Two-time champions Sydney Sixers will take on Adelaide Strikers in the summit clash of the eighth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League at the North Sydney Oval Stadium on Saturday, November 26.
Sydney Sixers qualified for the finals of the competition after finishing on top of the points table. The Adelaide Strikers, on the other hand, defeated Brisbane Heat by six wickets in the Challenger game to qualify for their third final in WBBL history. After losing to Perth Scorchers in the finals of the 2021 edition, Strikers will strategize better in order to lift their maiden WBBL title this time around.
Talking about their recent run in the tournament, the Sixers remained unbeaten in their last six matches. Against Adelaide Strikers, the Ellyse Perry-led side won the first match of the league while losing the other one. The skipper herself is in tremendous form this season, having scored 375 runs in 14 matches so far. Their batters have great momentum which is one of the advantages for the Sixers.
Speaking of the bowling unit, Ashleigh Gardner has performed brilliantly for the Sixers and has picked up 23 wickets in 14 games. Notably, Kate Peterson has stepped up in recent times and can be the X-factor for her side. The pacer has picked up 10 wickets in her last three matches.
Coming to Adelaide Strikers, they finished second in the league and have won their previous three matches. The middle-order batters played the key role in the previous game against Brisbane Heat, which handed the Strikers a place in the finals. After a sluggish start, Deandra Dottin (39 off 21) and Bridget Patterson (45* off 26) played crucial knocks during the chase. Amidst all the positives, Katie Mack’s form at the top of the order will be a matter of concern for the team.
In the bowling department, Jemma Barsby and Amanda-Jade Wellington have been brilliant so far in the tournament. Megan Schutt picked up a three-wicket haul in the previous match and it may act as a confidence booster as she gears up for the ultimate game.
Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers, Final, Women’s Big Bash League 2022
Venue: North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Date & Time: November 26, 11:50 AM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network & SonyLiv
Fielding first will be the obvious choice for the team winning the toss. The surface will help both batters and bowlers. A score of 165 runs or more can be match-winning.
Probable Playing XIs for SS-W vs AS-W
Sydney Sixers Women:
Alyssa Healy (wk), Suzie Bates, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Ellyse Perry (c), Nicole Bolton, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Peterson, Angelina Genford, Lauren Cheatle, Stella Campbell
Adelaide Strikers Women:
Laura Wolvaardt, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath (c), Deandra Dottin, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Amanda Wellington, Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Probable Top Performers from SS-W vs AS-W
Probable best batter: Laura Wolvaardt
The South African opening batter has performed brilliantly this season. The 23-year-old has stepped up time and again to deliver for Adelaide Strikers and will be a massive threat to the opposition in the final. She has scored 388 runs in 15 matches at a strike rate of 106.59 and is second among the leading run scorers.
Probable best bowler: Megan Schutt
29-year-old Megan Schutt is currently the leading wicket-taker of the Women’s Big Bash League 2022. With 26 wickets to her name from 14 matches, Schutt has wreaked havoc on the field this season while representing the Strikers. She has been the skipper’s go-to bowler and holds the ability to win the trophy for her side.
Today’s Match Prediction: Chasing team to win the match