Sydney Sixers Women vs Perth Scorchers Women, 5th Match
7th December 2018, 1:40 PM IST
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
The North Sydney Oval stadium in Sydney has hosted just one T20I which was in September earlier this year. Australia Women faced their New Zealand counterparts in the first game of a three-match T20I series. Australia chased down 163 with ease in that game (with over 2 overs to spare).
The pitch should more or less play the same way it did in that T20I. The forecast is cloudy but the rain should stay away.
Both teams have had contrasting starts to their 2018 WBBL campaign. While Sydney Sixers are coming off a heavy defeat against Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers won in the final over against Hobart Hurricanes.
The defending champions Sydney Sixers were excellent at the start with the bat but they squandered the good start as apart from the openers no batter went past the 20-run mark. They managed to score just 57 runs in their 8 overs.
On the other hand, Perth chased down 147 with three balls to spare. Three out of the top four batters were dismissed for single-digit scores. But that might not be a cause of concern as they’ve played just one game in the tournament. The bowlers pulled things back nicely after Hobart had gotten off to a flier.
Thus, it promises to be a good contest as the last year finalists square off for the first time this season.
Last match’s Playing XI and possible changes
Ellyse Perry (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Sara McGlashan, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Lauren Cheatle, Carly Leeson
Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Lauren Ebsary, Chloe Piparo, Emily Smith (wk), Kate Cross, Hayleigh Brennan, Taneale Peschel, Emma King
Both teams might continue with the same combination.
My XI for the game
Alyssa Healy has been in some great form in recent times. She was the player of the tournament in the recently concluded Women’s World T20 and she backed that magnificent performance with a superb 70 in the first game.
Elyse Villani and Chloe Piparo guided the Perth Scorchers to a win in their opening game. While the former returned with a composed 58, Piparo finished things off with a 16-ball 26. Erin Burns and Sara McGlashan looked good in their brief stay but they will hope to put up better performances.
Alternative: Meg Lanning for Elyse Villani
Heather Graham was excellent with the ball in the first innings as she returned with figures of 3/25. Meanwhile, Ellyse Perry had a very good all-round game as she struck a fifty and took a wicket as well.
Alternative: Ashleigh Gardner for Heather Graham
Marizanne Kapp was the most economical Sixers’ bowler in that first game. Kate Cross, Taneale Peschel and Lauren Smith complete the bowling group.
Alternative: Ema King for Lauren Smith
Captain: Ellyse Perry
Vice-captain: Alyssa Healy
Player to watch out for: Alyssa Healy
The 28-year-old wicket-keeper batter has gone past 20 in her last 6 T20 innings. She seems to be in the form of her life and has been simply magnificent at the top of the order in the shortest format. It looks like she’s hungry for more and the other teams have to watch out for her.