The 27th game of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
The match starts at 03:10 PM local time (04:40 AM GMT) (10:10 AM IST). This match will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
The Adelaide Strikers will face the Sydney Sixers in a quick rematch after losing to them only on Sunday (January 5). This time around though the Strikers will be facing the opposition in front of their fans at the Adelaide Oval which will definitely make a massive difference to the team. In the previous face-off, the Sixers chased down 177 with seven wickets in hand thanks to Josh Philippe’s unbeaten 83.
As far as the standings are concerned, the Men in Magenta are at the second position after playing seven matches with five wins and 10 points to their name. The Strikers are only behind them with three wins in six matches and two losses. A win in this encounter will strengthen their place in the top four even as Brisbane Heat is gaining momentum with two consecutive wins.
The weather is absolutely perfect in Adelaide on Wednesday. There is no chance of rain playing spoilsport while the temperature is expected to hover 32-36 Degrees Celsius according to AccuWeather. The players will most probably struggle due to excessive heat.
Two matches have taken place so far at the venue this season with one of them being an 18-over per-side affair. The Strikers though lost the previous game here by just three runs to the Thunder. It seems to be a bat-first wicket though and the trend should continue.
Average first innings score: 168 (Only completed match at the venue this season)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 0; Lost – 1
The 18-over per side match between the Strikers and Scorchers was also won by the team batting first.
Injury and Availability News
Liam O’Connor and Cameron White have been left out of the Adelaide Strikers’ 13-man squad. Wes Agar and Harry Nielsen have replaced them.
Travis Head will return to lead the side for the Strikers on January 12. Alex Carey will leave the team after playing against the Sydney Sixers as he has been selected for the India tour where Australia will play three ODIs.
Sydney Sixers have named an unchanged 13-man squad from the previous game. Moises Henriques is still not available.
Nathan Lyon was expected to play. But his return is delayed due to the thumb injury which he sustained during the third Test against New Zealand.
Probable Playing XIs:
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (C & WK), Jonathan Wells, Harry Nielsen, Matthew Short, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake.
Bench – Cameron Valente, Harry Conway
Josh Philippe (WK), Justin Avendano, Daniel Hughes (C), James Vince, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Jack Edwards, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Lloyd Pope, Josh Hazlewood.
Bench – Ben Manenti, Steve O’Keefe.
For the Strikers, Carey, Salt and Weatherald are decent batsmen while Jonathan Wells has also performed well. Rashid Khan is a must pick in your Dream11 Fantasy team thanks to his all-round heroics. As far as the Sixers are concerned, Philippe will be key as he is fresh from the 83-run knock against the same team. Vince and Silk will also be important along with Curran and Hazlewood.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Josh Philippe
Vice-Captain Options: Alex Carey, James Vince, Rashid Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Josh Philippe (VC), Alex Carey
Batsmen – James Vince, Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald (C), Jonathan Wells, Daniel Hughes
All-rounders – Tom Curran
Bowlers – Lloyd Pope, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Josh Philippe, Alex Carey, Harry Nielsen
Batsmen – James Vince (VC), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Philip Salt (C)
All-rounders – Tom Curran
Bowlers – Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Billy Stanlake
Harry Nielsen is set to play his first match of the season. He had scored an unbeaten 44 in the last match of previous BBL season and also won the player of the match award playing for Australia’s PM XI against Sri Lanka. Nielsen scored his career-best 79 off just 50 balls. He could be picked in Grand League team and can be made VC.
Adelaide Strikers are expected to win this match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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