrew, Matt Gilkes, Baxter Holt

Out – Jay Lenton, Arjun Nair, Jono Cook

Team News:

Jay Lenton has suffered a finger injury while keeping during the last match.

Sam Whiteman has a moderate grade quad injury that will require a rehabilitation period of 2-3 weeks.

David Willey returned to the UK this week to manage a left shoulder injury.

Power Picks:

Chris Green has had a great run in BBL 2018/19. The all-rounder scored 103 runs at an average of 34.33 which is the second best for the Sydney Thunder. Moreover, he accounted for five wickets at an economy rate of 6.92 which is also the second best for his team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

For captain and vice-captain, Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh and Daniel Sams should ideally be your first preferences. Otherwise, Ashton Turner and Shane Watson also make up a good option to lead your fantasy side. If you wish to pick a bowler as your vice-captain, you can choose one between Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Cameron Bancroft (C)

Batters – Shaun Marsh (VC), Ashton Turner, Shane Watson, Jason Sangha

All-Rounders – Anton Devcich, Daniel Sams

Bowlers – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Sam Rainbird, Chris Green

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Cameron Bancroft

Batters – Shaun Marsh (C), Ashton Turner, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha

All-Rounders – Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Sams

Bowlers – Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye (VC), Chris Jordan, Chris Green


Expert Advice:

Most of the players like Bancroft, Turner, Watson, Marsh and Devcich have quite a high price tag. Hence, you might need to exclude Andrew Tye to accommodate them. But, if you want the pacer in your XI, you can possibly ignore Anton Devcich or Shane Watson.

Probable Winners:

The Perth Scorchers are expected to win the game.

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