Defending champions Sydney Sixers go in search of their second successive Big Bash League title when they take on Perth Scorchers on Saturday. Check out this page as BettingPro.com's cricket experts pick out their best predictions and tips for the final game of the BBL season.
Big Bash League Predictions & Tips: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers (Saturday 08:40 GMT)
Sydney Sixers can win back-to-back Big Bash League titles when they take on Perth Scorchers in the Final on Saturday. The Sixers ended the regular season on top of the ladder with 36 points, while the Scorchers finished four points behind them in second position – so it feels right that the top two are competing to become champions. The Sixers will go into this Final full of confidence following their recent win over the Scorchers in the play-off qualifier. The Sydney-based outfit booked their place in the Final with a stunning nine-wicket victory. Perth opted to bat first and they made a modest 167-6 with Josh Inglis top scoring with 69, while Ben Dwarshuis returned figures of 3-40 off four overs. The Sixers made light work of their run chase, as they knocked off the total with three overs left to spare with James Vince falling two runs short of a century as he was unbeaten on 98. That defeat meant Perth had to beat Brisbane Heat on Thursday to reach the Final. Brisbane won the toss and opted to bowl, they could only bowl 18.1 overs because of poor weather. Perth went on to post 189-1 with Lancashire star Liam Livingstone top scoring with 77 from 39 balls. The Heat then had 18 overs to reach their target, but they fell well short as Aaron Hardie took three wickets, with Jason Behrendorf, Andrew Tye and Fawad Ahmed taking two wickets each. The Sixers have been playing themselves into title-winning form, and I am backing them to shine once more and defeat the Scorchers. Vince has been a sensation for the Sixers with 442 runs this season, I am backing him to take control once again when he opens the batting and score the most runs. With ball in hand, Jhye Richardson – who leads the way with the most wickets thanks to 27 from 16 matches for Perth– will be disappointed he failed to take a wicket against Brisbane, and although I don’t expect Perth to win, I am backing the 24-year-old to snare the most wickets for the Scorchers.