Two teams in the top-half of the Big Bash League standings clash in the maiden BBL game at Coffs Harbour on Sunday when Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers go head-to-head.
This match looks set to be vital in the race for the playoffs considering just one point separates the top-four sides on the ladder.
The Sixers have eight points from six games (W4, L2) and are on a three-match winning run including a Super Over victory over the Sydney Thunder.
The Strikers have seven points from five matches (W3, L1, NR1). They are coming off a loss to the Thunder that ended their three-match winning run.
After a stuttering start, the Sixers’ batting is coming good with four players now aggregating 100+. Daniel Hughes (144 runs, SR 130.90) is shaping up well, and so is James Vince (133 runs, SR 126.66) who is coming back from an injury break.
The Sixers’ bowling has been one of the best and stringent, but the loss of Sean Abbott is damning. Ben Dwarshuis (seven wickets, ER 6.82) has become the key focal point for them now, together with the energetic Tom Curran (nine wickets).
Three of the Strikers’ batsmen have been very impressive through the season and are aggregating 596 runs between them. Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells are once again going to be their star players.
Adelaide’s bowling revolves around the frugal Peter Siddle (five wickets, ER 7.00) and the enterprising Rashid Khan (seven wickets, ER 7.83). With Cameron Valente and Wes Agar contributing over the last two fixtures, the Strikers are slowly becoming a strong unit.
The Sixers are in great form leading into the match having won their last three games. The absence of Abbott was not felt in their recent match and with Vince coming to form, they are find a winning team composition. The Strikers have pivoted their season around their three top-scoring batsmen, but their bowlers have been impressing too. All in all, this fixture has a good ring about it that might see a strong Sixers’ edge things.
History & Statistics
- The team winning the toss has won only one of the last four matches between the Sixers and the Strikers.
- The Sixers have had the highest opening partnership of the match in three of their last four games.
- The Sixers have won the last two H2Hs, but have a 1-2 win-loss H2H record in home fixtures.
- The Sixers have had the highest powerplay score in just two of their five matches, both coming away from home.
- The Strikers have had the highest opening partnership in two of their last three matches.
Curran has been impressing for the Sixers with the ball, the bat and with his impact. There is something about the England all-rounder that makes him vital for the Sixers’ plans of picking another win.
Rashid Khan loves a challenge and the way he nearly got them the win against the Sydney Thunder tells how competitive he is. Another strong all-round performance could be around the corner.