Sydney Sixers (SIX) will take on Adelaide Strikers (STR) in the Challenger clash of Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday, January 26. The match will start at 1:45 PM IST.

The Sixers suffered a 48-run defeat against Perth Scorchers in the Qualifier on Saturday. Led by Moises Henriques, the defending champions had earlier finished second in the BBL 2021-22 standings with 35 points from 14 matches. The Sixers will look to beat Adelaide Strikers and seal their place in their third consecutive BBL final.

On the other hand, the Strikers defeated Hobart Hurricanes by 22 runs in the Eliminator and followed it with a six-run win over Sydney Thunder in the knockout to book their place in the Challenger encounter. Earlier in the league phase, the Peter Siddle-led Strikers had finished fourth in the standings with 28 points from 14 matches.

SIX vs STR Dream11 prediction

Sydney Sixers have a superior head-to-head record against Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, winning 10 of the 16 matches that they have played so far. Earlier this season, Strikers defeated Sixers by eight wickets in their previous meeting while Henriques’ side secured victory in their first clash. Even though the Strikers will have momentum on their side, the Sixers will have a slight edge.

SIX vs STR Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Jonathan Wells has been in impressive form for Adelaide Strikers in the ongoing Big Bash League. The 33-year-old middle-order batter has amassed 439 runs in 16 matches at an average of 33.76 and a strike rate of 128.36. Having already amassed 663 fantasy points, Jonathan Wells will be a worthy fantasy pick for this clash at just 8.5 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler 

Adelaide Strikers captain Peter Siddle has been the standout bowler in BBL 2021-22. The veteran Australia fast bowler is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament,  picking 29 wickets in 16 matches at an economy of 8.42 and an average of 17.37. Siddle has accumulated 984 fantasy points this season and will look to produce another match-winning spell on Wednesday.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Among the all-rounders on show, one must pick Adelaide Strikers’ Matthew Short in your fantasy cricket team for this clash. The Australian all-rounder has scored 487 runs and bagged eight wickets in 15 matches this season. The Strikers will depend on his all-round capabilities against a formidable Sydney Sixers outfit.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Josh Philippe of Sydney Sixers will be the overwhelming choice over Adelaide Strikers’ Alex Carey. Apart from his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Philippe has been sensational with the bat, scoring 429 runs in 15 matches at a strike rate of 143.47. At 10 credits, Philippe will be a valuable addition to any fantasy team.

SIX vs STR probable playing XI

SIX playing XI (probable): Josh Philippe (wicket-keeper), Justin Avendano, Moises Henriques (captain), Jordan Silk, Nicholas Bertus, Dan Christian, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe

STR playing XI (probable): Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Matthew Short, Ian Cockbain, Travis Head, Jonathan Wells, Matt Renshaw, Thomas Kelly, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway, Peter Siddle (captain), Fawad Ahmed 

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