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Big Bash preview: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers

Perth Scorchers will be targeting four wins on the spin in the Big Bash League when they entertain Adelaide Strikers at Optus Stadium on Wednesday.

The Scorchers have started BBL 13 strongly and are looking good to defend their title and win three finals on the spin.

They can be backed at 1.80 to reach the final, and that is the very least the men from the west will be expecting.

Optus Stadium continues to be a fortress and it will be tough for the Strikers, who do not have a great record outside of Adelaide.

They also slipped to a third defeat on the bounce when losing to Melbourne Stars on Sunday, so need to bounce back.

Despite the poor run, the Strikers are still in the mix to extend their season by making the top four and a shock result over the Scorchers will boost their chances.

WhatPerth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When21:15 (AEDT), Wednesday 3rd January 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsPerth Scorchers 1.61, Adelaide Strikers 2.30

Scorchers red-hot in Perth

The Scorchers got out of jail when beating Melbourne Renegades on Boxing Day, but the result showed how hard they are to beat on home soil.

Batting first, they were in cruise control at 3/124 before suffering a dramatic collapse to be dismissed for 162.

Josh Inglis top-scored with 64, while Aaron Hardie continued his impressive form with 57 from 41 deliveries.

Both players are big hitters and will be battling it out to be the Scorchers Team - Top Batter against the Strikers.

They are not the only threat however. Zak Crawley, Cooper Connolly and Laurie Evans are all capable of piling on the runs.

The Scorchers recovered from the collapse to restrict the Renegades to 149 and take the win by 13 runs.

On this occasion, they shared the wickets around with Lance Morris and Andrew Tye taking two each, while Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, chipped in with one each.

Strikers on a losing streak

The Strikers are sliding down the BBL 13 ladder after losing their third game on the bounce on New Year’s Eve.

They looked to be in a strong position against the Melbourne Stars when scoring a huge 205 off their 20 overs.

Chris Lynn was the top scorer for the Strikers as he smashed 83 not-out off 42 deliveries, while Matt Short also made 56 off 32.

More often than not it would be enough to take the win, but the Stars pulled off a record run-chase to win by seven wickets with an over to spare.

The Strikers bowling attack had a night to forget as Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis and Dan Lawrence scored 66, 55 and 50 respectively to get their side over the line.

They now need a response, but there is no harder place to do it. It is also the first game of a double-header against the Scorchers.

The two sides meet again at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

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