Must win game for Perth Scorchers to stay alive in the tournament
Adelaide Strikers to win
Adelaide Strikers would look forward to retaining their top spot on the points table with a win against the Perth Scorchers in the 21st game of the Big Bash League 2020-21. The Strikers had defeated the Scorchers in the last game and they would be looking to repeat this success in the next game. They are a side that has been performing well as a team and shall look to retain their momentum.
Perth Scorchers find themselves in lot of trouble here with no wins to show after four games. The points table pressure is already mounting for them and a loss here would hurt their prospects of breaking it to the top 5 and earn a place in the playoffs. The Strikers would like to exploit this situation to their advantage and it would be interesting to see if the Scorchers are able to turn the tables around.
Alex Carey would be proud of the way his side has played so far winning three out of their five games and currently sit at the top of the points table. The side lacks star power in comparison to some of the other teams but has done well with its resources. Carey would look forward to using the momentum and retaining the top spot with a win in this game.
Philip Salt and Jake Weatherald set up a good partnership in the last game and they would look to do the same here. The middle order hasn’t been in the best of form so far and the side would look forward to runs from Carey, Matt Renshaw and Jonathan Wells. Matthew Short and Rashid Khan with their hitting abilities would look to contribute to a win with the bat.
Daniel Worrall and Peter Siddle are gaining confidence with every game and they would be expected to strike with the new ball here. Rashid Khan did well in the last game and this would be a huge confidence booster for the side. With Wes Agar and Danny Briggs in the side the bowling attack looks settled and shall trouble the Scorchers’ batsmen.
Alex Carey (c & wk), Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar
Ashton Turner would be upset to have lost the last game against the Adelaide Strikers by 71 runs. It was a terrible show from their batsmen as they bundled out for mere 94 runs in the game. Turner would like his side to believe it was a bad day at the office and play with a positive frame of mind as they take on the Strikers once again. He is leading a strong side and would expect his players to perform to their full potential here.
They will need Jason Roy and Josh Inglis to start off well after the pair failed to convert their starts in the last game. In the middle order the side has good strength with the experience of Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro and Mitchell Marsh. Lower down the order the side has good firepower in players like Turner, Aaron Hardie and Jhye Richardson as all these players can do the big hitting.
The new ball pair of Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson did well in the last game and they would be expected to strike early. Andrew Tye hasn’t been consistent and as a specialist in this format the side would be expecting a better show from him here. Marsh bowled well in the last game and this is good news for the side and he would look to keep the Strikers under check in the middle overs along with Fawad Ahmed and Hardie.
Ashton Turner (c), Josh Inglis (wk), Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0.15 mm.||4.35 k/h||From: SE||86%|
|03h||21||0 mm.||4.98 k/h||From: SE||95%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||5.33 k/h||From: ESE||64%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||4.54 k/h||From: SE||46%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||4.19 k/h||From: SE||60%|
|15h||19||0.12 mm.||4.01 k/h||From: SE||99%|
|18h||18||0.15 mm.||4.07 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|21h||19||0.13 mm.||4.87 k/h||From: SE||99%|
The skies over Adelaide would be slightly overcast on December 31 but this isn’t likely to be much of a problem as the pitch is expected to be a good one to bat on. The bowlers will get early assistance on the surface but batsmen can hit through the line at this venue. A score of 170 runs would be good one to defend on this track.
Adelaide Oval is a good track where the batsmen have always enjoyed batting with the short boundaries around the square offering plenty of scoring opportunities to the batsmen. Fast bowlers have done well at this venue in the past as the track is hard and offers lot of bounce but spinners have struggled here considering the dimensions of the ground.
The surface looked a good one to bat at the start of the game and the ball started troubling the batsmen in the second half of the game. The two skippers would have this in their mind as they play the next game and they are likely to opt for batting first upon winning the toss.
Perth Scorchers have pressure mounting on them after poor show so far in the tournament. They haven’t won a game and loss here would deliver a killer blow to their prospects. The side would look for a good team effort which we haven’t seen so far from them. Adelaide Strikers are in the midst of a beautiful run and have won three out of their last four games. They have momentum on their side and this would make them favorites in this contest.
Adelaide Strikers to win