2016-17 Big Bash T20 League - Round 2 Pool Cricket Predictions

Gabe Morency

Saturday, December 24, 2016 2:53 AM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 2:53 AM UTC

Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers Friday 23rd Adelaide Strikers won the pool last year but lost their first game of this year's competition failing to chase Brisbane’s 205 falling ten runs short. They travel to Perth for.
<p> </p><p><strong>Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers</strong> Friday 23rd</p><p>Adelaide Strikers won the pool last year but lost their first game of this year's competition, failing to chase Brisbane’s 205 falling ten runs short. They travel to Perth for their second game to play the Scorchers, who enter the competition. The Scorchers have an enviable home record (not unconnected with away team travel distances, the Scorchers being the only team in the West in the competition) and have one of the best bowling attacks in the competition, comparatively unaffected by international call-ups and used to the slightly unusual conditions (strong winds) that prevail in Perth.</p><p>Prices for the game have <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4810&amp;book=Bet365">Perth 4/5 at Bet365</a>, Strikers 6/5 with Betfred. I do like the home team to get off the mark with a win here.</p><p><strong>Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars</strong> Monday 26th</p><p>The Melbourne Stars look to, once again, have one of the strongest teams on paper this year. The Stars boast a batting line-up stacked with T20 specialists in David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Rob Quiney and Kevin Pietersen. Odds are at least one of those guys is going to go off for a big score every game, which is all you need to win a T20. The Stars are 2nd favourite to win the title and are 4/7 to get off to a winning start here.</p><p>Hobart finished BBL05 with three wins and five losses - a disappointing season by any stretch of the imagination. It was the second year in a row where the Hurricanes have finished out of finals contention, but with a strong batting lineup they will look to be in the mix in BBL06. Writing before their first game in Sydney on Friday 23rd it will be interesting to see how a batting line up that looks to have a lot of potential does. Hobart could be one of the dark horses of this year’s competition with few international call-ups and massive amounts of experience from the likes of Bailey, Christian, Broad and Sangakkarra.</p><p>Hobart are 6/4 to win this game and were 5/4 to win at the Sixers this Friday, telling you how highly the Stars are rated. Am going to take a chance on the home side here, on value grounds, at 6/4 with Bet365</p><p><strong>Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers </strong>Tuesday 27th</p><p>The Sixers won the first game this season comfortably, restricting last year’s champions the Sydney Thunder to 159 and winning by 9 wickets thanks to explosive batting from Moises Henriques.</p><p>This will be the Sixers third home game of the competition already, whilst the Scorchers travel over Christmas across the country for their second game. Bookmakers have this as a very close game, 10/11 each of two and at this stage it's tough to separate them. No bet</p>
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