Date & Time: Monday, December 23, 13:40 IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide gears up for its opening match of the season
After a crushing defeat in the opening match of the season, the Scorchers were able to bounce back in the second against the Renegades by posting a big total on the board. On the other hand, the Strikers’ only game of the season has been abandoned due to bad air quality in the Australian capital. Now they start the campaign fresh at their home against the Scorchers on Monday.
Lian Livingstone, the Scorchers top-order batsman is the top-rated player of the match with a PPM of 52 in the format. The Strikers openers, Jake Weatherarld and Phillip Salt are next on the list who have a PPM of 40 and 39 respectively in the format. Cameron White, Alex Carey, and Cameron Bancroft are next in the pecking order who have PPM of above 35 in the format.
Mitchell Marsh with a PPM of 43 and Ashton Agar with a PPM of close 40 are the two worthy picks in the all-rounder’s category.
In bowling, Chris Jordan and Rashid Khan are two top-rated players with a PPM of 45 and 50 respectively. Closely followed by Fawad Ahmed and Jhye Richardson with a PPM of above 35 in the format.
Strikers Harry Conway/ O’Connor either of them will replace Peter Siddle who was drafted into the Australian test squad. Scorchers, on the other hand is likely to stick with the winning combination.
Perth Scorchers possible XI
Josh Inglis (WK), Liam Livingstone, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (C), Ashton Turner, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Joel Paris
Adelaide Strikers possible XI
Jake Weatherald, Phil Salt, Matthew Short, Jonathan Wells, Alex Carey (C & WK), C Cameron White, Rashid Khan, Cameron Valente,Harry Conway/Liam O’Connor, Billy Stanlake, Wes Agar.
The surface in Adelaide has proved to be on the high scoring side in the previous edition where batsmen and Pacers had most of the success. So expect the same for Adelaide’s opener of this season.
Afghanistan leg spinner is the top-rated bowler in the match when it comes to PPM. He was the top wicket-taker for Strikers in the previous edition of BBL. Adding to it, he has a PPM of 44 and an MDTA of 1.33 in the 12 matches played at the venue.
He is only second to Rashid when it comes to consistency in the match in this format. In the two matches played, he has already chipped in with a couple of wickets in each match which paved the path for Scorchers in reducing the Renegades’ score. There is every chance he will continue the same in today’s game as well given his phenomenal form of late.
The Strikers skipper may have changed his batting position in this season but his form with the bat remains the same. His form of late irrespective of the format, makes him a must-have. Adding to it, he has an impressive PPM of 52 in the 12 matches played at the venue.
The Strikers’ opening batsman is the key player at the top in the season, with Carey moving to the middle order. He has been amongst the runs in the previous two editions of the league which is reflected in his PPM of 45 at the venue in 17 matches played.
The English batsman is in great form of late in the format everywhere he has played around the leagues. His PPM of 52 and an MDTA of 1.46 makes him the most sought after batsman in today’s match.