Adelaide strikers will take on Sydney Thunder in the 53rd match of the ongoing big bash league at Adelaide oval today. Both the teams have assured their Top 5 finish in the tournament. Strikers are the more balanced outfit with the right mix of youth and experience. Led by Travis Head the team has got Alex Carey, Phil Salt and jakeWeatherald who are in top-notch form with the bat. Moreover, they have defeated thunder when they clash each other earlier. Rashid khan’s absence has made a quite impact in their bowling and lower-middle order but the team has able to cover his absence with the likes of Danny Briggs. Wes agar and Peter Siddle are bowling well for strikers and they are ably supported by Liam O’Connor and Michal Neser. Matt Renshaw and Ryan Gibson are doing their part in the middle over. If they want to advance into finals they have to play as a unit. Fittingly now the team is not dependant of single-player and Travis Head’s all-round contribution is paying more dividends.
Sydney Thunder on another hand will look to back to their winning ways after a loss against Sydney Sixers in their last game. Alex Hales is in fine touch and with the bat which is an added advantage. Because players like hales can change the course of the game at any particular time. They had a strong batting unit with the likes of Usman Khawaja, Captain Callum Ferguson and Sam Billings. All are in fine touch with the bat. They need to back to their winning ways which is will them to secure a playoff berth. When it comes to their bowling department Chris green and Tanveer Sangha are doing a fine job with their spin but their pace bowling counterparts like McAndrew, Ben Cutting and Brendan Doggett are not able to keep their game under control. They have been leaking runs which puts too much pressure on Tanveer Sangha and Chris green.
Players to watch out for:
With IPL auction is on the cards players a strong BBL performance will attract IPL Franchises. Thunder is also needed his strong batting performance against strikers bowling line-up. He will also look to end the BBL in a high note by making his team securing a playoff berth.
Wicketkeeper batsmen have led Adelaide Strikers from the front before their regular captain Travis Head to take over the menaces. He has played a couple of good knocks that has helped his side secure the top-five berth. He will look to put up a strong performance today as well which will help him to boost his confidence when heading towards play-offs.
Pitch and Adelaide oval will favour the batsmen but offers bit assistance to seam bowlers as well. Keeping wickets in hand will be the ideal option for the teams that won the toss.
Expected Playing XI:
Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (C), Oliver Davies, Sam Billings (WK), Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Brendan Doggett and Tanveer Sangha.
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Alex Carey (WK), Jake Weatherald, Travis Head (C), Phil Salt, Matt Renshaw, Ryan Gibson, Michael Neser, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Liam O’Connor and Peter Siddle.
Strikers hold a slight advantage as they have their last two games and are a more balanced outfit that thunder. So you can expect them coming better against thunder today.