Coming off from a defeat, Adelaide Strikers will take on Melbourne Stars for the first time on Monday (January 11) in the 36th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Adelaide Strikers led by Australia’s limited over wicketkeeper Alex Carey has won four matches while have lost five matches in nine matches played so far. They are currently at number four position in the points table with 17 points.
Here, let’s take a look at how Adelaide Strikers playing XI might shape in against Melbourne Renegades:
After losing his wickets early, Phil Salt registered his highest score of this tournament in the last match against Melbourne Renegades. He amassed 59 runs off 42 balls in which he struck three fours and three sixes but it could not end up winning the match.
Strikers are lacking in an opening partnership which has been the significant cause of losing their previous matches. The Aussie need to chip in and give them a good base.
Matt Renshaw and Phil Salt build up a strong opening partnership in the last match. He scored 30 runs off 23 balls in which he struck five fours but it went into vain. Adelaide Strikers will be hoping that they give them such match-winning partnerships in the coming matches.
Alex Carey (c & wk):
The skipper Alex Carey has always stepped in whenever the team needed him most with the bat. And it was also seen against Perth Scorchers. He scored 82 runs off 59 balls in which he smacked 12 fours and one six to push Adelaide Strikers past 130 after the early fall of top-order and middle-order. In the last match as well, he played a fiery knock scoring 42 runs off 25 balls, striking three sixes and three fours.
The right-hand batsman Jonathan Wells has not been very impressive. He has only crossed 30 runs mark twice out of six matches played for Adelaide Strikers.
Being the middle-order batsman, he needs to accelerate the innings for the side. Strikers will hope that he could play a big and aggressive knock against Melbourne Stars.
Ryan Gibson has returned in the playing XI for the good. Against Melbourne Renegades in the first meeting, he stitched up a match-winning partnership with Weatherald to stabilize Adelaide Strikers’ innings. He remained not out and scored 43 runs off 31 balls at the strike rate of 138.71.
Jake Weatherald has been pushed down the order which has been a good decision so far. Against Melbourne Renegades in the first match, he scored a half-century in the last match when the middle-order lost the wicket consecutively. The left-hand batsman amassed 51 runs off 25 runs to push the total past 160.
Apart from his bowling masterpiece, Rashid Khan has amazed opposition with his powerful batting.
After Adelaide Strikers had lost six wickets for 135 against Perth Scorchers in the first meeting, the Afghan spinner Rashid Khan came to dismantle their bowling attack. He struck back to back three sixes and a boundary to score 29 runs in 13 balls to push the total past 150 before losing his wicket.
Rashid Khan will look to continue his good form in the coming matches after having an unsatisfactory start to the season.
In the first meeting against Perth Scorchers, he was not economical but was among the leading wicket-takers. He registered an economy rate of 8.70 in 3.2 overs but picked the crucial wicket of Jason Roy and one of tail-ender, Fawad Ahmed. The pacer has been the vital cog for Adelaide Strikers in this season.
Siddle, who registered a five-wicket haul against Hobart Hurricanes, send back the lower-order of Melbourne Renegades in the first meeting early. He picked the wicket of Imad Wasim, Noor Ahmed and Kane Richardson in his 3.1 overs. But he could not replicate the same in their second meeting, which was also the last match. The veteran will want to redeem against Melbourne Stars.
Wes Agar is the crucial player for Adelaide Strikers in the bowling department. Against Melbourne Renegades in the first meeting, he picked three important wickets to halt them to just 111 runs. In four overs, he was economical as well, conceding 23 runs. But he went expensive in the last match.
The English cricketer was bowling gas against Melbourne Renegades in the first meeting. He picked two wickets while chocked the middle-order to score runs against him. In his four overs, he gave away only 17 runs and registered an impressive economy rate of 4.25 He will look to replicate a similar performance against Melbourne Stars.