January 24, 2022 12:26 PM
Last modified date: January 24, 2022 3:46 PM
Alex Sarwar

Challenger – Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers taking place? Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers will take place on Wednesday 26th January, 2022 at 08:25 (UK)

Where is Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers taking place? Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers will take place at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney

What is the expected weather for Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers? 22-23c cloudy with a gentle breeze and sunny intervals early on

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers? Click here for the latest ticket information for Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers

What TV channel is Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers on in the UK? Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers live on Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY SIXERS

  • Back-to-back BBL champions Sydney Sixers have another opportunity to book their place in another final after losing to Perth Scorchers in the first qualifier, although they will need to improve on that most recent showing against Adelaide Strikers, which saw them lose by eight wickets back on January 17th.
  • The Sixers remain unable to play Australian international Steve Smith after Cricket Australia rejected his request to feature having not been contracted at the start of the tournament, whilst captain Moises Henriques also has a decision to make over whether to give opener Justin Avendano another chance following his dismissal for 0 against the Scorchers.

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

  • Two wins for Adelaide Strikers in the play-offs so far have seen them make it to the Challenger match and they’ll be hoping that their momentum can carry them all the way to the final, having now won each of their last six BBL fixtures.
  • Australian international wicketkeeper Alex Carey is set to remain at the top of the order, with Travis Head in the middle-order, whilst the in-form Gloucestershire batter Ian Cockbain fresh from his 69 against Sydney Thunder will come in at number three.

THE PREDICTION

An intriguing challenger lies ahead between the most successful team in BBL history and an opponent who are currently riding the crest of a wave that could lead them all the way to the final. The form of Cockbain with the bat and captain Peter Siddle with the ball has proven a massive factor as to how Adelaide Strikers find themselves in this position with the addition of their Australian international players a further boost. However, when the going gets tough, Sydney Sixers usually get going and with their tournament on the line, a vastly improved performance is expected from what they showed against Perth. Home advantage may prove a crucial factor here, with the pitch expected to be a good one from a batting perspective. Ultimately, the experience across the entire Sixers unit in a fixture of this magnitude is likely to be crucial and in what is expected to be another extremely close contest, consider backing Sydney Sixers to come out on top.

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