BBL 2021-22: Playing XI From Sixth Week of BBL
BBL has reached a point in the tournament where things are getting clear for every team. All the teams who are part of the tournament are realizing the fact that where they stand in the competition. In the middle of the Covid crises, players are still performing to their best.
Cricket Australia and BBL committee has made some changes in the middle of the tournament because of the COvid-19 outbreak. These changes came into action considering the health and safety of the players and staff from every team involved in the BBL tournament. The major change was to make a talent pool of players for all the tea in case their playing XI is in isolation.
Currently, Perth Scorchers are comfortably sitting at the top with 41 points in the BBL point table. They are 10 points ahead of Sydney Sixers who are at the number and Sydney Thunder who is at number three. Adelaide Strikers have shown major growth last week by coming at number four with 28 points. They are in major competition with Hobart Hurricanes who are at number 5 in the point table.
The last week of the tournament was more of a bowler’s week as we witnessed a lot of brilliant spells. Without wasting any more time, let’s have a look at Playing XI from the sixth week of BBL. Do check the BBL match schedule for today.
Opening Partnership – Sixth Week in BBL
1) Alex Hales
Alex Hales played an exceptional knock for Sydney Thunder in a fixture against Hobart Hurricanes on Monday. Coming down as a non-striker, Hales scored 80 runs on 56 balls and his innings included 11 fours and 1 six. His strike on the day was recorded at 142.86. Hobart Hurricanes won the toss but and selected to bat first. Hurricanes couldn’t survive the balling attack of Thunder and they couldn’t pass the score of 139 runs in 20 overs at a loss of 6 wickets. Hales helped his team to finish the chase in just 17.2 overs and Thunder finished the match by scoring 140 runs at a loss of 1 wicket.
2) Joe Clark
The wicket-keeper batsman of Melbourne Stars, Joe Clark, came down as an opening batsman with big plans on Monday while facing Adelaide Strikers. Stars won the toss and decided to bowl first. Strikers, with the help of Jonathan Wells, scored 139 runs at a loss of 9 wickets. It was now time for the Stars to win chase the score comfortably. Joe Clark helped his team to win the game in 19.1 overs by scoring 83 runs on 58 balls with a strike rate of 143.10. His innings included 3 fours and 4 sixes. Clark was brilliant in rotating strikes and taking singles and doubles.
3) Matthew Wade
Hobart Hurricanes’ skipper and wicket-keeper batsman, Matthew Wade, showed how crucial he is for his team on Thursday in a thrilling game against Sydney Thunder. Wade played a brilliant inning of 83 runs on 54 balls with a strike rate of 153.70. His innings included 8 fours and two sixes. Coming down at number three, Wade lead his team to score a big number of 177 runs at the cost of 6 wickets in 20 overs for Sydney Thunder. The opposition couldn’t complete the chase and lost the match.
Middle Order Line Up – Sixth Week in BBL
4) Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell made a brilliant comeback for Melbourne Stars after his isolation, because of the Covid-19 outbreak, on Thursday. The fixture was between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades. Renegades won the toss and came to bat first but couldn’t get past a nominal figure of 122 runs at a loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell came to bat as an opening batsman and scored 68 runs on 45 balls with a strike rate of 151.11. Maxwell is a number four player in the team most of the time and hence he is at number four on our list.
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5) Jonathan Wells
Jonathan Wells has turned out to be the most consistent performer for Adelaide Strikers last week. At first, he played a brilliant knock on Monday against Melbourne Stars and repeated his performance Saturday against the same team. Wells, coming down at number four, scored 73 runs in 49 balls with a strike rate of 148.98. He helped his team to achieve a comfortable score of 155 runs in 20 overs at the cost of 6 wickets. Melbourne Stars’ batting lineup completely failed this time in front of the Strikers’ bowling attack. Stars’ innings ended up at 132 runs in 20 overs for 8 wickets.
6) Chris Green
Sydney Thunder skipper, Chris Green, is best suited for the number six position as he can act as a valuable all-rounder for the team. In a match against Sydney Sixers, Green scored 50 runs in 31 balls with a strike rate of 161.29. However, his team couldn’t win the game and Green turned to be somewhat expensive in the match. Analyzing his past performances, Green can be very useful in the middle overs as an off-spinner to control the run-rate of the opposition and break some crucial partnerships.
7) Rashid Khan
BBL won’t be the same without the Afghani talent this year and there is no doubt about it. Rashid Khan made headlines with his brilliant 6 wickets haul last week in a match against Brisbane Heat on Thursday. Khan said goodby to BBL in style by picking up 6 wickets at the cost of just 17 runs. He is also a valuable all-rounder for the team and can be useful to rotate the strike and hit big shots at the lower order. Rashid Khan and his other Afghani teammates had to leave BBL in middle because of their national duty.
Bowling Attack – Sixth Week in BBL
8) Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith has turned out to be a crucial opening pacer for Hobart Hurricanes last week. The beginning of the week was tough for the pacer as he couldn’t contribute much for the team on Monday but he made a brilliant comeback on Thursday against Sydney Thunder. Meredith took 3 wickets at the cost of 29 runs in 4 overs. His economy rate recorded on the day was 7.25. After a good contribution from Matthew Wade in the batting lineup, Meredith provided a finishing touch to his team by stopping the opposition at 168 and winning the match by 9 runs. Here’s our best cricket betting tips and tricks. Learn how to predict upcoming matches.
9) Matthew Kelly
Perth Scorchers always surprise the BBL viewers with the kind of quality they have in their squad. A similar thing happened in a match against Melbourne Stars on Tuesday when Matthew Kelly bowled brilliant 4 overs and picked up 4 major wickets of the opposition. His 4 wickets came at the cost of 25 runs and an economy rate of 6.25. Nick Larkin, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, and Qais Ahmed were the 4 players who were sent back to the pavilion by the pacer.
10) Henry Thornton
Henry Thronton is one name on which Adelaide Strikers are always dependent in every match. Thronton turned to be the most valuable player last week in BBL. His major achievement was against Melbourne Stars on Saturday where he picked up 4 wickets at the cost of 26 runs. Thornton’s economy rate for the day was 6.50. After Rashid Khan, Strikers need a good bowling attack and that’s what Thronton has turned out to be. He also bowled brilliantly against Perth Scorchers on Friday and helped Strikers to score a win against the league leaders. Last week Strikers won some crucial games and gain some points to reach number four in the BBL point table.
11) Steve O’Keefe
Steeve O’Keefe from Sydney Sixers made headlines last week by winning the man of the match award on Saturday in a game against Sydney Thunder. Keefe delivered a brilliant 4 overs spin attack and picked up 4 wickets at the cost of just 18 runs. After Rashid Khan, Keefe has been the most economical spinner from the last week in BBL. Sydney Thunder won the toss and decided to bowl first and this turned out to be a major disaster for the team. With the help of Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes and skipper Moises Henriques, Sixers gave a humongous total of 197 to Thunder. The finishing touch was given by Steve O’Keefe with the help of the most disciplined bowling attack of the match.