About the Match
The Strikers continue to be winless and are at the bottom of the table with zero points; they will host Sydney Sixers, who are placed third with 4 points, in the upcoming match at Adelaide on 31st December and try to make a turnaround with the support of their fans. While Strikers lost their games against Scorchers and Heat after failing to chase down formidable totals on both occasions, Sixers have defeated Scorchers and Thunders till now thanks to an all-round effort with bat and ball. The team that can overcome their nerves here will be better placed to emerge victorious.
The batting line-up consists of players like Ben Dunk, Weatherald, Travis Head, Kieron Pollard and captain Brad Hodge, who slammed 56 off 33 against Scorchers recently. All-rounder Kane Richardson did well in the same match, scoring a well-made 45 off just 28 deliveries; however, his antics weren’t enough to steer the team across the finish line during the chase for 198. Earlier, the bowlers proved to be too expensive with Chris Jordan and Pollard finishing with more than 10 runs per over. Neser and Richardson took 3 wickets between them but they couldn’t stop the opposition’s run-flow.
Against Brisbane Heat too, the bowlers were ineffective and although Pollard, Jordan and Richardson provided regular breakthroughs, the batsmen had to chase a formidable total of 207. Dunk put up a tremendous show, scoring 85 from 43 balls while Weatherald kept the tempo up with a well-made half-century; Head and Hodge got the runs flowing but the others down the line couldn’t face the pressure, losing the match by a narrow 10 runs.
Overall, they have an experienced batting and bowling unit with stalwarts like Pollard, Hodge and Richardson; they can bounce back and try to make a fresh start here on Saturday.
The bowlers did a commendable job against Scorchers, restricting them to 130 runs by taking regular wickets and putting up economical spells; the batsmen then chased down the target with ease to win the match by 6 wickets. The Sixers have performed well with bat and ball till now, and look strong enough to pull off another win here.
The bowling team consists of spinners like Johan Botha, Steve O’Keefe and William Somerville, who have been consistently taking wickets and stifling the opposition. Fast-bowlers Sean Abbott, Joe Mennie, Dwarshius and Doug Bollinger too have proved to be a tough challenge and can demolish the opponents with their variations and left-right combinations.
Sam Billings and Moises Henriques are in good form with the bat and can build a strong foundation for the team; Henriques led from the front with a superb 76 off 41 against Thunder to take the team across the finish line while chasing 160. Haddin, Jordan Silk, Hughes, Roy and Botha bring stability to the middle order and could help set a big target or chase one comfortably here.
The Strikers are yet to win a match but they could leverage the home advantage to bounce back; however, with their winning form and can-do attitude, we feel that Sixers are clear favorites to win