About the Match
The Sydney Sixers cannot seem to catch a break at the moment and are in desperate need of a win. They host the Adelaide Strikers at home, a team that is undergoing its own transformation but one that started off with a convincing victory against the Sydney Thunder. This is a match that is much more important for the Sixers than the Strikers and could determine their entire campaign.
The finalists from last year are finding it tough to kickstart their BBL 07. Two losses from two matches are not something they would have expected but there is still time to turn things around. A look at their batting shows that the Sixers have got starts but not been able to convert them into something more significant.
Moises Henriques and Daniel Hughes were the two players that led the Sixers batting last time around and they have looked in good touch in the first two matches as well. Encouragingly, Nic Maddinson has also shown signs of the kind of form that propelled him into the national team. The biggest problem for the Sixers has been their overseas players.
Jason Roy continues to be extremely inconsistent and we don’t understand why he is rated so highly. His past record at the BBL suggests that he is maybe going to play one good inning out of 5 which is just not good enough for an international recruit batting at the top of the order.
Sam Billings played a good hand in the first match but he too will need to help his team win some matches quickly or risk being swapped out.
Stephen O’Keefe and Johan Botha have been the best bowlers for the Sixers while young Daniel Sams had an excellent first game and a terrible second. We are still not sure what we are going to get Sams at the moment.
The Sixers may be down but they are definitely not out and we are backing their batting to come good very soon.
This Strikers unit is unrecognizable from the one they had last year and while there was some concern about how they would adjust to all the changes, Jason Gillespie seems to have done a good job at getting the team combination right.
The Adelaide Strikers are a bowling heavy team and they showed that in the last game. Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, and Ben Laughlin all had an excellent game and basically crushed the fight out of the Sydney Thunder right there.
They were up against the Sydney Thunder, though, a team which is overly dependent on Shane Watson. They will face a much stiffer challenge against the Sydney Sixers.
Rashid Khan showed plenty of variation and showed why he is being regarded as the Strikers secret weapon. His figures of 2 for 22 from 4 overs are not only brilliant by themselves, they also helped put the pressure on the opposition and brought wickets for the other bowlers.
With Billy Stanlake as the tall quick in this lineup and Travis Head to provide some very useful overs, the Strikers have their bowling covered. It is their batting which has us a little worried.
The Adelaide Strikers need Travis Head to lead the way because other players like Cary, Ingram, Weatherald, and Lehmann are goo without being in the same league. Colin Ingram came into this series with a huge reputation thanks to his exploits in the NatWest T20 blast but we think he will struggle against genuine pace in the BBL.
The runs have to come from Travis Head, who looked very good in his brief inning in the first match and will raise hopes of a season similar to the one he had a couple of year ago which catapulted him in the Australian limited overs set-up.
This is a team in transition with some excellent strengths and a few potential weaknesses for the opponents to exploit.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather in Sydney is expected to be a little cloudy over the next few days, however, we should be able to get a full game in without any trouble. The pitch will be on the slower side and offer something in it for the spinners. We think the team with the better performance from their spinners will win this game.
The Strikers have won three out of the last five matches against the Sixers including the two most recent ones. In this match, though, we are backing the Sydney Sixers to find form and register their first victory of the season.
Back the Sydney Sixers to win