Man of the Match: Callum Ferguson
Hosts Strikers look to dominate the Thunder!
Adelaide Strikers will win the match!
BBL2019-20 season is making T20 cricket energetic, and entertaining with its frenetic and freaky nature. With T20 World Cup coming up in 2020, this year`s BBL has gained a lot more attraction from the cricketing fans.
Adelaide Strikers have won their last three matches in a row and are looking to continue their momentum going ahead in the league stages. Sydney Thunder too is coming with good performances in this season winning two out of three matches and their loss against Sixers came in a close super over encounter the last match. Both teams will look to win this match and further go ahead in the points table.
The Strikers completed their hat-trick of wins in the last match after defeating Melbourne Renegades by 18 runs. Opener Philip Salt smashed an aggressive 26-ball 54 runs at the top. Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells came up with vital contributions but were not able to force the scoring rate. A useful 16-ball 25 from Rashid took Striker's final score to 155 at the end of 20 overs.
Rashid Khan then returned to take 2 vital wickets and a run-out of Aaron Finch to derail the chase. Wes Agar and Cameron Valente came up with 2 wickets each to keep the scoring on a check. Experienced Aussie quick’s Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake share the pace bowling duties of the team.
Alex Carry – Alex Carry has scores of 55, 45 & 41 in the last three matches and he is becoming a contender for the wicket-keeper slot for the team in the coming World Cup. He will look to continue his form with the bat and help his team post big scores.
Rashid Khan – Rashid Khan came up with an all-round performance of 25 balls from 16 balls and a bowling spell of 4-0-15-2 to seal the match in his team`s favor. He is becoming one of MVP in the T20 circuit all over the world.
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matthew Short, Alex Carey (c & wk), Jonathan Wells, Cameron White, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake
Cameron Valente, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, WA Agar, Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, CL White, Billy Stanlake, JW Wells
Sydney Thunder lost the last match in one of the close encounters after losing by 1 run in a super over tie. Usman Khawaja (16 runs) and Alex Hales (32 runs) gave a good 48-run opening partnership inside the powerplay. Skipper Callum Ferguson built on the start to score his second fifty this season. Their lower order failed to finish the innings with a flourish as they ended up with just 149 runs on board.
Their spin trio of Jonathan Cook, Chris Green, and Arjun Nair bowled with good control and had combined figures of 8-0-50-2 in the match. Daniel Sams and Chris Morris bowled well-taking wickets at regular intervals and helped their win crucial moments. Chris Tremain has been expensive in the last couple of matches and may be dropped in this match.
Alex Hales – Hales looked good for his 32 runs off 21 balls with 5 boundaries and a six. He has scored runs at a strike rate of over 150+ in the last two matches.
Daniel Sams – Daniel Sams has bowling figures of 1/24, 1/26, & 1/21 in the last three matches giving runs at less than 6 RPO. Daniel Sams is having a good season and will look to continue his purple patch.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook, Matthew Gilkes (wk)
Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Nathan John McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Matthew Gilkes, Christopher Green, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Jonathan Cook, Alex Ross
The weather looks bright and sunny with very few chances of rain. We can expect a full match between these two teams with no interruptions.
Adelaide is one of high scoring grounds where both teams scored over 180 runs in a rain truncated 18-over contest. We expect scores in a range of 180-200 in this match.
Both teams will look to chase the target as it is a high scoring venue and any score less than 170 is unsafe.
Both Thunder and Strikers have a good bowling attack that is performing well in all the matches played so far. Strikers batting unit has piled on runs consistently while Thunder batting depends heavily on Alex Hales & Callum Ferguson. Strikers will further have the home advantage and momentum on their side.
Adelaide Strikers will win the match!