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BBL – MATCH 11 – ADELAIDE STRIKERS VS SYDNEY SIXERS – FANTASY PREVIEW

Big Bash League – Season 6’s next match is on traditional New Year Eve. Just like previous seasons, Adelaide Oval hosts New Year Eve special BBL match in this season too. Once again Sydney Sixers takes part in the clash. Match 11 between Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers takes place on December 31st, Saturday at 6:40 PM Local | 1:40 PM IST.

Adelaide Strikers who lost first two matches of the season looks to register a first win of the season in front of home support. Adelaide Strikers and it’s fans has fantastic memories from last year New Year Eve clash against the same opposition Sydney Sixers. Travis Head was the hero of that match last year who scored unbelievable century and stunned Sydney Sixers on that night. Strikers were needed 55 runs in last 18 balls, Travis smashed 7 sixes and took 46,000 capacity crowd to festive mood. As Strikers lost both of their matches this season, Strikers fans expected same kind of magic from their players on last day of this year too. Brad Hodge, captain of the team was the lone fighter in both matches. Ben Dunk batted superbly in first match against Brisbane Heat, but he fell short in the second game. All rounder from Caribbean, Kieron Pollard needs to deliver the goods on Saturday to prove his worth in the competition. All eyes on the magic man of last year NYE Travis Head failed to score runs in both occasions. He needs to come with another magical innings to lift his team in points ladder. Adelaide Strikers fans favorite Jono Dean is in 13-men squad for this match. Strikers main pacer Kane Richardson is out due to injury and he needs to take 2-4 weeks rest. Therefore, Strikers management added Tom Andrews as a replacement player and he is in 13-member squad for this special match.

One of the two teams from Sydney, Sydney Sixers has 2 victories in 3 matches they played in the competition so far. In the season opener, Sixers defeated rivalry Sydney Thunder by 9 wickets with the help of bowlers and Daniel Hughes and Captain Moises Henriques. In next match, Sixers faced Hobart Hurricanes at Sydney Cricket Ground. Hurricanes thrashed Sixers in that game and won it by 60 runs. Thanks to Hurricanes openers Tim Paine and D’Arcy Short. Except Johan Botha, all other Sixers bowlers were gone expensive and leaked too many runs. While chasing a huge target of 201, Sixers batters walked back to pavilion one by one. England duo Roy and Billings were two batsmen who scored 40 or more runs for Sixers in that game. In the third match, Sixers faced Perth Scorchers in second home game and registered second win of the season. Sixers missed both of their openers due to slight injuries against Scorchers. But, both of them declared fit for NYE clash against Strikers on Saturday. It’s an nice opportunity for Sixers to take revenge on Strikers on the same day of last year’s biggest upset. In last NYE match, Sixers had upper hand in almost 3/4 of the match. But, that magical innings of Head vanished Sixers day and it gave lot of bad memories to the Sixers unit. So, Sixers has an opportunity to beat Strikers on the same last day of the year and register one more win in the competition.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

ADELAIDE STRIKERS :

Key Batsmen :

  • Jake Weatherald
  • Brad Hodge
  • Travis Head
  • Ben Dunk
  • Jono Dean
  • Jake Lehmann

Key All Rounders :

  • Kieron Pollard
  • Michael Neser
  • Chris Jordan

Key Bowlers :

  • Ben Laughlin
  • Billy Stanlake
  • Liam O’Connor
  • Tom Andrews

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :

Strikers has made 2 changes in their squad after those two straight losses. Strikers prime bowler Kane Richardson ruled out for at least 2 – 4 weeks due to back soreness. Kelvin Smith also dropped from the squad. Jono Dean and Tom Andrews are in the squad for this fixture. Jake Lehmann was not impressive in both matches. So, Jono Dean might get his chances straightaway. Ben Laughlin was expensive in the first game vs Heat. He could come into XI to fulfill the place of Richardson.

1. Ben Dunk, 2. Jake Weatherald, 3. Travis Head, 4. Brad Hodge, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Jake Lehmann / Jono Dean, 7. Michael Neser, 8. Chris Jordan, 9. Liam O’Connor, 10. Billy Stanlake, 11. Ben Laughlin / Tom Andrews.

 

SYDNEY SIXERS :

Key Batsmen :

  • Jason Roy
  • Daniel Hughes
  • Jordan Silk
  • Sam Billings
  • Brad Haddin

Key All Rounders :

  • Moises Henriques
  • Ben Dwarshuis
  • Johan Botha

Key Bowlers :

  • Doug Bollinger
  • Sean Abbott
  • Will Somerville
  • Soumil Chhibber
  • Henry Thornton

 

POSSIBLE LINE UPS :

Sixers’s spin bowler Steve O’Keefe was named in 13-men squad. But, later on he called-up to Australian squad for the 3rd test against Pakistan at SCG next week. So, Sixers added rookie Soumil Chhibber as a replacement. Without O’Keefe, Sixers bowling line-up certainly looks as weak. Bollinger and Abbott are the only experienced bowlers in the Sixers squad. Somerville and Thornton was in the squad already and now Chhibber joins with them. As Chhibber bowls spin, he would get chance straightaway against Strikers. Both openers Roy and Hughes are back in the squad as well.

1. Jason Roy, 2. Daniel Hughes, 3. Sam Billings, 4. Moises Henriques, 5. Brad Haddin, 6. Jordan Silk / Soumil Chhibber, 7. Johan Botha, 8. Ben Dwarshuis, 9. Sean Abbott, 10. Doug Bollinger, 11. Will Somerville.

 

Happy New Year in Advance to All!! Play Well!! Best Wishes!!

 

 

 

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    December 31, 2016 at 7:19 am

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