Our daily Big Bash League preview brings the chin music & BBL tips for Sunday’s game between the resurgent Adelaide Strikers and the Sixers of Sydney at the spiritual home of Big Bash cricket, the Adelaide Oval.
History: Played 8: Strikers 5 V Sixers 3
Last meeting: December 28, 2017: Strikers d Sixers by 8 runs at The SCG, Sydney
Final Thoughts: The Sixers two game unbeaten run came to a dramatic finish at the hands of the Cane Train in Hobart on Friday night, but their needs stay the same!
Once again, the Sixers top order failed. Thats 5 of 6 games without an opening partnership this season and they must shake things ups. Perhaps captain Moises Henriques might take the burden and Denly moves to the middle order. Whichever decisions they make, the Sixers need to increase their scoring capability. Yet to set or reach a total over 165, the Sixers won’t force their way into the finals without regularly hitting 180 plus.
The Strikers return to form continued in Geelong against the Renegades. A sparkling knock from Jake Weatherald (71 from 43) set the base, before Rashid Khan sent the Kookaburra flying. His 21 from 7 balls was spectacular, which then allowed the Strikers world class bowling line up to do the rest. Khan, Billy Stanlake, Michael Neser and Benny Laughlin were all in the wickets, as the Strikers eased to a 32 run win.
The lineups of both teams are quite similar to last year where Alex Carey (83 from 59) took apart the Sixers bowling lineup particularly Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis. Without a quality spin option, the Sixers may struggle to contain the home side. The short sideways boundaries will also suit Carey, Ingram and Weatherald. If the Sixers can knock over the Strikers top order cheaply, the weak middle order is exposed.