BBL 2018-19, Match 54, Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
Travis Head has joined the Strikers after the end of the Sri Lanka Test series while Klinger is set to play the last match of his BBL career.
Published - Feb 8, 2019 5:02 pm | Updated - Feb 8, 2019 5:02 pm
You may term the 54th match of BBL 2018-19 as a dead rubber. But there is a lot of pride at stake for the Adelaide Strikers and the Perth Scorchers. Instead of the regular white ball, a special Kookaburra ball will be used for this game. This ball will have Arrernte word for Kookaburra – Thipe Artherrentye-Akngerre – and colour printing of Cricket Australia’s Indigenous cricket emblem.
Moreover, Ben Laughlin is all set to become the first player to play 50 BBL games for the Strikers. The last time these two sides met on Boxing Day, the Scorchers proved to be too good for the Strikers. The ‘men in blue’ were bowled out for only 88 runs leading to a major embarrassment. The Strikers will surely be keen on taking their revenge in the upcoming encounter.
Pitch and Conditions
The track at the Adelaide Oval assists the batsmen a great deal. Scores in excess of 150 were scored in all the six games that were played here. Even though rain is predicted in the early parts of the day, it might not cause any interruption to the match.
Both Travis Head and Billy Stanlake have returned back into the Adelaide Strikers squad. However, Colin Ingram misses out in the match. The in-form Alex Carey will open the innings along with Jake Weatherald. Rashid Khan is expected to play a big role in this encounter. Ben Laughlin will hope to bring out a special performance in the milestone game.
Predicted XI: Alex Carey (wk), Jake Weatherald, Travis Head (c), Jonathan Wells, Harry Nielsen, Rashid Khan, Cameron Valente, Michael Neser, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle.
Sean Terry has been added into the Perth Scorchers squad instead of Hilton Cartwright. However, it is unlikely that he gets a game. Also, this match will be the last BBL encounter for Michael Klinger and it will be an emotional moment for him. He’d want to end his BBL career on a high. Cameron Bancroft will bat at either three or four and don the gloves as well.
Predicted XI: Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Ashton Turner, Mitch Marsh (c), Nick Hobson, Andrew Tye, Clint Hinchliffe, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Probable Top Performers
Travis Head – Adelaide Strikers | Cameron Bancroft – Perth Scorchers
TV – Sony Six and Sony Six HD
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
Match Timings – 09:30 IST; 14:30 local
Adelaide Strikers are the predicted winners of this game.