Table so far
Assessment: Being at the top of the table with 4 matches to go and having a superior net run-rate, the Strikers look to be strongly placed for a home semi-final. Their bowling attack is now comfortably the best in the tournament with the Scorchers losing two of theirs to ODI duties: Rashid Khan is bowling with wicket-taking verve, Billy Stanlake’s stock continues to rise and Ben Laughlin and Peter Siddle are using their experience very effectively. However, their batting will be a worry with Travis Head certain to feature heavily in the ODI series. This will mean that they will rely on Alex Carey and Colin Ingram to continue their form.
Key player: Rashid Khan has played with remarkable consistency this BBL with 11 wickets in 6 matches so far (5 two’s and 1 one). As such, his parsimonious bowling and knack for taking vital wickets in those middle overs has been a constant for the Strikers and will be needed to push them onwards.
Path to the finals: Scorchers (H), Hurricanes (H), Renegades (A), Scorchers (A)
Changes: Travis Head (ODI leave)