Sydney Thunder aim to extend their winning spree in BBL!
Expect Sydney Thunder to win the match!
Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers are ready to clash in the six match of the Big Bash League (BBL) at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday.
Sydney Thunder is currently lying at the top of the league table with two wins in a row. In the previous game, Sydney Thunder registered a win over Melbourne Renegades, courtesy splendid performances from Daniel Sams, Alex Hales and Usman Khuwaja. Captain Callum Ferguson will be hoping that the side can maintain their winning momentum against Adelaide Strikers.
On the other hand, Adelaide Strikers will be looking to start their campaign on a positive note. Captain Travis Head will be hoping to produce a decent show with bat and ball in their opening fixture.
The franchise has started this year’s competition with back-to-back clinical performances. 2015 BBL Champions will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the league table.
Chasing 170 runs, openers Usman Khuwaja and Alex Hales got the side off to a perfect start. The opening pair added a 99-run partnership to see Sydney Thunder placed in a comfortable position against Melbourne Renegades. Usman Khuwaja scored 66 runs off 46 balls with the help of eight fours and one six, whereas Alex Hales delivered a brisk 68 runs off 38 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. Captain Callum Ferguson, wicket-keeper Matthew Gilkes and Alex Ross will be looking to produce crucial runs for the side in this contest.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Chris Green, Arjun Nair and Daniel Sams to provide crucial breakthroughs. In the previous game, Sams and Nair bowled well and claimed two wickets. Medium-pacer Nathan McAndrew also delivered a tidy spell and finished with figures of 1 for 19 in his three overs.
Usman Khuwaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (captain), Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook, Chris Tremain
Alex Hales, CP Tremain, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Matthew Gilkes, Christopher Green, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Jonathan Cook, Alex Ross
2017 BBL Champions will be looking to field their strongest possible XI for this opening fixture. Travis Head and co. will need to their game plans right in order to challenge Sydney Thunder in this contest. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Travis Head, Jonathan Wells and Jake Weatherald to deliver the bulk of the runs. Last year, Jonathan Wells ended up as the leading run-scorer for Adelaide Strikers with 344 runs at an average of 44.87. The team management will be hoping that Wells can make a notable contribution to this contest.
Besides Jonathan Wells, wicket-keeper Alex Carey and opener Jake Weatherald are bankable performers for the side in this year’s competition. Last season, Carey scored 329 runs in 12 matches at an average of 27.41, whereas Weatherald accumulated 328 runs in 14 matches at an average of 23.42.
Strikers have plenty of quality all-rounders at their disposal for this year’s competition. Michael Neser, Cameron White and Cameron Valente will be looking to make crucial contributions with the bat and ball this season.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Michael Neser, Billy Stanlake and Wes Agar to make breakthroughs with the new-ball. Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan might be other option for the side for this contest.
Travis Head (captain), Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (wk), Jonathan Wells, Cameron White, Michael Neser, Cameron Valente, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Wes Agar.
Cameron Valente, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, WA Agar, Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, CL White, Billy Stanlake, JW Wells
The wicket prepared for the game will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The weather condition for the game to be game to be played on Saturday is expected to have sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
Manuka Oval in Canberra is going to host the game between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder. Sydney Thunder have managed to win six games out of ten matches played against Adelaide Strikers. Last season, Sydney Thunder registered a comfortable win over Adelaide Strikers at Sydney Showground Stadium.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and make use of new prepared wicket. The average score at the venue is around 125 to 130 runs.