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Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers: Sixers can add to Strikers’ woes

Sydney Sixers will be on a high as they go into Tuesday’s Big Bash League game against Adelaide Strikers on the back of a victory over the Perth Scorchers.

Adelaide on the other hand suffered a home defeat against the Brisbane Heat and things won’t get any easier when they make the trip to Coffs Harbour this week.

WhatSydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers
WhereC.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
When19:15, Tuesday 17th January
How to watchFox Sports, Seven & Kayo
OddsSydney Sixers 4/6 Adelaide Strikers 6/5

Sixers land statement win 

A six-run win over the Scorchers has left the Sixers just one point behind frontrunners Perth in the Big Bash League table. 

Sean Abbott won Player of the Match for the Sixers against the Scorchers, finishing with figures of 3-18 as he picked up key wickets to help Sydney to victory at the SCG. 

It was a tense encounter but the Sixers’ six-run victory against a fellow title contender will have given all in the Sydney camp a confidence boost. 

Also impressing in the Sydney bowling attack were Hayden Kerr and Dan Christian who also picked up two wickets each. 

As for the batting order, Josh Philippe was the team’s top scorer against the Scorchers, with 54 runs from 48 deliveries before he was caught by Peter Hatzoglou from the bowling of Jason Behrendorff. 

Veteran batter Steve Smith was looking good before he was dismissed on 36, while it was Jordan Silk and Ben Dwarshuis who were unbeaten on 17* and 8* respectively to take the Sixers to 151-5. 

Having been top scorer against Perth, Philippe is 10/3 to repeat the feat against Adelaide in Coffs Harbour. 

Smith is also 10/3, while Silk is available at 5/1 to be Team - Top Batter.

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Work to do for Strikers 

The Strikers will know they have work to do to turn things around after a disappointing 17-run defeat at the Adelaide Oval at the hands of Brisbane Heat. 

Only the Sydney Stars sit below Brisbane in the standings, with the Heat now winning just three of their first 10 games of the campaign. 

Adelaide dismissed the Heat for 154 thanks to some impressive bowling performances from the likes of Harry Conway (3-36) and Peter Siddle (2-24). 

The Strikers got off to a rocky start with opener Travis Head dismissed for just one run on his second ball. Matt Short did manage to steady the ship alongside Chris Lynn with the pair scoring 39 and 22 runs respectively. 

However, the likes of James Bazley (3-30) and Matt Kuhnemann (2-26) bowled well for Brisbane who will have enjoyed that surprise win on the road. 

After the disappointment of his last performance, Head is available at 10/3 in the Team - Top Batter market for the Strikers on Tuesday night.  

Meanwhile, Adam Hose is well-priced at 4/1 in the same market. The Isle of Wight-born batter is the Strikers’ third highest runscorer this term after finding a good level of consistency throughout the campaign so far. 

Sixer to take some stopping 

With home advantage and on the back of that impressive win over Perth, the Sixers look like serious contenders for the title this season. 

Looking for what would be their eighth win in 12 outings this term, it’s hard to look past the home side claiming the victory In Coffs Harbour on Tuesday night. 

The Sixers are deserved favourites at 4/6 to claim the win, while the Strikers are 6/5 to pull off a shock victory of their own.  

Hose will be a player to look out for with bat in hand for Adelaide, while they are likely to need an improved performance from Head to have a chance in this encounter. 

The Sixers look to be the team on the up and with their bowling attack in form and the likes of Philippe and Smith impressing with the bat, the hosts will take some stopping in this one.

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