Big Bash League Today Match Prediction (BBL 2019): Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers
Manuka Oval, Canberra
December 21 Manuka Oval, Canberra
The 6th match of Big Bash 2019-20 will be played between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on Saturday.
Sydney Thunder are riding high after registering back to back wins in their opening two matches of the Big Bash 2019-20 League season. The Thunder are coming off a comfortable 6 wickets win over the defending champions Melbourne Renegades.
Meanwhile, Adelaide Strikers will be keen to forget their last season where they finished 2nd last with six wins in 14 games and begin their new campaign on a high note.
Sydney Thunder’s performance in Big Bash League:
A clinical batting performance helped Sydney Thunder chase down a target of 170 against defending champions Melbourne Renegades with two balls remaining. Opener Usman Khawaja scored 66 runs off 46 balls while his partner Alex Hales was much quicker and hit 68 runs at a strike rate of 178.95.
Skipper Callum Ferguson and Alex Ross will be handing the middle order duties while Daniel Sams and Chris Green will once again hope to continue their all-rounders roles.
Arjun Nair and Daniel Sams both have picked two wickets in each of the Thunders game and will be keen to continue their impressive form while facing the Strikers. Chris Green will be responsible to keep the runs in check in the middle overs.
Adelaide Strikers performance in Big Bash League:
There have been two main changes in Adelaide’s squad, South African batsman Colin Ingram departing and Cameron White coming over from the Renegades after their maiden championship. Ben Laughlin has also been released from his playing contract, heading to the Brisbane Heat. He will be replaced by Harry Conway.
The Strikers regular skipper Travis Head is away on the national duties and he will be replaced by wicket keeper batsmen Alex Carey for the captaincy role.
Phil Salt and Jake Weatherald will be responsible for proving a quick start to the Strikers. Skipper Carey and Cameron White are expected to handle the middle order duties.
Matt Short and Michael Neser will be most probably continuing their all-rounders role from the last season.
Rashid Khan and Billy Stanlake will be pivotal for the Strikers in Big Bash 2019-20 League season.
Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Predicted line-up:
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook, Chris Tremain.
Phil Salt, Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey, Cameron White, Harry Nielsen (wk), Matt Short, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Harry Conway, Wes Agar
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
It will be one of the two games played at Manuka Oval, Canberra during the Big Bash 2019-20 League season.
Both the games played in Big Bash League 2018-19 were affected by rain. One of them was won by the team batting first while another was won by the team chasing the total.
Sydney Thunder scored 181 runs in one of them while chased down a target of 166 in 18.2 overs.
Only 2 T20I games have been played at the venue and both have been won the team chasing the total. 126 is the average score of team batting 1st. 151/3 is the highest total scored at the venue by an international team.
Today's Match: Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Prediction
- Usman Khawaja scored 66 runs from 46 balls in his last game against Melbourne Renegades. Meanwhile, Alex Hales scored 68 runs at a strike rate of 178.95. He hit 10 boundaries. They will be looking to replicate their performances.
- The Thunder’s top 3- Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson- have all already registered one half centuries each after just two games of Big Bash 2019-20 and look poised to continue that momentum.
- Daniel Sams picked two wickets and gave away just 26 runs in his 4 overs.
- Adelaide Strikers have won 4 of their last 5 head to head games against Sydney Thunder.
- Strikers’ Rashid Khan picked up 12 wickets in Big Bash League 2018-19. He was the 2nd most economical bowler of the season, giving away just 6.14 runs per over.