Adelaide Strikers will face off Perth Scorchers for the second time on Thursday (December 31) at Adelaide Oval in the 21st match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
In their first meeting with Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Strikers registered a comfortable victory bundling out them for 94 runs while defending 167 runs target. Alex Carey-led Strikers, who are at number third position in the points table, will look to maintain their winning strike against Scorchers at their home.
Here, let’s take a look at how Adelaide Strikers playing XI might shape in against Perth Scorchers:
Phil Salt ended his run drought against Perth Scorchers. He scored his maiden half-century of this season against them. Before this match, he was out even before touching 30 runs mark. His return is a big boost for the Adelaide Strikers, who were lacking in an opening partnership in previous matches.
After scoring an unbeaten century in the second match of Adelaide Strikers, Jake Weatherald hasn’t managed to get decent runs. In the last match, he consumed 23 balls but scored just 18 balls. He needs to consistent at the top to give a good base to the team and take off the pressure from the middle-order to get runs on the board.
Matt Renshaw has also departed early without making any significant contribution. Against Scorchers, he was out after scoring just three runs when Adelaide Striker needed partnership after the loss of openers. Overall in five matches, he has scored 76 runs. Strikers want him to build innings to put a good total on the board.
Alex Carey (c & wk):
In his last three innings, Alex Carey after scoring a century has been out for nine and five runs respectively. The wicketkeeper-batsman is leading the team perfectly as after putting a below-par total, Adelaide Strikers have been able to take the game home.
But Carey needs to work on his individual batting performance to guide the side to a big total.
The right-hand batsman Jonathan Wells has not been very impressive. He has only crossed 30 runs mark twice out of five 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 Perth Scorcher.
Short has also not lived up to the expectation. The right-hand batsman was out for a duck against Hobart Hurricanes when Adelaide Striker met them a second time. The spin bowling all-rounder had a couple of times got the opportunity to be the match-winner but he has given away his wicket cheaply.
Although he has not been given much opportunity to the ball, he has not been much effective with his part-time bowling.
After Adelaide Strikers had lost six wickets for 135 against Perth Scorchers, the Afghan spinner 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.
Apart from his part-time batting, he got on the nerves of Scorchers batsmen. He picked up two wickets and gave away 18 runs in 18 balls. Rashid Khan will look to continue his good form in the coming matches after having an unsatisfactory start to the season.
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 Roya 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, was thrashed by Brisbane Heat’s captain. He went on to give away 41 runs in his four overs although picked two wickets of lower-order batsmen.
Against Scorchers, he picked two wickets but gave away 23 runs in three overs. Albeit he has been the wicket-taker for Adelaide Strikers, Siddle needs to control the run rate.
Wes Agar is the crucial player for Adelaide Strikers in the bowling department. Against Perth Scorchers, he picked two important wickets of Josh Inglis and the captain Ashton Turner to halt them to just 94 runs. In three overs, he was economical as well, conceding 16 runs.
The English cricketer was bowling gas against Scorchers. He picked the crucial wicket of Mitchell Marsh and Jhye Richardson and choked their middle-order to score runs against them. Moreover, in his three overs, he gave away only eight runs and was struck for only a boundary. Playing his maiden season, Danny Briggs has come out as an all-important bowler for Adelaide Strikers.