The 26th match of the Big Bash League will be played between the ‘mid-cards’ of the tournament. Third-placed Sydney Sixers will take on the fourth-placed Adelaide Strikers side as the Big Bash League trickles through to the halfway mark.
The Sydney Sixers outfit was dealt a blow as the Brisbane Heat side proved too good for them on January 2nd, 2021. Led by a 23-ball 40 from opener Max Bryant and a whirlwind 31 off just 16 deliveries by Lewis Gregory, Brisbane romped home with 4 wickets to spare.
On the other hand, the Adelaide Strikers have had a mixed campaign thus far. The side has won three out of the six matches that they have played, and are currently sitting at fourth place in the points table. Even though they lost their previous encounter against the Perth Scorchers, they would be buoyed by the fact that their skipper Alex Carey led from the front in the last game by smashing a valiant 59 ball 82.
As far as their bowling is concerned, Wes Agar and Peter Siddle have been on a roll. While Agar is the highest wicket-taker in the league this year having scalped 11 batsmen, Siddle is not far behind, having taken 10 wickets.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Carrara Oval in Queensland has generally been a high scoring one. All the three matches played at this venue have seen the bat dominate ball. On this pitch, batsmen can go for their shots, and the margin for error for the bowlers is pretty low.
Average first innings score
The average first innings score in the three matches played thus far at the Carrara Oval has been 176.
Record of chasing teams
The teams chasing have won all three matches at the Carrara Oval thus far.
Adelaide Strikers Playing XI:
Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Matt Renshaw, Alex Carey(c and wk), Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar.
Bench: Spencer Johnson, Harry Neilsen, Liam Scott, Liam O’Connor,
Sydney Sixers Playing XI:
Josh Philippe, Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes(c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshius, Ben Manenti, Steve OKeefe.
Bench: Nicholas Bertus, Mickey Edwards, Thomas Rogers, Justin Avendano, Benjamin Manenti
Probable Top Performers
Josh Philippe- Sydney Sixers
Josh Philippe continued his good run of form by scoring a brisk 48 at the top of the order against Brisbane Heat. The wicket-keeper batsman is now the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament and has aggregated 220 runs thus far, at an average of 36.66.
Philippe has also been scoring his runs at a very good strike rate of 140.12. If the 23-year-old can kick on and notch a big score against the Adelaide side, then the Sixers will fancy their chances to get back to winning ways.
Adelaide Strikers- Alex Carey
Skipper Alex Carey was in rampaging form in the Strikers’ previous encounter against the Perth Scorchers. In a knock laced with 12 fours and a six, Carey took apart the Scorchers’ bowling attack and single-handedly helped his side to a total of 146.
If Carey can continue his good run of form in the game against the Sydney Sixers on a good batting track, then he will surely give a lot of headache for the Sixers’ bowlers.
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Prediction: The Prediction is for Sydney Sixers to win the match
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