On Sunday (January 3), Adelaide Strikers will lock horns with the Sydney Sixers in the 26th match of the Big Bash League (BBL 2020-21). They will be meeting second time in the ongoing season. In their first meeting, Sixers won the match by 38 runs.
Adelaide Strikers, who are at number four position in the points table, are coming off a defeat against Perth Scorchers. Apart from their captain Alex Carey, no other batsman could even touch 20 runs mark which resulted in them setting a below-par target of 147 runs. It was not enough to defend against Scorchers, who have Mitchell Marsh and Jason Roy in their batting line up.
Here, let’s take a look at how Adelaide Strikers playing XI might shape in against Perth Scorchers:
After scoring a half-century, Phil Salt was out for four runs in the last match, which was the second meeting with Perth Scorchers. He hasn’t managed to give a good start to the team.
Scorchers 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.
After scoring an unbeaten century in the second match of Adelaide Strikers, Jake Weatherald hasn’t managed to get decent runs. In the first meeting with Perth Scorchers, he consumed 23 balls but scored just 18 balls.
Weatherald needs to be 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 Perth Scorchers, he was out after scoring 19 runs when Adelaide Striker needed partnership after the loss of openers. Overall in five matches, he has scored 85 runs.
Strikers want him to build innings to put a good total on the board.
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 in the last match 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. However, his knock could not help Adelaide Strikers to secure the win.
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 Sydney Sixers.
Short has also not lived up to the expectation. 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. The right-hand batsman was out for six runs against Perth Scorchers when Adelaide Strikers met them for the second time. He has not been much effective with his part-time bowling.
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.
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.
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, 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 in the first meeting. 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.