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The Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers are two of the best teams in the Big Bash League. The Perth Scorchers have been the most successful side in the history of the BBL while the Adelaide Strikers are the defending champions.
The BBL match between the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers should be an exciting one as both teams are yet to fully get into the groove of things. The Perth Scorchers have lost both their matches in the Big Bash League so far while the Adelaide Scorchers have won one out of their two.
The Scorchers will be desperate to avoid a third consecutive loss while the Adelaide Strikers have some pressing questions to answer about their top-order as well.
The Perth Scorchers go into the BBL Christmas break with zero points to their name. This is an extended season of the Big Bash League and there is nothing to worry about just yet but there will some concerns sprouting in the Perth Scorchers camp.
Their top order has been absolutely shambolic so far. Sam Whiteman, Michael Klinger, and David Willey have been good at the top of the order in the past but they have looked out of touch so far. Sam Whiteman seems to go too hard and does not get his eye in while the other two have played some poor shots as well.
Ashton Turner scored some runs in the last match along with Hilton Cartwright but there was no one after. We are not keen to give up on this Perth Scorchers lineup just yet.
There is plenty of talent here and we especially rate Turner very highly.
If one of Willey or Klinger can get going against the Adelaide Strikers then the Strikers are going to be tough to beat. Their batting order will be mindful of the threat posed by Rashid Khan and thus the responsibility of the top order to make the most of the powerplay increases.
The Perth Scorchers have always been a fantastic bowling attack. This year they have the likes of Coulter-Nile, Richardson, Behrendorff, Agar, and Tye as their frontline bowlers. This is an all-international bowling attack capable of getting past any batting lineup.
The fact that they are going to be up against an Adelaide Strikers side that is struggling with its batting will only boost their confidence further.
M Klinger, Josh Inglis, William Bosisto, AJ Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Agar, David Willey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, AJ Tye, Jason Behrendorff.
The Adelaide Strikers have looked very good in their opening two matches of the BBL for the most part but a few questions need to be answered. The lack of Travis Head in top order has not been easy to overcome. Alex Carey is also going to be on Australian duty when the ODI’s roll around so the Adelaide Strikers need to find some answers quickly.
Jake Weatherald and Colin Ingram are superb players with a proven track record over the previous seasons of the BBL.
Both of them got a start and runs from Matt Short, Jono Wells, and Lehmann down the order would have helped the side feel better as well. The fact of the matter is that the Adelaide Strikers look vulnerable at the top and are playing catch up from here.
The middle order is not going to bail them out every time so Carey and the others must lead from the front. Alex Carey has already played one match winning inning in the tournament where the other batsmen failed to fire as well.
There are some similarities between the manner in which the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers have been assembled. Both sides have laid a premium on getting the best possible bowling attack together.
The Adelaide Strikers have Billy Stanlake, Ben Laughlin, Rashid Khan, Michael Neser, and a mix of other bowlers in the side to complete the overs. This is an extremely talented bowling attack led by Rashid Khan.
There is no country or situation in which Rashid Khan has not excelled. It would be fair to call him perhaps the most important T20 player in the world right now. Having him on your side is a huge plus.
The Adelaide Strikers will know that they can put a struggling Perth Scorchers lineup under real pressure by picking up some early wickets.
Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram, Matthew Short, JW Wells, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Cameron Valente, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake.
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The BBL match between the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers is going to be played at Perth Stadium, Perth. This new stadium has been receiving plaudits for the hard and fast surface it served up for the test match between Australia and India. Pitches don’t change nature so quickly and the same kind of pace and bounce will be on offer for this match as well.
The ball is going to fly and there will be plenty of opportunities for the batsmen to score some runs as well.
The Perth Scorchers have defeated the Adelaide Strikers in the three previous meetings between the two sides. They are going to be playing at home but we don’t think the surface is going to suit them much more than the Adelaide Strikers. Both sides have fast bowlers to make the most of whatever the Perth pitch will offer and it will come down to the batting.
We believe that the Perth Scorchers will recover from their batting woes to win this match.
Back the Perth Scorchers to win.
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