Two of the closer challenges to the Hobart Hurricanes meet in the one match in the Big Bash League on Sunday, when the Adelaide Strikers continue their defence of the title when they take on the Sydney Sixers.
The Strikers won their last match to move level with the Sixers on three wins for the competition but both teams are still a distance behind the Hurricanes, and could already be playing for second place in the regular season standings.
The Strikers were able to see off the Melbourne Renegades last time out when once again their bowling attack delivered the goods for them after their batsmen had made something of a mess of things – not for the first time in the tournament. Their batting is becoming more than a slight concern now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them employ a pinch hitter soon.
They don’t need to panic too much however because their bowling attack looks legit and able to restrict most sides in this competition not just the ones who bat poorly. If ever they do sort out their batting line up then they are in a good position from which to make a real tilt at successfully defending their title.
While the Sydney Sixers will be disappointed to have lost their last match against the Hobart Hurricanes, they can take some comfort from the fact nobody has unlocked the plan of how to beat the Tasmanian side yet, and also that with three wins from their first six matches and a whole host of home games to come, they are in a good position to make the semi-finals.
In a way there is a similarity between the Sixers and the Strikers in that both are much stronger with the ball than with the bat. Adelaide are better than the Sixers with the willow on paper at least but actually in the tournament, it has been the Sydney side who have generally gone the better so far in the campaign.
The Adelaide Strikers continue to have Peter Siddle available after he was not selected for the first Test match by Australia. He is expected to come straight back into the side with Liam O’Connor potentially being the man to drop out.
Sydney Sixers lost to the Hobart Hurricanes last time out but that is no need to necessarily change too much so it would be something of a surprise if the Sixers do not name an unchanged side for this match.
I’m expecting a pretty low scoring match here given the quality of the two bowling attacks that are on show. In fairness this has been a tournament of low scoring games and I don’t see any reason why that is going to change here. The Adelaide Strikers aren’t putting complete batting performances together while the Sydney Sixers are the same.
There is no doubt in my mind that the bowlers are the better suit for both teams in this match and I expect them to be on top throughout the contest. The runs line is 333.5 which means we need the team batting first to threaten 170 for it to be covered. I’m not convinced that is going to happen so I’ll take the under here.
WON – Back Under 333.5 runs for a 4/10 stake at 1.73 with Bet365