Big Bash League Predictions: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder
December 31, 2019
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
The 17th match of the Big Bash League 2019-20 will see table leaders Adelaide Strikers host 3rd placed Sydney Thunder on Tuesday.
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, are coming with good performances this season winning two out of three matches and their loss against Sydney Sixers came in a close super over encounter in the last match.
It will be their second meeting of the season after the first ended in no result due to poor air quality and smog. Both teams will look to win this match and further go ahead in the points table.
Adelaide Strikers performance in Big Bash League:
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.
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 upcoming World Cup. He will look to continue his form with the bat and help his team post big scores.
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.
Sydney Thunder performance in Big Bash League:
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.
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.
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 against Sydney Sixers. 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.
Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Predicted line-up:
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matthew Short, Alex Carey (wk), Jonathan Wells, Cameron White, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook
It will be the second of the 7 games to be played at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide in the Big Bash League 2019-20 season.
In the first game at the venue, Adelaide Strikers defended their 198/4 total and won by 15 runs. It was affected by rain and the game was reduced to 18 overs per side.
Of the 7 games played at the venue, 5 were won by the team chasing the total.
169 was the average 1st innings score during the Big Bash League 2018-19 and all the teams scored 150 plus runs on the scoreboard.
BBL Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Prediction
- Callum Ferguson is 42 runs short to overtake Micheal Hussey as Sydney Thunder’s 3rd all time leading run scorer. He has scored 700 runs so far.
- Jake Weatherald need 26 more runs to become Adelaide Strikers second batsmen to reach 1000-run landmark.
- Jonathan Wells scored 55* off 32 balls when the two sides each other earlier this season.
- Daniel Sams picked 2 wickets and gave just 21 runs in his 4 overs against Adelaide Strikers including a maiden over earlier this season.
- Each franchise has won five matches in their 10 head to head clashes which have ended in a result.