Not so long ago, few expected Adelaide Strikers to be in the position they are in now: a match away from the BBL final.
They had started the year 2022 with a six-match losing streak, much of which was carried over from last year, but that almost seems like ancient history now.
They have since won six consecutive matches, which stretches to seven wins in eight. They are easily the form team of the tournament right now.
Their latest prey were Sydney Thunder, whom they knocked out albeit by a small margin.
Englishman Ian Cockbain plucked out of thin air due to Covid absentees, was the hero again with a 65 – his second half-century in the last three outings, while Harry Conway bowled a superb final over to defend 14 runs.
At this stage, the Sixers and Perth Scorchers have traditionally been the side to feat but the way the Strikers have been going about, their juggernaut might also be giving the other two a headache.
Sydney Sixers have already been thwarted once in their attempt to reach the BBL final but now get one more chance to do the same.
In the qualifier they lost to Perth Scorchers, they suffered a batting collapse up top while chasing a gargantuan 190. Jordan Silk’s runs have dried up while Josh Philippe’s production has also seen a bit of a dip.
Batting failures have not been uncommon for the Sixers this term. The Sixers have had a few of those actually. That said, they also have the reputation of coming alive during this part of the season so their batting trouble should be taken with a pinch of salt.