Big Bash League Predictions: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers
January 8, 2020
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers lock horns for the 2nd time in 3 days when the Big Bash League 2019-20 returns for another double-header on Wednesday. The 27th match of the season will see Sydney Sixers travel to Adelaide after winning the reverse fixture by 7 wickets on Sunday.
Sydney Sixers have done immensely well to keep themselves on the 2nd place in the table after losing 2 of the first 3 games. They have won their last 4 games, including 1 in Super Over, and have joined most points- 10- in BBL 2019-20 so far.
Meanwhile, Adelaide Strikers are just below their opponents in the standings, separated by just 3 points. They would be eager to avenge their loss against the same opponent in the last game while also breaking free of Sydney Thunder, also 7 points in the table.
The last game between the sides saw Australian pacer Josh Hazelwood play his first T20 game since featuring against India during the T20 World Cup in March 2016.
Adelaide Strikers performance in Big Bash League:
The Strikers would be keen to improve their fielding after dropping Josh Philippe, who later returned to haunt them, twice in the match. Cameron White first dropped Philippe on 26 and then Neser dropped him on 50 in the 16th over.
The Strikers were well into the game by that time, having posted a respected total of 176 on board.
Alex Carey reached his personal milestone, becoming just the 3rd player to score 1000 runs for the Strikers.
Sydney Sixers performance in Big Bash League:
Josh Philippe was the star in the last game, against Adelaide. However, he will have to be careful, given he was dropped twice on his innings of 83.
Meanwhile, Australian test paceman Josh Hazlewood made a successful return from injury.
Hazlewood, having missed the past two Tests against New Zealand with a hamstring injury, took 1-18 from his four overs.
Justin Avendano, who was deputising for regular Sixers captain Moises Henriques, hit his highest BBL score in his fourth game, striking sixes over midwicket off pacemen Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake. He scored 47 off 33 to give Sixers a flying start and might get a chance again.
Henriques had missed the game to be with the side of his wife, who was expecting a child.
Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers Predicted line-up:
Jake Weatherald, Phil Salt, Matt Short, Alex Carey (c/wk), Jon Wells, Cameron White, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Harry Conway, Billy Stanlake
Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes (c), James Vince, Justin Avendano, Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Lloyd Pope
It will be the 3rd of the 7 games to be played at Adelaide Oval in Big Bash 2019-20.
In the first game at the venue, Adelaide Strikers defended 198in a rain affected game while the second game saw Sydney Thunder edge the Strikers by 3 runs after scoring 168.
Of the 7 games played at the venue last season, 5 were won by the team chasing the total.
169 was the average 1st innings score during the Big Bash 2018-19 and all the teams scored 150 plus runs on the scoreboard.
BBL Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers Prediction
- The 177-run chase by Sydney Sixers was the joint 2nd highest chase in the Big Bash League against the Adelaide Strikers. Brisbane Heat chased down 186 in a last-ball thriller in 2012-13 season and also 177 in the 2018-19 edition.
- The Sydney Sixers has won each of their last three BBL matches against the Strikers; all the three coming while chasing a target. Before this 7-wicket win, the Sixers beat the Strikers by 6 wickets and 8 wickets respectively in the 2018-19 season matches at the Adelaide Oval and Sydney respectively.
- Josh Philippe now has recorded three 80+ scores in the Big Bash League; the most by any player for the Sydney Sixers. He also has the highest individual BBL score for the Sixers of 86* in the previous edition. His 83* against Strikers is now the 5th highest BBL score for the Sixers.
- Alex Carey is now one of the 34 players to have aggregated 1000 runs in the Big Bash League. He is only the 3rd player to have scored 1000 BBL runs for the Adelaide Strikers. Travis Head and Jake Weatherald have scored 1051 and 1047 runs respectively for the Strikers.
- Josh Hazlewood featured in a Big Bash League game for the first time in 5 years and 334 days. His last appearance came way back in February 2014. Only Nick Buchanan spent more than five years between his two BBL appearances.
- The last game between the sides saw 356 runs and 15 sixes.