Adelaide Strikers will face off against the Sydney Thunder in the 53rd match of the Big Bash League season 2020-21. The match will be between two teams that will want to impress in the upcoming fixtures.
Adelaide Strikers did not have a good start to the tournament as they lost some early matches. However, they made a good comeback and got their momentum back in the middle of the season. They have won seven of the 13 matches they have played so far. They are currently in the 3rd position in the points table and have lost six matches. In their last match, they beat the same team Sydney Thunder by six runs. In that match, they won the toss and elected to bat first. Till the 9th over of the innings, their batsmen were going strong. However, post the 9th over, they almost collapsed. They could score 159 runs in the 20 overs.
Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, and the skipper, Travis Head scored 31 runs each. On the other hand, Alex Carey scored 29 runs. They won the last match courtesy of a strong performance from their bowlers. They defended their score successfully. Michael Neser was the pick of the bowlers, who scalped three wickets in the three overs he bowled, giving away just 17 runs. Peter Siddle also bowled beautifully in the last match, as he picked up two wickets in his four overs giving away 22 runs. Liam O Connor and the skipper, Travis Head picked one wicket each. Wes Agar and Danny Briggs did not pick up any wicket.
Sydney Thunder has been pretty average this season. They have won 7 matches out of the 13 matches they have played. They have suffered 6 defeats and are placed at the 4th position in the points table. They lost their last match against the Adelaide Strikers. They bowled first and leaked 159 runs in 20 overs. Brendan Doggett was the peak of their bowlers, as he picked up 2 wickets in his four overs, giving away 21 runs. Nathan McAndrew and Adam Milne picked one wicket each while Ben Cutting, Chris Green, and Tanveer Sangha failed to pick up any scalps in the most recent match.
The main reason for their loss was their batting order. Their batting order collapsed after the ninth over. They were 73/2 in 9.2 overs and could then score 153 runs in their 20 overs, falling short of the target by 7 runs.
Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Thunder have faced each other 13 times. The Adelaide Strikers have won 6 matches while the Sydney Thunder have won 7 matches.
Adelaide Strikers have a much stronger team on paper than the Sydney Thunder. Philip Salt, Alex Carey, and Michael Neser are in excellent form for Adelaide Strikers. Also, the Adelaide Strikers have beaten Sydney Thunder in the last match. So, they are the favourites to win this match.
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Date and Time:
25th January 2021 (Monday)
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
(The odds might change without prior notice)
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