It’s the Big Bash League Challengers game in 2021-22, and the Sydney Sixers will face the Adelaide Strikers at home. The Sydney Sixers were defeated by the Perth Scorchers in the Qualifier game and will need to make a strong comeback. The Strikers arrive here after defeating the Sydney Thunder in the Knockout round, and the team is upbeat about its chances.
In the past, the Sydney Sixers have had a strong record against the Adelaide Strikers. They have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams. They would have a better understanding of the conditions if they played at home. It remains to be seen whether the Strikers can win their first game in Sydney this season after three consecutive defeats.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 26th, 2022 at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers, Challenger Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: January 26, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers Team Previews
Moises Henriques’ side suffered a 48-run defeat against the Perth Scorchers in the Qualifier match due to poor efforts with the bat and the ball. In this game, the defending champions would have to mount a strong comeback. The team has a good record against the Strikers in the past, and Henriques would like to book a spot in the final with a win here.
Josh Phillippe and Justin Avenando struggled in the previous game, and the team would benefit from a strong performance from them at the top. Henriques has a lot of experience, and he’d be in charge of guiding the middle order and forming alliances with Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes. Lower down the lineup, the side would also benefit from Daniel Christian, Sean Abbott, and Hayden Kerr.
Their bowlers were hammered in the previous game, and the team would need Sean Abbott and Nathan Lyon to bowl tight spells with the new ball. Ben Dwarshuis and Kerr also arrive with poor numbers, and the team has high hopes for them. For the team to win this game, Steve O’Keefe and Christian must perform admirably in the supporting roles.
Sydney Sixers Squad
Sean Abbott, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince, Chris Jordan, Jackson Bird, Nick Winter, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Todd Murphy, Shadab Khan, Steve OKeefe, Justin Avendano, Nathan Lyon, Nicholas Bertus
Predicted XI: Moises Henriques (c), Josh Philippe (wk), Justin Avendano, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Sean Abbott, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe
Peter Siddle’s team has been on a roll, and they come here after another thrilling Knockout Game victory over the Sydney Thunder. The team held its nerve in the final stages to win by six runs, their sixth consecutive victory of the season. It will be a tough battle against the Sixers, and Siddle wants his team to make the most of the momentum.
At the top, Matthew Short and Alex Cary are scoring runs, and the team is expecting a strong performance from them. Ian Cockbain has performed admirably, and he, along with Travis Head and Jonathan Wells, will face high expectations in the middle order. Thomas Kelly, Matt Renshaw, and Henry Thornton are also expected to run down the order for the team.
Because they haven’t been in the best of form, Matthew Short and Harry Conway are expected to score early. Siddle and Thornton gave up runs in the previous game, and they’ll have to do better this time. Fawad Ahmed has performed admirably in the middle overs, and the team would like to see him keep the scoring down with Head.
Adelaide Strikers Squad
Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, George Garton, Ryan Gibson, Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan, Harry Nielsen, Liam O Connor, Matt Renshaw, Liam Scott, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Jake Weatherald , Jonathan Wells, Daniel Worrall, Daniel Drew, Thomas Kelly, Henry Hunt, Henry Thornton, Ian Cockbain
Predicted XI: Peter Siddle, Alex Carey (wk), Matthew Short, Ian Cockbain, Travis Head (c), Jonathan Wells, Matt Renshaw, Thomas Kelly, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway, Fawad Ahmed
Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers Toss Prediction
Five games have been played here, and three times the team that batted first has won by a large margin. The spinners will benefit in the second half of the game; and the team that wins the toss will bat first in order to set up a big score.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Sydney Cricket Ground has provided a good batting surface; and we have witnessed several high-scoring games in which batsmen have performed admirably. With the new ball, fast bowlers get good bounce and carry from the surface. This is Australia’s best venue for spinners, and they have had great success in the past.
On January 26, we expect partly cloudy skies over Sydney, which may be beneficial to the bowlers. This season, batsmen have scored a lot of runs on a flat wicket. The conditions are expected to make batting more difficult; and the team batting first should aim for a total of more than 170 runs.
Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers Match Prediction
The Adelaide Strikers have been outstanding in their last six games. However, the team has yet to win a game in Sydney this season. This would be on their minds, and they’d also have to overcome their dreadful record against the Sydney Sixers. The Sixers have won four of the five games they have played at SCG; so they are familiar with the conditions. This would make them the favourites to win this game.
Sydney Sixers is the favourite to beat Adelaide Strikers at the odds of 1.95.
- Sydney Sixers have won seven of their last eight games against Adelaide Strikers.
- Josh Phillippe and Moises Henriques have combined for 850 runs for the Sydney Sixers.
- The Adelaide Strikers have a poor bowling attack, with most of their bowlers allowing runs this season.