The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips as Adelaide Strikers bring their round-robin campaign to an end with a key clash against Sydney Sixers.
History: Played 15: Sixers 10 V Strikers 5
Last meeting: December 21, 2021: Sixers d Strikers by 4 wickets (4 balls remaining) at SCG
Final Thoughts: Adelaide Strikers need a win in their final BBL regular-season game to confirm their playoffs spot. A loss to the second-placed Sydney Sixers leaves them vulnerable, with the sixth-placed Melbourne Stars just two points behind.
The Sixers chalked up a four-wicket win over the Strikers at the SCG earlier this season. Sean Abbott (3/24) chewed through the Strikers’ top order and Dan Christian (3/8) stymied a middle order rally as the visitors struggled to 8/147, Thomas Kelly (41 off 34 top-scoring. Jordan Silk (36 off 24) and Abbott (19* off 10) led a streaky chase, getting the Sixers home with four balls to spare. Rashid Khan (3/20) kept the Strikers in the frame until the dying stages.
Strikers thrive amid hectic schedule
The 5-8 Strikers bring some solid momentum into this clash, winning their last three against the Heat (71 runs), Scorchers (6 wickets) and Stars (23 runs) in convincing fashion – in the space of just four days. Rashid Khan’s brilliant 6/17 routed the Heat for just 90. Fawad Ahmed (3/30) and Ian Cockbain (35* off 24) starred in the defeat of the BBL-leading Scorchers, with the Strikers reaching the target of 128 with three overs to spare.
Backing up just 24 hours later, Jono Wells (73 off 49) and Henry Thornton (4/26) engineered the defeat of the Stars. Wells (382 runs at 31.83) sits fifth on the BBL’s run charts, with teammate Matthew Short (359 off 29.91) just two spots behind. Khan’s BBL|11 stint has come to an end.
The Sixers have bounced back from consecutive losses to the Scorchers with victories over the Renegades (45 runs) and Thunder (60 runs) in the past week. Moises Henriques (49 off 35) top-scored against the ’Gades, who were subsequently torn apart by Ben Dwarshuis (5/26). Daniel Hughes (66 off 48), Josh Philippe (57 off 35) and Henriques (47* off 27) combined to lead the Sixers to 5/197 in Saturday’s Sydney Smash. The returning Steve O’Keefe (4/18) and Dwarshuis (2/23) ensured the Thunder’s run-chase was always behind the eight-ball.
Lining up for their fourth game in six days, it shapes as a big ask for the $2.40 underdog Strikers. The Sixers, with Henriques and Philippe rediscovering their early-season form and O’Keefe back on deck, should be too strong as they warm up for a tilt at a third straight title.