The 2013-14 Big Bash League continues on the last day of the year with the Adelaide Strikers taking on the Perth Scorchers at the Adelaide Oval. You can follow the live coverage of the game below from 7.40pm AEDT.
It’s a match-up between the teams in the top four this early in the competition, with the winning side catapulting to the number one spot, at least for the time being.
The Adelaide Strikers started off well in their opening game against the Hobart Hurricanes but were thwarted by rain and had to split points.
If they showed good form with the bat in those six overs that were possible in that opener, it was followed by a adecent performance with the willow but an even more sterling bowling showing against the Sydney Thunder.
First Nathan Reardon cracked a 21-ball 32 to push them up to 153 in their 20 overs before Michael Neser picked up three and Johan Botha and Kane Richardson squeezed the scoring and pushed up the required-rate beyond control.
The Scorchers started off with a defeat in their first game to the Brisbane Heat but they did not disgrace themselves with the way they went about the task. It was followed with a poor showing with the bat against the Melbourne Renegades but their bowlers turned up with a performance to remember.
Not too often do targets of less than 120 runs get defended in T20 cricket and the Scorchers v Renegades game joined that very elite list of matches where such a record was created. And it was all the Scorchers who combined to dish out a solid, match-winning performance to notch up their first win.
Alfonso Thomas and Jason Behrendorff picked up a wicket apiece while Mitchell Marsh followed up his half-century in the opener with a couple of wickets. While Brad Hogg did not get any wickets, he ended with figures of 0/21 in four, whereas new recruit Yasir Arafat captured three.
With this quality in their bowling line-up, the Scorchers should be able to test the batting riches that have filled up the Strikers. Both Michael Klinger and Alex Hales are in good form while it may not take too much time for someone like Phil Hughes and Callum Ferguson to explode in a game.
The Strikers will still have that slight edge given their bowling line-up does not have too many chinks, but trust the Scorchers to fight hard in this one.
Join us for the Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers match in the Big Bash League 2013-14 on Tuesday and you can follow the live score of this game from 7.40 pm AEDT and post your comments below.