MELBOURNE STARS V SYDNEY SIXERS – Tuesday January 16
Expect fireworks in this battle for the BBL wooden spoon. Both sides picked up wins against their local rivals last round, but it is the Stars that are set to start favourites in front of the Melbourne faithful.
The Stars will be buoyed by the regathered form of Kevin Pietersen. In his final season for the Stars, KP smashed a season-high 74 against the Renegades on Saturday night, in an innings that also saw him become only the 12th player to reach 1000 BBL runs.
Glenn Maxwell enters the game with a point to prove to Aussie selectors. Maxwell hit 31 against the Renegades and picked up four catches in the field.
The Sixers snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Thunder. A change in personnel brought about a change in fortunes, while Nathan Lyon and Moises Henriques return to the line-up for this game. Carlos Brathwaite is a proven match-winner on the international stage and is sure to have a strong impact once more.
Given their season form, but teams are a live chance in this fixture however the Sixers will look to build some momentum and have the weapons to upset the Stars.
ADELAIDE STRIKERS V HOBART HURRICANES – Wednesday January 17
The Strikers will be looking to bounce back from their last-start loss when they host the Hurricanes on Wednesday evening.
Adelaide will be without captain Travis Head, for what looms as a crucial clash. The Strikers will be looking to consolidate a semi-final berth, while the Hurricanes are making a strong case for the finals.
The Strikers will be disappointed with their last batting effort against the Scorchers; Only four top-order batsmen reached double-figures in that last outing, though Alex Carey continues to dazzle with the bat at the top of the order. Carey smashed 44 against the Scorchers.
Rashid Khan continues to dominate with the ball for the Strikers and will be key in his side’s attempts at stopping the big-hitting D’Arcy Short. Khan has taken 12 wickets at an economy rate of 5.09.
This is set to be a particularly exciting game from a betting and spectators’ perspective and there is plenty on the line for both teams.
SYDNEY SIXERS V BRISBANE HEAT – Thursday January 18
State of origin rivalries brings out the best in Queensland sides and that is likely-to-be the case when the Brisbane Heat travel to Sydney to face the Sixers on Thursday night.
Simply put, the Heat need a win in Sydney to stay in the hunt for finals action. Spinners have been a crucial weapon in this edition of the BBL and that will be on full show in this match. In the form of Yasir Shah, the Heat have arguably the best leg spinner in world cricket. Shah has an economy rate of 5.62, second only to Rashid Khan.
Ben Cutting has the potential to provide the x-factor for the Heat in the middle overs. The big-fast bowler has been used as a shock weapon with the bat, striking the ball at 157.89.
After notching their first win against the Thunder, the Sixers will want to finish their campaign on a positive note. Carlos Brathwaite will be wanting to do some damage with both bat and ball, while Moises Henriques adds some steel to the Sixers middle order.
The Sixers will feel they are in with a chance of causing an upset. The Heat have too many weapons in their batting line-up and they look good for a win in Sydney.