Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers share a competitive rivalry in the BBL. The two teams have faced each other on 21 occasions, with the Strikers winning 10 and the Scorchers claiming 11. The Strikers are coming off three straight defeats while the men from Perth are in better overall form. We predict Perth Scorchers to win this match on Friday.
Adelaide Strikers: Matthew Short, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Ben Manenti, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Cameron Boyce, Peter Siddle/Harry Conway
Perth Scorchers: Cameron Bancroft, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Matt Kelly, Lance Morris
The match no. 48 of the Big Bash League 2022-23 will witness Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers battling it out at Adelaide Oval on Friday, January 20th. Adelaide Strikers are coming off three losses and need to get back on track for their playoffs hopes.
Adelaide Strikers have played 12 matches in the season, winning five and losing seven. They need to win the remaining two games to stay in the playoffs race. In their most recent fixture, they took a 59-run beating at the hands of Sydney Sixers.
Bowling first, they had no answers to Steve Smith who scored a fantastic century. Cameron Boyce (1/25) was the only bowler to concede at less than 8 rpo. Chasing 204, Matthew Short smashed 40 off 24 while Alex Carey scored 54 off 35 but the Strikers lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 144.
Perth Scorchers are living up to the reigning champions tag, occupying the top spot on the table with 18 points. They have won nine games and lost only three. Most recently, the Ashton Turner-led side defeated Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets at home.
Lance Morris and Andrew Tye snared two wickets each as they reduced the Hurricanes to 96 for 7. Although they couldn't stop the tail from stretching the target. The Scorchers lost their openers in the first two overs before Aaron Hardie and Josh Inglis put on a show, adding 127 runs for the second wicket. Inglis scored 53 off 35 whereas Hardie remained unbeaten on 90 off 62.
Adelaide Strikers will rely on Travis Head, Matthew Short and Alex Carey with the bat. Chris Lynn has left for ILT20 but Adam Hose and Colin de Grandhomme have stuck around. Short has continued his great form while Carey was among runs in the previous game. Adelaide Strikers' bowling attack has looked toothless with none of Peter Siddle, Henry Thornton, Wes Agar and Harry Conway making an impact. Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce has done a good job and will be key against the Scorchers.
Perth Scorchers have a strong batting line-up, starting with Cameron Bancroft and Stephen Eskinazi at the top. The likes of Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis and Ashton Turner have done a great job in the middle order while Nick Hobson has shown occasional glimpses. They have an excellent pace bowling unit with Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, David Payne, Matt Kelly and Lance Morris in good form and are fresh due to rotation.
Matthew Short has had an outrageous season for the Strikers with bat and ball. Opening the innings, he has scored 458 runs at an average of 42 while striking at 148, including two fifties and a hundred. Short has also bagged 10 scalps with the ball at an economy of under 7.
Ashton Turner has played a crucial part for the Scorchers, producing several rescue acts in the lower middle order. He has scored 240 runs in nine innings at an average of 34 while striking at a superb rate of 151. Turner has smashed two fifties in the season.
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