Date: Thursday 24 January 2019
Location: Optus Stadium, Perth
Start time: 6:40PM AWST (9:40PM AEDT)
How to watch:
Broadcast LIVE on 7 and Fox Cricket
Head to head:
Scorchers five wins, Thunder three wins.
The last two matches between these two sides have been absolute thrillers with Thunder coming out on top on both occasions by 3 runs and 1 run.
Last time they met:
After the early loss of Watson (4), Jos Buttler (55) and player-of-the-match Callum Ferguson (42) built an excellent partnership and a late cameo by Chris Green (18*) helped Thunder reach 6-142 after 20 overs.
Tight bowling restricted the Scorchers to 5-54 after 11.1 but a brilliant knock by Ashton Turner (60*) kept his side in the game until the final ball.
Fawad Ahmed (2-22) was the best of the bowlers and also effected a brilliant run out.
The season so far:
Thunder made a great start to BBL|08, winning the first two games however dropped four of their next five games. The side bounced back with a convincing 71 run victory over the reigning champions the Adelaide Strikers but have not been able to secure the much-needed two points since.
The Scorchers currently sit last on the ladder with a win-loss record of 3-6. The side appeared to be on roll, picking up consecutive wins over the Melbourne Stars and Sydney SIxers but most recently fell to the top-placed Hobart Hurricanes by four wickets at home.
Callum Ferguson on the Scorchers:
“It’s a massive game for us. We know how good they can be. They’ve certainly got a lot of match winners in their line-up, a lot of experience. We won’t certainly be taking too much note of where they are on the table, we know we’re coming up against a quality outfit so we’ll go over there knowing that we’re in for a contest and that we’re going to really want to bounce back hard. We’ve got a lot of pride in our group, we think we’ve got a really good side, we think we’ve got a side that can go deep into this tournament and we want to show that.”
Thunder: Shane Watson (C), Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler, Pat Cummins, Anton Devcich (OS replacement), Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Matthew Gilkes (local replacement), Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Chris Jordan (OS replacement), Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Sam Rainbird, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Joe Root, Jono Cook (local replacement).
Scorchers: Ashton Turner (C), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Joel Paris, Usman Qadir, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey.
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