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Big Bash preview: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers

Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers will battle it out for a place in the Challenger final when they clash at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Now the regular season is done, we have reached the business end of the campaign, and for one team it will all come to an end at Optus.

The other will head into the Challenger and play the loser of Brisbane Heat versus Sydney Sixers.

If one of these teams is to win BBL 13, they will have to do it the hard way, there are no second chances.

The Scorchers can be backed at 4.50 to go on and win the Big Bash League, while the Strikers are the outsiders at 8.00.

The Scorchers are the hot fancies on home turf, but the Strikers have the players to cause an upset and progress to the next stage.

WhatPerth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When19:40 (AEDT), Saturday 20th January 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsPerth Scorchers 1.54, Adelaide Strikers 2.50

Evans a big loss for Scorchers

The Scorchers will need to pick themselves up quickly after missing out on the chance to secure second place on the ladder by losing to the Sixers.

It was an opportunity missed at Optus Stadium on Tuesday night as the Sixers chased down a target of 198 to take the win.

The defeat will have been hard to take for the Scorchers, but they will feel they still have what it takes to win their third title on the bounce.

They will have to do it without Laurie Evans however. The Englishman was a revelation once again in his last game for the Scorchers, smashing 72 off 34 deliveries.

He will take some replacing, but the Scorchers do have plenty of strength in depth and players who can pile on the big runs.

Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis and Cooper Connolly are among them, while they have also drafted in Marcus Harris following the departures of Evans and Zak Crawley.

Harris is priced at 5.50 to be Team - Top Batter on his debut for the franchise.

The Scorchers do have big injury concerns over Stephen Eskinazi, who retired hurt against the Sixers and will be touch and go to face the Strikers.

Strikers on top form

The Strikers head into the game as the form team in the BBL, having won their last four games on the bounce.

Momentum is key at this stage of the season and the Strikers may have peaked at just the right time.

One of the four wins did come against the Scorchers, but it was at the Adelaide Oval. In the previous game at Optus, it was the Scorchers that won by 42 runs.

Even so, the Strikers will be on a high and will fancy their chances of silencing a large home crowd in the west.

Matt Short has been a revelation in this campaign, while Chris Lynn is also starting to fire.

Short scored 74 against Sydney Thunder in the last game and is the leading run-scorer in the competition with 509 runs. Lynn is third with 304.

Short is 3.25 to be Team - Top Batter, while Lynn can be backed at 4.33.

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