Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers, free match prediction

29 Jan 2019 | 13:30 | Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
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Sydney Sixers beat Adelaide Strikers by 8 wickets

Sydney Sixers to win the Match
  • Against the Hobart Hurricanes last time out, Josh Philippe and James Vince put on 167 together – the highest partnership for the Sixers in BBL history.
  • The Sixers beat the Hurricanes by nine wickets one game after the Hobart side thumped the Adelaide Strikers by 10 wickets themselves.
  • The SCG has been one of the most variable match venues in terms of scores – at the time of writing it has seen the sixth-highest match aggregate (345) and fifth-lowest (220).

Our prediction is Sydney Sixers to win!

  • Tournament: Big Bash League 2018/19
  • Format: Twenty20
  • Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
  • Toss: To Bowl
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Match Preview

Match 45 of the Big Bash League sees Sydney Sixers welcome reigning champions Adelaide Strikers to the Sydney Cricket Ground. While the home side are looking to solidify their position in the top four, the Strikers are in danger of doing what the Sixers did in BBL2 and following up winning the title with a failure to reach the semi-finals.

This is the Sixers’ fourth straight match at home and they have won their last two and they come up against a Strikers side that has now lost three in a row – one home and two away. When they met earlier in the tournament in Adelaide, the Sixers ran out six-wicket winners but in this corresponding fixture last season, the Strikers won by six runs.

Throughout Big Bash League history, this match-up has been quite even, with the Strikers edging it by five wins to four. Prior to the win earlier in the year, the Strikers had won three in a row and they have never lost at the SCG.

Teams Preview

Sydney Sixers Preview

The Sixers were a little up and down at the start of the tournament but have come on strong in the last few games, taking advantage of a string of home matches. They have had the better of Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes on slow, turning tracks. That latter game was arguably the performance of the tournament so far as they hammered the league leaders by nine wickets as Josh Phillipe and James Vince broke all sorts of records during their unbeaten second-wicket partnership.

In Philippe and Daniel Hughes at the top of the order, they look to have a settled opening partnership now and Vince has now notched two 70-plus scores in his last two innings – already scoring more runs that Joe Denly, the man he replaced. With those recent performances in mind, it would be very surprising if they were to make any changes to their starting line-up.

Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing XI:

Josh Phillipe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshius, Steve O’Keefe, Lloyd Pope, Ben Manenti 

Sydney Sixers Key Players From Previous Game Of Big Bash League 2018/19

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
J Philippe 86 49 9 3 175.51
J Vince 74 50 6 2 148
D Hughes 6 4 1 0 150
Bowlers O M R W Econ
B Manenti 4.0 0 29 1 7.25
B Dwarshuis 3.0 0 25 1 8.33
S Abbott 3.0 0 26 1 8.67
Bowlers O M R W Econ
B Manenti 4.0 0 29 1 7.25
B Dwarshuis 3.0 0 25 1 8.33
S Abbott 3.0 0 26 1 8.67

Sydney Sixers Actual Playing XI:

Steve O'Keefe, Jack Edwards, B Dwarshuis, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Benjamin Manenti, Sean Abbott

Adelaide Strikers Preview

This season has been something of a struggle for the Adelaide Strikers with players who performed so well last season not firing and they have also lost key men to international duty at bad times. They have a 50-50 record on the road this season but with just four games left, they are running out of time to secure that semi-final place. The problem is their recent losses haven’t been close – Sydney Thunder beat them by 71 runs, the Hurricanes by 10 wickets and Melbourne Stars by 44 runs. The last two defeats came after they won the toss and chose to field first.

Colin Ingram is the only batsman to have scored a half-century for the Strikers in their last four matches and nobody passed 40 against the Stars last time out. The bowlers therefore have had little to bowl at but they have struggled. The Strikers are missing Travis Head and Peter Siddle to Australia duty and there is only so much Rashid Khan can do – but on a turning track they will be relying on him heavily.

Adelaide Strikers Predicted Playing XI:

 Alex Carey (wk), Jake Weatherald, Jake Lehmann, Colin Ingram (c), Jonathan Wells, Rashid Khan, Matt Short, Michael Neser, Ben Laughlin, Liam O’Connor, Billy Stanlake.

Adelaide Strikers Key Players From Previous Game Of Big Bash League 2018/19

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
J Lehmann 40 32 4 0 125
A Carey 30 23 4 0 130.43
B Laughlin 14 10 2 0 140
Bowlers O M R W Econ
R Khan 4.0 0 32 1 8
B Stanlake 4.0 0 26 0 6.5
M Neser 4.0 0 30 0 7.5
Bowlers O M R W Econ
R Khan 4.0 0 32 1 8
B Stanlake 4.0 0 26 0 6.5
M Neser 4.0 0 30 0 7.5

Adelaide Strikers Actual Playing XI:

Michael Neser, Jake Lehmann, Ben Laughlin, Matthew Short, Colin Ingram, Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, JW Wells

Pitch And Weather Conditions

The SCG track has been slow and provided plenty of assistance for spinners in the most recent matches. Lots of rain is forecast between now and the game, which could take a little bit of life out of the surface. It should be clear by the time the game gets underway.

Venue

The SCG has now hosted 47 domestic Twenty20 matches and the side batting second has won 25 times to the side batting first’s 21, with one tie. The average score batting first is 154 but this season that has dropped to 151, despite scores in excess of 170 in the last two matches.

Toss: To Bowl

The side batting second has won three out of five matches at the SCG this season and both of these sides have favoured batting second throughout the tournament. While the Strikers prefer to bat first at home, they have tended to want to chase away from home so both captains are likely to want to field first.

Winning Prediction

This is almost last-chance saloon for the Strikers and instead of a home match against a side struggling, they have to travel to a Sixers side playing some of the best cricket they have played in some time. With a settled batting line-up and an attack that is getting the most out of the spin-friendly SCG pitch, this could be the end of the Strikers’ semi-final chances – if all goes to form, the Sixers should win this one and take another giant step towards their first semi-final appearance since 2017.

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Author: John Pennington