17TH MATCH 2020-21

28-DEC-2020, 08:15 PM

17TH Match (N), ADELAIDE, Dec 28 2020, Big Bash League





The scheduling of matches in BBL 2020-21 has been a bit weird. As a result, we have the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers playing each other for the second time at this very early stage in the tournament. In fact, this is going to be the second match total for the Adelaide Strikers!

It gives both teams the chance to adjust their tactics a bit and see if they can make a better fist of things.

The Perth Scorchers are unbeaten in the Big Bash season and can be seen as favorites ahead of this match.

Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers BBL 2020-21 is going to be played at Adelaide oval, Australia on the 28th of December 2020.



The Perth Scorchers were denied the opportunity of pressing for a win against the Melbourne Stars in their previous match but there are still many positives for them to take away.

The biggest positive would the batting form of Ashton Turner and Colin Munro. Both the players played very well in the previous match and were striking the ball beautifully. Turner hit five sixes in his 17 ball stay and showed glimpses of his best form.

Josh Inglis, Joe Clarke, and Mitchell Marsh add a lot of heft to the batting as well.

Cameron Bancroft looks a bit lost down the order and we think he may be playing for his place in the next couple of matches. Still, the Perth Scorchers have a very explosive batting lineup that has been aggressive from start to the end. In fact, tempering that aggression into a more controlled manner may be something that the Scorchers can work on.

The Scorchers really need their bowling to come together to be able to mount a serious challenge for the BBL title this season. Jhye Richardson was considered as one of the best fast bowlers in the country till last year but has fallen away a bit.

He, Andrew Tye, Fawad Ahmed, and Joel Paris form an all-international bowling attack. With Aaron Hardie in there as well, we think the Perth Scorchers should be able to find their rhythm with the ball pretty soon as well.


The Adelaide Strikers went into the previous match knowing that their batting depth was a bit compromised and will remain that way until Travis Head returns to the squad.

They lost wickets early and were reduced to 78 for 7 at one stage. Some very good cameos from Daniel Worrall and Danny Briggs got them within 14 runs, but anyone who actually saw the match knows that the Strikers were hopelessly outclassed.

It is just their second match, though, so we do not expect too many changes to their playing eleven.

Phil Salt, Jake Weatherald, and Matt Renshaw are the top-3 with Harry Nielson, Jonathan Wells, and Ryan Gibson as the backup.

Renshaw played very well and we know what Salt can be capable of. However, this is not a batting lineup that inspires too much confidence right now. Most of the players are too inconsistent and the depth in batting is just not there.

A collapse always seems around the corner and you cannot depend on your tail-enders to bail you out too often.

Most of the bowlers had a tough outing. They went for runs early and could not pick up wickets. It was only during the end of the Hobart Hurricanes inning that the Adelaide Strikers managed to pull things back.

Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle need to lead the way otherwise the Adelaide Strikers are going to struggle to make too much of an impact.


The pitch in Australia is a drop-in pitch and has been pretty unpredictable in the past. We think it could be a bit on the slower side and give the bowlers more of a chance. The outfield is pretty small and so we could see a lot of big hits too. The only unknown is uneven bounce. Hopefully, it will not make an appearance but if it does then the batsmen are going to have a very tough time

A score of around 170 should be seen as par.


We are going to stick with the Perth Scorchers in this match as well. There are not going to be any major changes in the playing eleven for either team and the focus is going to be on the execution.

The surface may make Rashid Khan more effective but the Hobart batsmen were able to play him with ease in the previous match.


Bet on the Perth Scorchers to win.