The Sydney Sixers are determined to wrap up second place on the BBL ladder but will have a wounded Adelaide Strikers to deal with at the SCG.
The Sixers are riding high in third and can push back into second and all but wrap up their finals spot.
The Strikers are on a three-game losing streak and need a win to keep their finals hopes alive.
The match starts at 7pm.
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Henriques crushes Strikers
Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques has unleashed a masterclass on the Adelaide Strikers, doing something few other players have been able to do.
The 31-year-old former Australian all-rounder smashed Strikers bowler Rashid Khan, who generally goes for a fraction over six an over across his T20 career, for 0/39 off his four overs.
Henriques took 30 of those runs off Khan from just 14 balls, including 17 of the 19 runs off his final over.
He also cruised to his 50 off 26 balls. He remained unbeaten on 61 off 31 balls with five fours and four sixes.
It was a stunning display against the Afghan tweaker at the generally spin-friendly SCG.
Henriques said he targetted Khan late in the game.
“As soon as we were within 30, we wanted to finish that game pretty quickly,” Henriques said.
“We wanted to see the back of Rash (Rashid Khan), the quicker he gets through his four overs, the more relaxed everyone gets in the sheds as well.”
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 29, 2019
Henriques said he didn’t pick Khan at the start of his innings but soon started to get used to his varieties.
Henriques partnered with opener Daniel Hughes in a 106-run partnership as the Sixers cruised to an eight-wicket win with 35 balls remaining.
Hughes scored slower than Henriques with 51 not out off 44 balls.
“I think the bowlers made it easy for me chasing 124, I could just get myself in and not take too many risks,” Hughes said.
“Then Moises played unbelievably there at the backend, I just played second fiddle and did my thing.
“I’m very proud of this group, we’ve been looking for that complete game and this as pretty close.
“We dropped one chance in the field but the bowling group is unbelievable. Hopefully we can get to the semis, hopefully get a home semi and then the business end of the tournament.”
The win was set up by the start from the bowlers with grade star bowler Ben Dwarshuis bowling the equal fourth most economic spell in the history of the BBL with 3/7 off his four overs.
Dwarshuis bowled 18 dot balls in a tremendous man of the match performance.
“We’re hitting our straps at the right time,” he said. “We knew we had a long run of home games here and we wanted to make this place a fortress and if we can hopefully jag a home semi, we can hopefully play well again here and make our way to the final.”
Perfect start for Strikers
Josh Philippe has been unable to replicate his match winning ways against with Michael Neser striking in the second over to send the youngster back for four.
The hawkeye showed the ball just clipping the top of the bails after the umpire gave him out.
It bring James Vince to the crease for the Sixers with the English international having hit back-to-back scores of 75 and 74 not out.
Dwarshuis goes amongst the greats
Sydney Sixers pace bowler Ben Dwarshuis has produced a stunning spell of bowling to devastate the Adelaide Strikers.
The left-arm Sutherland grade star took 3/7 off his four overs, the equal fourth best economy rate in an innings.
It puts him alongside Fawad Ahmed (1/7 off four) and Lasith Malinga (6-7 off four), and just behinds Doug Bolliger (1/3 off two), Kane Richardson (2/2 off two) and all-time leader Mitchell Johnson (3/3 off four).
The 24-year-old New South Welshman said it put his side in a good place to chase the win.
“It’s always nice when plans come to fruition and everything works well,” he said.
It was a disaster for the Strikers batsmen, with Jake Lehmann (46 off 46), Jono Wells (23 off 20) and Michael Neser (31 off 21) the only batsmen to pass seven as the Strikers crawled to 8/124 off 20 overs.
Lehmann’s defiance comes to an end
Jake Lehmann has hit a bit of form after a dire start to the BBL season.
After scores of 16, 7 not out, 0, 8 not out and 2 saw him dropped, Lehmann returned with a 40 against the Stars in Moe.
Coming in tonight with wickets falling around him, the son of Australian cricket legend Darren Lehmann hit 46 off 46 balls before being caught by Daniel Hughes running backwards in the outfield to take a skied ball.
It’s been horror show from beginning to end for the Strikers who fall for 6/96 to start the 18th over.
Power play domination for Sixers
The Sydney Sixers are known for their poor power plays with the bat but the Sydneysiders have turned it around on the Adelaide Strikers.
Ben Dwarshuis had two overs and took 1-2 and Sean Abbott took one of his own along with Alex Carey’s run out which restricted the side to 3/30 in the first six overs.
Carey’s BBL horror story
Alex Carey smashed a four in a beautiful shot but the SCG appeared to turn Bermuda Triangle with the ball disappearing through the gate, never to be seen again.
The players had no idea where it could have gone.
A random tidbit, but Jordan Silk’s commitment to finding this lost ball is really impressive.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 29, 2019
A quick replacement and Carey hit a ball to point, taking off for a run, only to find himself run out.
It’s the fourth time in the BBL this season Carey has been run out.
Fox Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist was stunned by the departure.
“Unbelieveable, you would not read about it,” Gilchrist said.
“Alex Carey, you’re talking about the runout and how costly it’s been for him personally and the team and it’s happened again.”
Michael Vaughan said “Jake Weatherald, I think he’s sold him down the river there”.
Alex Carey and Weatherall cannot run between wickets #bbl
— Greg Jericho (@GrogsGamut) January 29, 2019
“I didn’t even know they were running to be honest, there was no call between either one of them,” Josh Philippe said.
“If someone didn’t say take them off, I’m not sure I would have taken them off.”
Sixers win flip
The Sydney Sixers have won the toss and elected to bowl in their Big Bash League clash with the Adelaide Strikers at the SCG.
With their finals hopes hanging by a thread, the Strikers welcome back veteran paceman Peter Siddle, who comes in for Liam O’Connor.
The second-placed Sixers have made one change with batsman Jack Edwards earning a recall at the expense of spinner Lloyd Pope.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 29, 2019
Sixers: Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, SeanAbbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Manenti, Ben Dwarshuis.
Strikers: Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (wk), Jake Lehmann, Colin Ingram (c), Jonathan Wells, Matt Short, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake.
Sixers’ rookie Aussie ‘player-in-waiting’
Josh Philippe has been described as an Australian player-in-waiting by Sydney Sixers skipper Moises Henriques after a breakout Big Bash League campaign.
Philippe is shaping as key to the second-placed Sixers’ championship charge after his game-winning 86 not out against Hobart last week and has earned comparisons to banned Australian skipper Steve Smith.
Not only has the West Australian solved the Sixers’ top order woes, after being bumped up into the opening position, he is being sized up for international honours down the track.
After Philippe destroyed the Hurricanes bowling attack to lead the Sixers to an upset win at the SCG last Wednesday, former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: “Josh Philippe is the player the Aussies should pick for the ODIs.”
And Henriques said given his current trajectory, he expected to see the 21-year- old wearing the green and gold within the next few years.
“He’s still very young and raw but he’s extremely talented, so it’s exciting for us,” Henriques said.
“Right from the first game we’ve been thrilled with how he’s gone.
“I’d suggest, in a few years’ time, if he keeps performing how he is now, there must be something wrong if he’s not playing at the next level.”
Philippe is a dead ringer for Smith — not just in terms of looks but the way he nervously jumps around the crease.
Smith took Philippe under his wing when he arrived at NSW Cricket headquarters at the start of the summer and Henriques said they were eerily similar.
“I’ve never seen anyone with a smaller head than Steve Smith until I saw Josh Philippe — they have to get custom-made caps because their heads are so small,” Henriques said.
“They’re like little tennis balls.
“Even the way they move around the crease, how fidgety they are.”
Heading into Tuesday’s clash with Adelaide at the SCG, the Sixers are one of three teams on 12 points — though the Melbourne Renegades can move to 14 points with a win over the Perth Scorchers on Monday night.
The Sixers can eliminate the Strikers with a win but Henriques said they were more concerned about locking up a finals spot than inflicting heartache on last year’s champions.
“It doesn’t mean anything more. It advances us up the leaderboard which is great,” Henriques said.
“The only thing we’d take away is beating a really good side twice in a season.”