Team Chance of Winning:
- With an excellent amalgamation of specialists and all-rounders, Adelaide Strikers are a better-balanced side between the two, at least on paper
- Adelaide Strikers are coming off seven wins on the trot and will be brimming with confidence
- Jonathan Wells, Alex Carey, Matthew Short, and Peter Siddle are in excellent form and will be difficult to deal with
After a long bout of exciting cricket that had various obstacles, we are finally into the last two matches in the Big Bash League 2021. Against all odds, Adelaide Strikers have made it into the final three and will now be looking to go all the way. They will first be meeting Sydney Sixers in the first Challenger match, the winner of which will qualify for the final to take on Perth Scorchers.
This match between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers is to be played on Wednesday, 26th January 2021 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. Both sides have had terrific runs respectively in the tournament up until now and will be raring to go here. A cracker of a contest is certainly on the cards and this is definitely not the one to miss out.
Date: January 26, 2022
Time: 01:45 PM (IST)
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Live Streaming: Sony LIV App
TV: Sony Sports Network
Pitch and Weather Conditions:
The weather forecast for Sydney is quite good and we are not expecting any rain to spoil the proceedings. The pitch at the Sydney has been very good this season. The dimensions of the ground are small and so there are likely to be a lot of sixes hit. You can look at the Over/Under line for the Total Sixes in the Match betting market. We would recommend going ‘Over’ looking at the talent on both sides.
Sydney Sixers (SYS):
Sydney Sixers may have been the second-best side in the competition based on the final standings on the points table, they would certainly be disappointed with the way they did in their last few matches. They were in contention of finishing at the top of the ladder at one stage but eventually had to settle for the second spot. Also, with some poor results in the middle of the tournament, they dropped down to the third spot before bouncing back to the second.
Sydney Sixers are coming off a disastrous last match and have a bit of work to do in this upcoming match. Although their batting has done well in totality, it has also crashed more than any other side in the competition. In the last match as well, they looked to be getting knocked down for a total of less than a hundred before Ben Dwarshius slammed an unanticipated fifty, scoring 66 off 28, to take them to a total of 141.
On paper, Sydney Sixers have a pretty good side on paper, but the absence of Jack Edwards is big. Also, Daniel Hughes is still uncertain to be a part of this upcoming game and if he does not, it will leave the Sixers’ middle-order a bit fragile. With Phillipe, Avendano, Henriques, and Silk being the primary batsmen in their order, they do have a huge reliance on their all-rounders in Dan Christain, Sean Abbott, and Hayden Kerr. Failure in getting off to a good start can very easily backfire and that has happened so often with them. On the bowling front, however, they have a pretty good unit with specialists available for the job along with ample variety in the form of all-rounders.
All in all, Sydney Sixers have a decent side, but their inconsistency of late casts a doubt on how they are going to do in this upcoming match. They would need Josh Phillipe to get back to his dangerous best. He would need support from the rest of the batsmen and if that happens, Sydney Sixers will be a very difficult side to get past.
Likely XI: Josh Philippe, J Avendano, Nicholas Bertus, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, DT Christian, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Michael Lyon, Steve O’Keefe.
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Adelaide Strikers (ADS):
If the Strikers are able to win the title this year, it would be safe to say it to be the most extraordinary turn of events. If even they don’t, they would head out of the tournament with their heads held high, especially given the way they have done in their recent matches. They looked down and out at one stage with many of their first-choice players unavailable, but they have made a fantastic comeback and all seems to be falling back in place now.
At one stage, their batting looked completely over-reliant on Matthew Short and Jonathan Wells, but in the back-end of the league stage, Ian Cockbain proved to be a wonderful addition to their playing eleven. On the bowling front, the absence of Wes Agar and Rashid Khan was huge on paper, but the way Peter Siddle delivered the good for them, it was certainly a commendable effort.
Adelaide Strikers come into this upcoming match with seven consecutive wins behind them. Besides, they have almost a full-strength side available, minus Rashid Khan and Wes Agar of course. On paper as well, they seem to be an immaculately balanced side with their all-rounders contributing. Ian Cockbain, Matthew Short, Alex Carey, Peter Siddle, and Jonathan Wells have all been brilliant in the recent matches and will be itching to go.
All in all, Adelaide Strikers are not only an immaculately balanced side now, they also have momentum backing them. They are coming off a close win over Sydney Thunder, a win that would have given them an immense amount of confidence. If they are able to repeat what they have done in their recent matches, getting past them could be incredibly difficult.
Likely XI: Matt Short, Alex Carey, IA Cockbain, Travis Head, Jonathan Wells, Matt Renshaw, Thomas Kelly, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway, Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed.
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Sydney Sixers Squad: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince, Steve O’Keefe
Adelaide Strikers Squad: Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head (c), Spencer Johnson, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matthew Renshaw, Liam Scott, Peter Siddle, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall, George Garton, Ryan Gibson, Fawad Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Matt Short, Jake Weatherald