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Adelaide Strikers Women’s hunt for a win after four straight losses
Sydney Thunder Women to win
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
It is a do-or-die game for Adelaide Strikers Women as well as Sydney Thunder Women as they meet in the 38th game of the Women’s Big Bash League 2021. The Adelaide Strikers Women come into this game after a big loss against Melbourne Renegades Women while the Thunder lost to Brisbane Heat Women in their last game. \
The Adelaide Strikers Women are in poor form and the side comes here with four consecutive losses and they would be low on confidence. Their batting line-up hasn’t delivered in the last few games and the side needs to make a turnaround here. Sydney Thunder Women have looked good in recent games, and it would be interesting to see which of the sides wins this contest.
Tahlia McGrath’s side has lost momentum after they started the season with two consecutive wins. The side has lost the last four games and went down against Melbourne Renegades Women by 37 runs in a rain-reduced game. They suffered a batting collapse in the last game. This is a must-win game for them, and McGrath would like her girls to put up their best foot forward.
Dane van Niekerk and Laura Wolvaardt must convert their starts as the rest of the batting has looked in poor shape. The side has suffered middle-order collapses regularly and the onus would be on Madeline Penna, Bridget Patterson, and McGrath to steady the ship in the middle overs. They would also like to see big hits from Amanda Wellington, Sarah Coyte, and Katie Mack towards the end.
Their bowlers haven’t had much to defend in the last few games and the side would like to see early strikes from the new ball pair of Darcie Brown and Megan Schutt. McGrath has been expensive, and she would need to make use of her experience. The side would also like to see tight spells from Coyte, Dane van Niekerk and Wellington in this tight contest.
Tahlia McGrath (c), Dane van Niekerk, Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Madeline Penna, Bridget Patterson, Amanda Wellington, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Sarah Coyte, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
After two consecutive wins that saw the side revive its hopes in the tournament, Hannah Darlington’s side suffered a 5-wicket loss against Brisbane Heat Women in their last game. They wasted a good start and fell 20 runs short of what would have been a good score on the surface. Darlington would know that the Strikers are also in poor form and shall aim to register a big win here.
Tahlia Wilson isn’t scoring runs and she would have an important role to play in this game alongside Smriti Mandhana. Phoebe Litchfield has scored runs in the last few games and she would look forward to setting up partnerships with Corinne Hall and Deepti Sharma. In Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, and Darlington the side has good firepower down the order and runs would be expected from their bat.
Isabelle Wong will have to improve her line after the poor show with the new ball and aim to strike early along with Samantha Bates who has been at her best. Sharma and Darlington are in good form and the side would like them to do the damage here. Johnson and Lauren Smith would be expected to play the supporting role well in this game.
Hannah Darlington (c), Tahlia Wilson (wk), Smriti Mandhana, Phoebe Litchfield, Corinne Hall, Deepti Sharma, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Lauren Smith, Isabelle Wong, Samantha Bates
It would be clear skies over Adelaide on November 09 and in the two games played so far we have seen a flat surface. The ball is expected to come to the bat nicely and batters would be able to play their strokes freely. The side that bats first in the game would need more than 170 runs on the board to feel comfortable here.
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide is a small ground and the flat surface along with shorter square boundaries and batters have enjoyed playing on this track. There is some assistance for the fast bowlers early on in the game, but it is an unforgiving venue for the spinners as the shorter dimensions make it tough for them.
The two games played here at this venue have seen the side batting first win both the games. The wicket has produced lots of runs and there isn’t much for the bowlers. The side winning the toss would like to take advantage of the surface and is likely to opt for batting first in the game.
Adelaide Strikers Women would be under pressure having lost the last four games they have played. Their batters especially those in the middle order have been short of form and this is one area the side would have to make improvements to win this game. Sydney Thunder Women have looked in good form in recent matches and they have their batting line-up doing well and this would give them a slight edge going into this contest.
Sydney Thunder Women to win
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