Sat, Feb 5, 1:41pm by Kevin Pitstock
South Australia get the home game and the chance to redeem themselves after losing last years Big Bash Final to the Bushrangers, despite being the better team for the majority of the season.
At Adelaide Oval today, the Redbacks have again finished top of the table, but are coming up against the only team to have beaten the Bushrangers in a Big Bash Final, the New South Wales Blues.
And the “Baby” blues are in fine form, demolishing the Tassie Tigers in the preliminary final, with David Warner hitting his best Big Bash form with the bat, and teen bowling sensation Patrick Cummins carving up the Tigers batting offence.
This years final too is the last time state based teams will be featured in a Twenty20 final, with the shortest form of the game moving to a city based rather than state based format for next years season.
South Australian Redbacks v New South Wales Blues Big Bash Form
The Redbacks finished top of the table losing just 1 of their 6 matches and boast three of the top 10 run makers this season with Daniel Harris the second highest with the bat for the season. Not surprisingly 4 of their bowlers feature in the Twenty20 Big Bash top 10 for bowling figures with Adil Rashid and Nathan Lyon both taking 9 wickets so far.
The NSW Blues come in to this final after finishing third behind the Tassie Tigers due to a disappointing loss to the Queensland Bulls in the last game before the finals., finishing the regular season with 3 wins and 3 losses. But the Blues were back to their devastating best with David Warner proving why he is the top ranked batsmen in the Twenty20 competition hitting 50 not out to set up the win.
The Blues also have the services of the teen assassin 17 year old Patrick Cummins who carved through the Tigers batting, setting sensational figures of 4 wickets for just 16 runs off 4 overs. Cummins who played just 5 matches of the regular season still managed to comfortably finish the league as the season highest wicket taker with 11 wickets, 2 wickets clear of fellow Blue Stuart Clark.
South Australian Redbacks v New South Wales Blues Big Bash Team Changes
Usman Khawaja comes out of the Blues team due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the very early moments of the game when fielding in the outer.
The Redbacks are without the services of Shaun Tait and Callum Ferguson, and Keiran Pollard is gone. James Smith comes in to the team.
Going back to the first game between these two this season where the Blues were the only team to defeat the Redbacks; from that team the Blues are without Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger and Nathan Hauritz; but have found a fair replacement in Cummins.
South Australian Redbacks v New South Wales Blues Big Bash Betting
Iasbet Australia have South Australia favourites at $1.75 and New South Wales at $2.05 in head to head betting.
Danial Harris is favourite for SA high bat at $4.25 with Michael Klinger at $4.75
Over in the NSW team, David Warner is favourite in high bat markets at $4.00 with Phil Hughes at $4.75.
South Australian Redbacks v New South Wales Blues Big Bash Best Bet
The Redbacks have been the dominant team all year and although NSW did roll them in the season opener, this is a vastly different NSW side.
That said NSW are coming in to this game high on confidence with both Warner and Cummins setting season best figures in their last game. It will take a repeat of Warner’s performance with the bat to win this as both Hughes and Jacques have been disappointing with the bat. Both Cummins and Clarke are capable deconstructing the SA batting line up at Adelaide Oval.
Head to Head Best Bet : New South Wales Blues at $2.05
Exotic Best Bet : Dave Warner for NSW high bat at $4.00
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