The big Semis
The group stage is over and the top four teams, Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers, are all ready to face in the big finals. First of the two semi finals is between the table toppers Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers, who ended at the fourth spot.
Adelaide Strikers lost just one game in the group stages with six wins and one game was abandoned due to rain. They have good gamut of Australian domestic players contributing with both bat and ball. In Johan Botha they have a calm bowling all rounder who did the job for them with the bat as well in the last couple of matches.
Tim Ludeman, Travis Head, Craig Simmons and Adam Zampa have been phenomenal for the Strikers while Ryan Ten Doeschate, though has not fired till now in the tournament, can be dangerous finisher as we all know. They have nice team balance and will like to continue their momentum.
Sydney Sixers on the other hand were top of the table half way through the tournament but lost it after that but still managed to enter the top four quite comfortably and now will be looking for a place in the finals as it just now takes two good games to win the tournament. They will be confident after their last game against Sydney Thunders in which they came on op after being reduced to 75-5 and at one stage requiring 54 off the last 18 balls and managed to win with requiring 23 off the last over when Steve’ O Keefe hit last two balls for four.
Michael Lumb, Nic Maddison and Jordan Silk has been the best batsman for Sydney Sixers so far and in the bowling department Mitchell Starc was good until he had to leave to join the Australian team while Doug Bollinger has used his experience well. They too, like Adelaide Strikers, have good mix of Australian domestic players.
Adelaide Strikers Squad :
It is a pleasant surprise for the home side as Brad Hodge and Shaun Tait has been named in the 13-man squad. They both have played more than 350 T20s between them. After being rested for the their match against Melbourne Renegades Tait will return to the squad to add swiftness in the bowling. The 13-man squad is :
Johan Botha(C), Travis Head, Brad Hodge, Shaun Tait, Adam Zampa, TimLudeman, Ben Laughlin, Gary Putland, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Ryan Ten Doeschate
Sydney Sixers Squad :
The Sydney Sixers will welcome back their skipper Moises Henriques after he was unable to play in the last game due to last minute call into the Australian squad. An additional spin option has been included with Luke Doran joining the squad in place of all rounder Simon Keen.
Moises Henriques (C), Sean Abott, Doug Bollinger, Ryan Carters, Ed Cowan, Luke Doran, Brett Lee, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Stephen O’ Keefe, Jordan Silk, Riki Wessels
Past Records :
This season these two teams played at Sydney Cricket Ground and Adelaide won the match after they managed 182 after batting first while Sydney was bowled out for 159.
The Pitch :
Adelaide pitch has been a spinning track and spinner are expected to play a part in the first semi final. Matches played at this ground this season saw scores of 148-136-133 and the team batting first has won one time when the score was 133 and the gteam batting second won on the other two occasions.
The Odds :
Adelaide Strikers is 1.65 to win the game and as unpredictable a T20 game can be the odds can turn within a span of overs. Though Adelaide is bolstered by the return of Brad Hodge but we have to note that he has not played any cricket in more than three weeks and it will be difficult even for a player like him to bat nicely in his comeback.
We are backing Sydney Sixers to win the semi tomorrow as they have the right mix of players and they have been with the team since the starting of tournament unlike Adelaide’s.