After a loss at Coffs Harbour in the reverse fixture, Adelaide Strikers will hope for swift revenge over Sydney Sixers when they play at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.
The Strikers have seven points from six matches (W3, L2, NR1), but have lost their last two games. The Sixers are tied at the top on ten points from seven matches (W5, L2) and are on a four-match winning run and looking to continue that.
As the season continues to move towards the business end, the Strikers continue to enjoy the consistencies of their three batsmen, each of who aggregate 200+. Alex Carey (234 runs, SR 124.46) leads them from the front, before he departs for national duty, ably supported by Jake Weatherald and Jonathon Wells.
Bowling continues to revolve around Rashid Khan (eight wickets, ER 7.96), while Peter Siddle (ER 7.25) remains their best bet at controlling things. Overall, the Strikers remain a consistent unit that can challenge any side on its day.
The Sixers have been having batting issues of their own, with just two individual fifties so far this season. Both have come from Josh Philippe (256 runs, SR 130.61), who continues to impress at the top. Captain Moises Henriques could be back after his short paternal leave, while Daniel Hughes (168 runs, SR 130.23) will look to contribute again.
While Sean Abbott (11 wickets) remains out injured, Tom Curran (nine wickets), Ben Dwarshuis and Lloyd Pope (eight wickets each) remain strong as a bowling unit.
The Sixers showed the Strikers in the preceding game that they can be a handful. There is a lot of consistency about this Sixers unit, although their batting – especially the individual scores – haven’t been as good as expected. The Strikers will be happy to be back at home, but need to do more to get back to winning ways.
History & Statistics
- The Strikers have the highest score in power plays in three of their last four matches.
- The Strikers have lost their last three matches against the Sixers.
- The Sixers have conceded 3.5 sixes per average this season, among the lowest.
- The Sixers have scored the most 6s in six of their seven matches this season.
- The Sixers have had the best opening partnership in five of their seven matches this season.
- The last three H2Hs were won by the chasing side.
Weatherald has been the impressive player for the Strikers, not getting carried away with the presence and effectiveness of Carey. His runs at the top could once again be crucial for the Strikers.
Pope continues to attract attention wherever he goes, thanks to his style and mannerisms that are similar to Shane Warne. However, this season has seen him get amongst the wickets too.