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Match Preview – Sixers vs Scorchers, Big Bash League 2020/21, Final




Perth Scorchers produced a dominant performance to reach the final which is contest between the BBL’s two most successful teams

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The two best teams of the season. The two most successful sides in BBL history. After 56 regular-season matches and four preliminary finals the decider for this year’s title has the makings of a great contest. Sydney Sixers are aiming to secure back-to-back titles, something Perth Scorchers managed in 2013-14 and 2014-15 as part of three championships in four seasons, and by the end of Saturday (or, perhaps, Sunday if the weather doesn’t play ball) they will have six of the 10 BBL titles between them.

The Sixers will have had a week to prepare for this match – their first home game of the season which has had to navigate Covid-19 restrictions right up until the final moments – after booking their spot with a comprehensive victory over the Scorchers in the Qualifier. That match ended in controversial scenes when Andrew Tye’s wild bouncer denied James Vince the chance to go to his hundred. It remains to be seen whether any niggle hangs over from that.

It looked as though the Scorchers’ season may be coming apart when that result followed their loss to Brisbane Heat in the final regular-season game, but they rebounded magnificently with their most comprehensive performance of the campaign to crush the Heat in the Challenger yesterday. They deserve significant credit for overcoming the loss of a home final due to the Perth Covid-19 lockdown, the late withdrawal of Jason Roy from the match against the Heat and the loss of Mitchell Marsh from the bowling ranks.

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