Perth Scorchers won the last match to end their losing streak but have won only four out of their 13 games. Defending champions Adelaide Strikers have had a change of fate from the last season as they are with just five wins.
The last time both teams met each other, Perth Scorchers ended on the winning side after they dismissed Adelaide for just 88 on the back of exceptional bowling performances from Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff who shared seven wicket between them.
Travis Head will return to the side in place of Colin Ingram who is headed back to South Africa due to family reasons. Peter Siddle will also be available for the match. The other batsmen to watch out for are Alex Carey, Jake Weatherland and John Wells. Among the bowlers, Rashid Khan is the favourite hands down and has picked up 17 wickets till now.
Perth Scorchers will be without Shaun Marsh who is suffering from a tight hamstring. Apart from Marsh, Jhye Richardson will also not be available as he has not been cleared by Cricket Australia. This might give Michael Klinger a chance to play his last BBL match as Klinger has already announced his retirement.
Ashton Turner would be the leading batter for the side. He came good with 69 off 42 against Melbourne Stars and has 378 runs in the tournament. Nathan Coulter-Nile got back among wickets with a three-wicket haul in the last match. Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff are the other leading bowlers.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Adelaide Strikers- Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Jake Lehmann, Travis Head, Jon Wells, Harry Nielsen, Cameron Valente, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Peter Siddle
Perth Scorchers- Josh Inglis, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Fraser Hay, Nick Hobson, Cameron Hinchcliffe, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorff
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Adelaide Strikers
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers), Ashton Turner (Perth Scorchers)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers), Jason Behrendorff (Perth Scorchers)
Most Sixes – Alex Carey (Adelaide Strikers), Ashton Turner (Perth Scorchers)
Team Scores Batting First – Adelaide Strikers 160+, Perth Scorchers 140+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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