BBL 06 T20 Final betting (January 28): Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers

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Updated: January 27, 2017

For the fifth time in six years, the Perth Scorchers are through to the final of the KFC Big Bash League where the Sydney Sixers await in a repeat line-up of the BBL 01 and BBL 04 deciders; overall record: 14-14, +3.85 units

 

Game: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers
Where: WACA, Perth, WA
When: Saturday, January 28, 7.15pm (AEDT)
Prices: Perth $1.74, Sydney $2.15

Confirmed bet: Perth WIN (one unit @ $1.74)

TIW says: There’s great news for KFC Big Bash League fans on the eve of the BBL 06 Final between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers. The domestic T20 tournament will expand from 32 to 40 regular-season matches next season. Each team will play an extra home match, increasing their regular-season fixtures from eight to 10. Perth fans will be the last to see their home team in action this season as they host the tournament final on what promises to be a blisteringly hot afternoon at the Furnace. While perennial contenders Perth hold the upper hand with a 6-3 overall record against the Sixers, tonight will mark the third time the two teams have met in a KFC Big Bash League decider.

 

 

The Sixers were the first BBL club to get their hands on the silverware after Moises Henriques (aged just 24 at the time) hammered what proved to be a match-winning 70 in the inaugural final in 2012 as they chased down 156 with seven balls to spare. Then in BBL 04, the Scorchers successfully passed Sydney’s 5-147 to make it back-to-back titles. In their previous meeting this season on December 27 at the SCG, Sixers cruised to a six-wicket win on the back of 40 from Englishman Sam Billings (since departed on international duty) while off-spinner Will Sommerville – with Nathan Lyon absent – grabbed 2-10.

The Scorchers finished the regular season atop the ladder and swept aside the Melbourne Stars in the semi-finals, while the Sixers advanced courtesy of a thrilling super over victory against the Brisbane Heat. The Scorchers defeated the Stars by seven wickets in the first semi-final, continuing their excellent form after a convincing win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena in their final group match. Both run chases were propelled by Shaun Marsh, however, and the in-form batsman will be absent for the final due to Australia ODI duties. However, Mitchell Johnson (pictured below) should be full of confidence after destroying the Stars with 3-3 in the semi-final, while Jason Behrendorff could make a surprise return for the final.

 

The Sixers path to the decider wasn’t nearly as easy. They needed a Super Over against the Heat in the semi-final and making it through thanks to not one, but two captain’s knocks from Henriques. That came after a scare in their final group match against the Stars, when the Sixers looked gone at 6-97, needing 60 off 35 for victory with only four wickets in hand. It took Sean Abbott’s ability with the bat – striking a whirlwind 33 not out off 17 balls – to eventually get the Sixers home with an over to spare. At home in front of their fans, it’s hard to go past the Scorchers go make it three titles from five finals appearances.

 

Most recent result: 1-0, +1.4 units

Perth Scorchers WIN v Melbourne Stars (two units @ $1.70) WIN

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Crownbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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