Adelaide Strikers face Perth Scorchers in the 49th game of the 2021-22 Big Bash.
When is it taking place?
The game is set for Friday, January 14. The first ball will be bowled at 10.10am local time (11.40pm GMT).
Where is the match being played?
The game will be held at the Adelaide Oval.
Who's got the form?
Perth Scochers are flying at the top of the tree, having won 10 games out of 12.
Five different players - Colin Munro, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Turner, Laurie Evans and Mitchell Marsh - have all scored more tha 240 runs, while three bowlers - Andrew Tye, Ashton Turner and Matt Kelly - are all among the 10 leading wicket-takers.
Their only defeats came against Thunder - one of which was a slightly shortened game due to rain, with the other caused by a fine partnership between Jason Sangha and Sam Billings.
For Adelaide Strikers, it has been a different story. They sit sixth in the table, with fewer than half the points accrued by Scorchers.
To make matters more challenging for Adelaide, Rashid Khan has now departed, although he left on a high, claiming figures of 6 for 17 in a win over Brisbane Heat. He has been replaced by Gloucestershire's Ian Cockbain.
Rashid Khan's stint with Adelaide Strikers has come to an end (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
What's the key match-up?
Munro is the third-highest run-scorer in the competition, behind only Ben McDermott and Jason Sangha, scoring his runs in typically unorthodox style. But he will be absent in Adelaide, along with Matt Kelly and Cameron Bancroft.
How Strikers target Scorchers' top six - especially without Rashid - could go some way to defining the game.
Much will rest on the shoulders of Peter Siddle, who has claimed 18 scalps thus far - after him, the most prolific Strikers bowler has been Wes Agar, 10 wickets behind him. He will need to step up in the absence of Rashid.
With the bat, Adelaide will be reliant on Jono Wells and Matt Short, who have scored almost 600 runs between them.
Who are the umpires?
Umpires will appear here when available.
What's the weather forecast?
A fairly mild day in Adelaide, dry with highs of 19 degrees Celsius.
What are the squads?
Adelaide Strikers: Wes Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, George Garton, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head, Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (Ian Cockbain, January 13 until end of season), Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matthew Renshaw, Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall
Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Laurie Evans, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Mitch Marsh, Tymal Mills, Lance Morris, Colin Munro, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson (David Moody), Aston Turner, Andrew Tye
Laurie Evans made fifty in Scorchers' most recent win (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
What are the possible starting XIs?
Adelaide Strikers: Matt Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jono Wells, Thomas Kelly, Ian Cockbain, Liam Scott, Harry Nielsen, Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle, Harry Conway
Perth Scorchers: Kurtis Patterson, Nick Hobson, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner, Aaron Hardie, Chris Sabburg, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Moody, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou
What are the odds?
Scorchers start this one as favourites, with bookies offering odds of 4/7. Renegades can be backed at 17/11.
What's the prediction?
Scorchers are missing Munro but it remains difficult to see anything than a win for the league leaders, especially with Rashid no longer at Strikers' disposal.
Where can I watch the game?
Sky Sports have bought the rights for the competition through to 2025, and they will broadcast all 61 games in the UK.
Fox Sports and Seven Network both have television rights in Australia: subscription broadcaster Fox show every game, while free-to-air Seven will simulcast 45 matches.
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will have ball-by-ball radio coverage of the tournament for UK listeners.
Where can I watch the competition elsewhere in the world?
North America: Willow
MENA: beIN Sports
Sub Saharan Africa: SuperSport
Indian Subcontinent: Sony
New Zealand: Sky Sport
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