Adelaide Strikers look to seal playoff berth against inconsistent Perth Scorchers!
Adelaide Strikers to win!
This Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers is a vital clash in the context of the playoffs. While Adelaide Strikers are second with 15 points, Perth Scorchers are fourth with 12 points. A win for the former will all but seal a playoff berth and it may well ensure they finish in the top two.
On the other hand, two wins in as many games will also help the Scorchers seal a playoff berth. However, they may not finish in the top two and will require a lot of results to go their way. No team has blown hot and cold as much as Perth Scorchers in this 2019-20 season of the BBL. They have six wins and as many losses from 12 games.
After a couple of losses where their batting failed miserably, Perth came back strongly to down the Sydney Thunder by a comfortable margin. Meanwhile, Adelaide Strikers stumbled a touch in the middle phase as they lost three games in a row. However, they seem to be back on track. They now have three successive wins from their last three games.
Perth Scorcher's top-order has been very good. Three of them have amassed more than 300 runs and are striking in excess of 150. Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone form a dangerous pair. Both batters have the ability to take the game away from the opposition early on. Inglis has scored 382 runs at a strike-rate of 155.28 while Livingstone strikes at 150.23 while amassing 326 runs.
Skipper Mitchell Marsh has been the talisman and is the second-highest run-getter for the Scorchers. He has scored 367 runs at an average of 40.77 and a strike-rate of 151.02. Marsh has chipped in with the ball but hasn’t looked at his best. Cameron Bancroft has been inconsistent at No. 3 and has made 243 runs at an average of 27.00. Meanwhile, Chris Green has been a big disappointment. There are three bowlers who are the joint-leading wicket-takers for the Scorchers.
Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson and Fawad Ahmed - all of them have picked up 14 wickets from 12 games. While the latter two have an economy of touch above 7, Jordan has been expensive and concedes 8.52 runs per over.
Josh Inglis (wk), Liam Livingstone, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (c), Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Green, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kelly, Fawad Ahmad
Ashton Agar, CT Bancroft, Josh Inglis, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Mitchell Marsh, AJ Turner, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Kurtis Patterson
The batting and bowling have largely fired collectively for the Adelaide Strikers. Jonathan Wells is leading the batting charts while Rashid Khan is doing the same as far as the bowling charts are concerned. Wells has scored 406 runs at an average of 81.20, striking at nearly 134.
Jake Weatherald and Philip Salt form a good opening pair and have done well. While Weatherald has been consistent and has made 352 runs in this season, Salt has a better strike-rate (151.97) and has scored 231 runs. Alex Carey’s return to the middle order is a big boost as skipper Travis Head has blown hot and cold this season.
Carey has played eight games and has accumulated 299 runs at an average of 37.37. Matthew Short has chipped in nicely as well. With the ball, Rashid has picked up 17 wickets. He has also contributed with the bat. Peter Siddle has bowled well too. He isn’t too far behind on the wickets tally and has taken 16 wickets at an average of 15.75. Wes Agar has also bowled really well, taking 13 wickets from nine games.
Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Travis Head (c), Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Alex Carey (wk), Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake
Michael Neser, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, WA Agar, Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, TM Head, Billy Stanlake, JW Wells
It is expected to be a clear day in Perth. The temperatures will range between 22 and 27 degrees during the game with humidity being around 40-45%. Perth usually produces some very good batting tracks and there have been high scores at this venue. There is also some decent pace and bounce for the fast bowlers.
It’s been only a little over two years since the new stadium in Perth was unveiled. Since then, it has become the cricket centre and the famous WACA has faded away. Perth has been a high-scoring venue and barring one game, where Perth Scorchers were bowled out for 86, all the other games have seen teams batting first post at least 150.
After the first couple of games at this venue this season, teams have opted to bat first more often than not at Perth. They have tended to set a score and later defend it. Hence, we could continue to see the same and the team winning the toss might bat first. In fact, four out of the six games so far have been won by teams batting first.
Adelaide Strikers will go in as slight favorites. They’ve been in good form and have been producing some excellent results. Their batting has been a big plus while the bowling has come along nicely as well. However, don’t count Perth Scorchers out. They have been inconsistent and can come back to bite you.
Adelaide Strikers to win!