About the Match
The Strikers suffered their third consecutive defeat in the series today against Perth Scorchers as they lost the encounter by 5 runs; they will now face Brisbane Heat on Saturday in the 26th game of the BBL series at the Adelaide Oval Ground. While the hosts have 5 points with NRR of -1.038, Brisbane Heat has 4 points and NRR of -0.196; the teams are place at the 5th and 6th position on the points table respectively and this will be a crucial match for both of them if they want to keep their campaign alive this season.
Set with a huge total of 204 runs by the Scorchers, Adelaide Strikers started the chase well as the openers Hales and Hughes put up a solid 68-run partnership in 7.3 overs. While Hales posted 31 runs off 19 balls that saw him hit 3 fours and 2 sixes, Hughes went on to score a brilliant 58 runs off 45 balls that comprised of 6 fours and a six. There was a bit of a hiccup in the middle when Dean got run-out after scoring a quick 29 runs off 15 deliveries that saw him hit a couple of boundaries and sixes; his partnership with Hughes looked promising but apart from Reardon who scored 30 off 18 balls, the rest of the batsmen failed to score big runs and fell 5 runs short of the target. Earlier, Richardson had provided the breakthrough with the wicket of Katich in the 2nd over and though Holland and Tait followed it up with 5 wickets, the run-flow couldn’t be stopped and they ended up facing a huge target. The team will be eager to perform better here and come up with a better fight on home turf.
The team only had themselves to blame in the defeat against Melbourne Stars in the last match; the top order collapsed and they struggled at 5-53; Christian and Sabburg provided some relief by posting a 74-run partnership for the 6th wicket. Christian remained unbeaten with a score of 68 runs off 49 deliveries that saw him smash away 4 fours and 3 sixes, but with hardly any support from the other batsmen, he could only help his team achieve 144 runs in the end that was far too less for a team that’s not won a match till now in the series. Hopes was the most damaging in the bowling unit and he took 3 wickets to make the chase a bit challenging for the opponents; Gannon and Steketee took 2 wickets each to provide support in the 2nd innings, but the rest could hardly make a dent on the Stars. This loss came at the back of their massive win against the Thunders and will definitely urge them to perform better against tougher teams.
The league is nearing the semi-final stage and this match will be crucial for both teams to prove themselves here; while the visitors have good resources to back them up, Strikers too will be keen to end their losing streak. The match could swing either side and though both teams are equally matches, Adelaide Strikers with their home advantage look better placed for a win here.
Adelaide Strikers, 1.90 @ Titan Bet