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Toss Winner - Adelaide Strikers won the toss and chose to bowl first
Adelaide Strikers beat Perth Scorchers by 6 wickets
Strikers’ battle to cause an upset for the Scorchers
Perth Scorchers to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
Adelaide Strikers face a big challenge as they take on the Perth Scorchers at their home ground. Though the Strikers come into this contest with a big win against Brisbane Heat their overall form has been poor as the side won only three games so far. The Perth Scorchers defeated the Melbourne Stars continuing with their good form this season.
The Perth Scorchers have been the most consistent side in the tournament. They have won ten out of the twelve games they have played. Their batsmen are in great form and the side would like to ride on that here. Strikers would cause a major upset if they can win this game. It remains to be seen if they can show enough character here.
Peter Siddle’s side comes here with a big win. The side produced its best performance of the season in the last game against Brisbane Heat winning it by 71 runs. They have now moved to 5th place on the points table and shall look for a win here to improve their prospects for a berth in the playoffs. Perth Scorchers would be a tough opponent to beat and Siddle would expect to see a good show from his players.
Matthew Short and Henry Hunt played well in the last game, and they need to give the side a good start against Scorchers’ in-form bowling attack. In the middle order, Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells have returned to form and this is great news for the side. Thomas Kelly and Harry Nielson must contribute to this game for the side to win.
Rashid Khan has ended his stint with a 6-wicket haul in the last game and he would be missed here. The side would like to see Matthew Short and Harry Conway deliver early wickets in this game. Siddle has looked good in the last few games, and he will have to bowl tight lines with Wes Agar and Henry Thornton during the middle overs.
Peter Siddle (c), Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Liam Scott, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway
Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, Jake Weatherald, Peter Siddle, Ian Cockbain, Harry Conway, Matt Short, Henry Thornton, Jonathan Wells, Fawad Ahmed, Henry Hunt
Ashton Turner’s side continues to impress. They come here with a 47-run win against the Melbourne Stars, their 10th win in 12 games. It has been a remarkable performance from their batsmen throughout the season and the side has earned a place in the playoffs already. Turner would want his side to win this game and build the momentum before heading into the playoffs.
Kurtis Patterson missed out in the last game, and he would look to deliver a good start with Nick Hobson. Laurie Evans and Turner have been in excellent form and make this middle-order rock solid with Aaron Hardie. Chris Sabburg, Ashton Agar, and Andrew Tye have power-hitting abilities and the side would expect runs from them down the order.
Jason Behrendorff and Matthew Kelly have provided early wickets to the side and the same would be expected from them in this game. Andrew Tye bowled poorly in the last game, and he would look to check his line in the middle overs. The side has good depth in its bowling resources with Peter Hatzoglou, Agar, and Hardie in the side.
Ashton Turner (c), Kurtis Patterson, Nick Hobson, Laurie Evans (wk), Aaron Hardie, Chris Sabburg, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Matthew Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou
Ashton Turner, Peter Hatzoglou, Jason Behrendorff, Lance Morris, Andrew Tye, David Moody, Laurie Evans, Nick Hobson, Chris Sabburg, Aaron Hardie, Kurtis Patterson
It would be clear skies over Adelaide on January 14, and we expect to see a flat track. The ball is expected to come onto the bat nicely as we have seen in previous games and batsmen would be able to hit through the line. The side batting first in this game would need 180 runs on the board to feel safe on this surface.
Adelaide Oval is a small ground, and the boundaries are short around the square. Batsmen enjoy batting on this track as they can play on the up. Fast bowlers do get some assistance on this track in the early overs, but it is a tough surface to bowl on. Spinners don’t get assistance from the surface and the small size of the ground makes it difficult for them.
Four games have been played at this venue this season and on three occasions the side batting first has won the game. Chasing scores at this venue is always a big challenge as the wicket tends to slow down. Hence, the side winning the toss in this game shall have little hesitation in opting to bat first.
Adelaide Strikers have lacked consistency this season. Their bowling has been poor and the absence of Rashid Khan in the next game would be a major weakness to this attack. They will have to bowl better lines to challenge the Perth Scorchers. The Scorchers are on song and have their key players in great form and this would make them outright favorites to win this game.
Perth Scorchers to win
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