Adelaide Strikers will be up against Sydney Thunder in match 28 of the Big Bash League (BBL). Strikers have lost four games in a row and are placed seventh on the points table. Thunder, on the other hand, managed to hold to their fourth spot after a win over Perth Scorchers. Thunder would be hoping to solidify their position in the top half of the points table, while Strikers would want to end their losing streak.
The Peter Siddle-led side’s last win came against Melbourne Renegades. Post the thumping 49 run win, the Strikers have looked mediocre. Only a few players like Rashid Khan, George Garten, and Wes Agar have looked good. The remaining players have not contributed much in all of the six matches.
The biggest problem for Strikers has been their bowling. They are not able to control well in the middle phase of the innings. Rashid has lacked support and that has resulted in the opposition fetching easy runs.
Meanwhile, the Thunder got back to winning away after securing a convincing 34 runs victory over Scorchers. Sam Billings carried on his good run and scored 67 to help Thunder post 200. The bowling was also pretty decent and restricted Scorchers to 166-8. Thunder will be hoping to carry on their winning run.
The Adelaide Oval surface is good for batting. Spinners will get some turn thus the batters need to be wary of the threat they pose.
Adelaide Strikers: Jake Weatherald, Matthew Short, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, George Garton, Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle (c), Fawad Ahmed.
Matthew Gilkes/Sam Whiteman, Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Chris Tremain, Tanveer Sangha.
Matches- 14, Adelaide Strikers – 7, Sydney Thunder – 7
Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, Match 28, BBL 2021-22
Date: December 31, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 1:45 pm IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network