The second semi-final of the WBBL between the Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers will determine who the Perth Scorchers will play in the final on Sunday.
The Strikers come into this match in poor form after losing three of their last four matches. It gets even worse when you consider that the only match they won came down to a super over.
While the Sixers come into this final red-hot as they are on a five-game winning streak, including two victories over the Strikers last weekend.
The key to the Sixers success has been their batting; they can post massive totals and they can chase anything down. In the regular season, they’ve scored nearly 100 runs more than any other side.
Their brilliant batting isn’t surprising given the quality of their batters; Ellyse Perry is one of the best players in the world at the moment, while Alyssa Healy and Ash Gardner are Australian representatives.
Their bowling is strong too, with Sarah Aley, Sarah Coyte and Kim Garth at the helm.
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The Sixers won’t be easy to defeat, but the Strikers have the firepower to cause an upset.
With the ball, they’ve conceded the least runs of any team.
Amanda-Jade Wellington is a genuine wicket-taker with her leg spin, while seamers Megan Schutt, Sophie Devine and Tahlia McGrath rarely bowl poor deliveries.
Against such a strong batting line-up, the Strikers will need some early breakthroughs.
Openers Devine and Suzie Bates is the key as they’re the only two batters to pass 50 for Adelaide this season.