Adelaide Strikers will look to win their third game in a row when they take on Perth Scorchers in the 27th fixture of the Big Bash League 2017/18. The match is scheduled to be played on January 13 at the Traeger Park in Alice Springs. Live action will begin at 2:40 PM local time.
Travis Head has departed to join the Australian team for the England ODIs and so it will be up to the likes of Alex Carey and stand-in skipper Colin Ingram to deliver the goods with the bat. The former smashed an unbeaten fifty against Melbourne Stars while the latter has also chipped in with some useful contributions. Rashid Khan and Ben Laughlin are amongst the leading wicket-takers. Both have taken 11 wickets each in 6 matches and the Strikers will turn to them for picking up wickets against the Scorchers.
Cameron Bancroft's 75 and Hilton Cartwright's 65 went in vain during the Scorchers three-run loss against Sydney Thunder. Both these batsmen will be expected to replicate that good work against the Strikers. Ashton Turner who is the team's leading run-scorer at a strike rate of 164.46 is another key man with the bat. Fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson (7 wickets in 6 matches) and Tim Bresnan who took a couple in his first game will be the main threats in this bowling attack.
Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers Betting Odds
Adelaide Strikers are the apparent favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this match at odds of 1.73 on Betfair, 1.66 on Bet365, 1.80 on Unibet and 1.62 on Ladbrokes. They are currently leading the points table with five wins and a loss in six league matches. Perth Scorchers are placed second in the standings after winning five and losing two out of seven matches. They begin as underdogs to win this game at a price of 2.12 on Betfair, 2.20 on Bet365, 2.25 on Ladbrokes and 2 on Unibet.
Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers Prediction
A really close contest is expected in this top-of-the-table clash as both these teams have been neck-and-neck in this year's BBL. There however seems to be a bit of a concern for the Perth Scorchers as their batting and bowling strengths have somewhat been depleted due to the departure of some in-form internationals. Adelaide Strikers on the other hand have the psychological edge of beating the Scorchers three times in their last five head-to-head encounters. They also have the momentum with them after two successive victories and so we feel they are slightly better placed to win this game.
Final Verdict: Back Adelaide Strikers to beat Perth Scorchers at 1.73 on Betfair, 1.66 on Bet365, 1.80 on Unibet and 1.62 on Ladbrokes.