After their unbeaten start to the season was cut short by Hobart Hurricanes in a big upset, Sydney Sixers returned back to winning ways in their last game, beating Melbourne Stars by seven wickets in a match that was closer than it seemed and required a penultimate-over bailout by Josh Philippe.
The Sixers opener has been in scintillating form of late and his unbeaten 99 was crucial in his side’s successful chase of Melbourne’s 177.
The euphoria of that win was dampened by Sydney’s mounting injury problems. England seamer Tom Curran has been ruled out for the rest of the BBL due to a back injury. Spinners Ben Manenti and Steve O’Keefe are not out permanently but will be unavailable in the short term due to neck and calf niggles respectively.
Adelaide Strikers have played three matches so far this BBL season and have a win sandwiched between two defeats.
The reason they have such a mixed and uninspiring record is that their batting is not firing on all cylinders. It hasn’t even in a single game. Scores of 151, 149, and 146 carry the characteristics of a middling side.
The game that they did win was the doing of their bowlers, who had bundled out the Renegades for a mere 100 in their unsuccessful pursuit of 150.
One man that has been diligently pulling his weight is Adelaide opener Matthew Short, who has contributed 29, 32, and 63 in his three outings.
Wade’s opening partner D’Arcy Short has also been in good nick, having found runs in all his outings so far.