Adam Voges (right) scored 71 in the previous game © PTI
Adam Voges (right) scored 71 in the previous game © PTI

Big Bash League winners, Perth Scorchers will take on the Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at an all important match at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Varun Arora lists down the likely eleven that the Australian side could field.

Perth Scorchers have had an eventful Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014. Both their matches have gone down to the final over. They managed to pluck out a win from one, but lost the other. This match against CSK puts them in an awkward situation. If they manage to come up with a win, they will strengthen their hopes of making it to the penultimate stage, but a loss will most likely knock them out. Let’s take a look at the team combination.

Top Order: Adam Voges and Craig Simmons make a very compatible opening pair. Voges has the ability to pace his innings, while Simmons likes to play his shots. Their opening stand was worth 68 in the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and they will look to lay a strong foundation here as well. Sam Whiteman, the wicketkeeper-batsman, has done fairly well in both matches, and he will be an important string at the crucial No 3 position.

Middle Order: The Scorchers’ middle-order is delicate. Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar and Nathan Coulter-Nile will form an important base in the Scorchers innings. While none of them has great experience to directing and building an innings, they are a talented bunch, and quite lethal for a format like T20. Marsh was exquisite against Cape Cobras, where he hit 12 runs off the last two balls to complete a memorable victory. He will be the backbone of the Scorchers’ middle-order. Coulter-Nile can bat, as can Agar, but their bowling skills will be of more use to the Scorchers setup.

Lower Order: Yasir Arafat, Jason Behrendoroff, Joel Paris and Brad Hogg pair up to form an exciting bowling unit. Arafat has immense wicket-taking abilities but can go for runs like he did in the last match whereas Hogg was at his very best against Cobras but unluckily didn’t get any wickets. Paris is the most impressive feather in the Scorchers camp, he is young and he runs in fast and has an economy of 5.71 in the tournament.  If Paris and Behrendoroff mix up and shell shooting fast deliveries at right lengths then cracking a hole in the heavy CSK line-up would be too easy.

Likely XI: Adam Voges (c), Craig Simmons, Sam Whiteman (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yasir Arafat, Jason Behrendoroff, Joel Paris, Brad Hogg

Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry.com. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)