Big Bash League (BBL11): Strikers vs Scorchers Betting Tips

January 13th 2022, 1:26pm, By: Jack Tobin

BBL11 Strikers vs Scorchers Betting Tips

There’s some Friday morning BBL action for fans to take in before the day night Test in Hobart as the Strikers host the Scorchers at the Adelaide Oval! It’s a crucial game with the Strikers amongst the logjam of teams battling out for fifth spot, and we’ve got you covered with our tips below! 

BBL11 Strikers vs Scorchers Betting Tips

Adelaide Oval, Friday January 14th, 10.40am (AEDT)

Adelaide Strikers

Likely XI: Matt Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Liam Scott, Harry Nielsen, Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle, Harry Conway, Fawad Ahmed

The Strikers will be forced into at least one change, with Rashid Khan departing for Afghanistan’s ODI series against the Netherlands. Experienced leggie Fawad Ahmed will come into the Strikers eleven to take on his former side.

Rashid leaves a massive hole in the Strikers side after taking the third best figures in BBL history on Wednesday night (6/17), as he bowled the Strikers to a 71 run victory over the Heat. The Strikers applied a cautious approach in their batting innings as they scored 4/161, however they’ll need to be more aggressive if they want to put up a winning score against the best side in the competition.

Back to back wins over the Hurricanes and Heat have lifted the Strikers off the bottom of the table and placed them into the finals mix. At the time of writing they are in fifth, but they’ll drop down to sixth if the Stars defeat the Renegades. With their final three games coming against the Scorchers, Stars and Sixers, it looks an uphill task for the Strikers to make the top five.

Perth Scorchers

Likely XI: Kurtis Patterson, Nick Hobson, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner, Aaron Hardie, Chris Sabburg, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Matthew Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou

Given Covid protocols, the Scorchers will likely retain the same starting eleven that featured in their last game against the Melbourne Stars. The Scorchers were already missing Josh Inglis and Mitch Marsh to national duties, and lost Colin Munro and Cameron Bancroft due to Covid protocols on the eve of their clash against the Stars, but as they have all season - the Scorchers found a way through adversity. 

Nick Hobson stepped into the opening position and scored 46, while Laurie Evans (69 off 46) and Ashton Turner (47* off 26) took the Scorchers to 3/196 as they defeated the Stars by 47 runs. 

Highlighting the depth in the Scorchers side, they’ve got five of the top seventeen run scorers in BBL11 and five of the top fifteen wicket takers this season. They’ve had to deal with being on the road all season, national duties and Covid - yet they keep finding a way to win.

Match Prediction

It’s set to be one way traffic in this fixture, although the Strikers are coming off consecutive wins, the Heat and Hurricanes are nowhere near the level of the Scorchers. The Scorchers defeated the Strikers by 49 runs back in December, and have won their last two meetings against Adelaide.

The depth the Scorchers possess with bat and ball is levels above the top heavy Strikers. Matt Short and Jono Wells rank inside the top nine run scorers in the competition, but there isn’t another Striker with over 200 runs this season. Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan rank inside the top four wicket takers, but the next best Striker is Wes Agar who ranks 29th with just eight wickets, ten wickets less than Siddle has taken.

The Strikers have averaged just 151 runs this season, while the Scorchers have scored above 152 in eight of their nine completed innings in BBL11. With Rashid Khan gone, it’s difficult to see the Strikers finding a way to contain the Scorchers batting unit which has taken opposing attacks apart all season long. The Scorchers sit two games clear at the top of the table, and the Strikers won’t cause them any troubles. 


Same Game Multi

To kick off our same game multi, we’ve got Strikers opener Matt Short to score 10+ runs. Short is the highest scorer in the powerplay in BBL11, and has scored 292 runs at an average of 29 to be the ninth highest scorer in the competition. Our BBL Data Tools show us that Short has passed the 10 run mark in nine of his eleven innings this season.

For our second leg, we’re taking Laurie Evans to score 20+ runs. The Englishman has scored 246 runs at an average of 30 in his first BBL season, and has passed the 20 run mark in 50% of his matches this season.

To round out the multi we’re sticking with the first wicket to be caught, which has occurred in over 80% of games in BBL11.

Short 10+ Runs
Evans 20+ Runs
1st Wicket - Caught

 

 
 
 

 

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