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- Thursday, December 31, 2015 08:10 AM GMT
About the Match
The Strikers will host Sixers in the upcoming match at Adelaide on 31st December and will try to better their position on the table with a win here; currently they are placed fourth with 4 points after 3 matches while the Sixers are in the third place with 4 points after 4 matches. The two teams are facing each other for the first time in the series and it will definitely be a contest between the batsmen who will try to come out all guns blazing and dominate the opposition here. The fans will have a lot to cheer for, this being the New Year’s Eve game, and we are sure to see some fireworks across the park on Thursday.
They won two games at the start, one against Stars and the other against Scorchers; however, their recent match against Thunder exposed some weaknesses in their batting line-up as they were bundled out for a meagre 117 runs batting first. Except Hodge and Jayawardene, who contributed with quick runs, and Rashid down the order, who put up 25 off 18, the others couldn’t impress much and the target was too small for the bowlers to defend.
Earlier against Scorchers, the bowlers led by Rashid and Laughlin, who took 2 wickets apiece, restricted the opponent to 151 runs; the batsmen put up a terrific performance as Jayawardene top scored with 42 runs and Ross scored 38 off 29 balls to take the team safely home to victory by 4 wickets. Head and Hodge stabilize the middle order while Simmons and Ludeman must focus on building a strong foundation.
Overall, they have the resources to bounce back in a home game provided the batsmen can build a competitive total if batting first or come back stronger during a chase. The bowers need to strategize well against Sixers, who can pack a punch under crunch situations too.
Chasing 173 runs against Renegades, Henriques and Lumb scored 60+ runs each to steer their team to a win by 3 wickets; the duo put up a brilliant 101-run stand for the 3rd wicket after quick loss of wickets and they look good to continue with their contribution with the bat. Earlier, the bowlers Abbott, Botha, Henriques and Bollinger took a wicket each but gave away too many runs.
In the recent match against the Stars however, the batting line-up couldn’t post more than 139 runs batting first and the bowlers failed to defend it despite a good performance by Bird, who gave away only 13 runs in 3 overs and Bollinger, who took 2-31. The loss would have impacted their confidence but it’s still early stages in the competition and they will be eager to bounce back to make amends.
They have a good batting line-up with players like Maddinson, Henriques and Jordan Silk in the middle order and Lumb and Haddin as openers; the bowling department looks good with a variety of bowling that can surprise the hosts under pressure situations.
Both teams are well-matched in terms of in-form batsmen and experienced bowlers; while Sixers have the talent and determination to succeed here. Strikers have the home advantage here, but we feel that the visitors will fight harder and resume their winning run on Thursday.