It is the penultimate Big Bash League 2012-13 round-robin game and the Adelaide Strikers take on Perth Scorchers in what is a virtual quarter-final
We’ll bring you the live scores of the action throughout this game, with the match starting at 7:30pm AEDT.
With the Melbourne Renegades and the Stars having already made it to semi-finals, there are two vacant spots remaining.
The winner of this match will automatically go through to the knock-out rounds. Interestingly, the losing team will still have an outside chance of qualifying for the next stage unless Hobart beat Brisbane in the last league game.
What the Strikers have is a very balanced side, one that hasn’t been as consistent as they would have liked.
After an indifferent start to the competition, Michael Klinger is currently fifth in the top batsmen’s charts, having reeled off three half-centuries so far.
Tim Ludeman has chipped in with a few runs of his own while Nathan Reardon and Kieron Pollard have used the long handle effectively when the situation has demanded.
The pace-spin duo of Alfonso Thomas and Brad Hogg could stop them. Somerset’s Thomas joined the team late but is already on nine wickets for the tournament with an economy of less than six.
Veteran spinner Hogg has featured in all games and continues to be difficult to get away. Nine wickets at 15 with an economy of 6.27 is excellent going and the pair has been majorly responsible for Scorchers’ resurrection after they lost their first two games.
The usually inconsistent Shaun Tait has been a revelation this season for the Strikers; he has conceded at only 6.71 an over while Kane Richardson has done a good job with both, the new ball and at the death.
While Shaun Marsh has shown signs of form ever since he came back from missing a game early in the tournament, the support has been lacking.
Herschelle Gibbs, Adam Voges and skipper Simon Katich have a task on their hands if they want to put it across the Strikers.
We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the Adelaide Oval and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.