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Can the Strikers make it a tournament sweep and sink Sydney Thunder further?

  • Sydney Thunder has slipped down to 6th position in the league table following their 8-wicket loss to the Melbourne Stars and a 15-run loss to Brisbane Heat under Duckworth & Lewis method.
  • Adelaide Strikers were on a roll defeating Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Renegades. They then lost to the Sydney Sixers despite good performances from Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells.
  • Both teams are on 6 points each with the Strikers also scheduled to meet the Melbourne Stars on the 11th of January.

Sydney Thunder will stop the downward spiral that they have been experiencing in recent times by defeating Adelaide Strikers here at the Sydney Showground Stadium.

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The 28th match of BBL 2018/19 will see Sydney Thunder taking on the Adelaide Strikers on the 13th of January 2019. The match will be played at the Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney and will be of immense importance for both the teams. Read further on our cricket betting prediction for this match to find out what we predict will be the outcome of this match.

 

Strikers defeat Thunder in Adelaide

The Adelaide Strikers defeated Sydney Thunder by 20 runs when the two teams met at the Adelaide Oval on New Year’s Eve. Colin Ingram won the toss and decided to bat first in good batting conditions. They scored 175 for the loss of 4 wickets in their allotted 20 overs with Alex Carey and Colin Ingram playing attacking half-centuries. Carey made 59 off 40 deliveries with 9 hits to the ropes while Ingram played his only inning of substance to date, blasting 6 sixes on his way to a 43-ball 75. Daniel Sams was the pick of the bowlers for Thunder with 2 for 24 in 4 overs while Chris Green bowled 4 overs for just 18 runs.

 

Sydney Thunder got a good start to their run-chase from Shane Watson and Jos Buttler. They were 74 for 2 at the halfway stage with Callum Ferguson and Joe Root at the crease. Ferguson top scored with 47 off 39 deliveries with 4 hits to the ropes. The Thunder batsmen could not keep up with the asking rate and this resulted in a steady fall of wickets. They finished on 155 for 6 to thus lose the match by 20 runs. Peter Siddle was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 20 in 4 overs while Rashid Khan and Ben Laughlin stifled the middle-order giving away just 60 runs in 8 overs bowled between them.

 

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Sydney Thunder has now lost 4 matches in a row against the Adelaide Strikers. The Strikers have dominated Thunder at Sydney winning the last 2 matches played at the venue with margins of 77 runs and 25 runs respectively. However, our cricket prediction tips suggest that Sydney Thunder will set this record straight by defeating the Strikers at home this year.

 

Sydney Thunder and the Adelaide Strikers have 6 points apiece. The Strikers are set to take on the Melbourne Stars today as we write this tip and they have the opportunity to move up to the 2nd position if they win that match. The Strikers are in 7th spot with just 6 points from 7 matches with a NRR of -0.284. They will need to pull off 2 or 3 wins in a row if they are to come out of this position that they find themselves in.

 

Key players for Sydney Thunder

 

Jos Buttler continues to head the run-scoring charts for the tournament having scored 273 runs from 7 matches. He has a top score of 89 and a strike rate of 135.14. Callum Ferguson has made 158 runs with the top score of 47. The problem for Thunder in terms of batting has been the form of Shane Watson, Joe Root, and Jason Sangha. The three players have not done much to push the scoring along during the middle period of the innings and have got out for less than 20 more often than not. This has put the good work done by the top order to waste plus put undue pressure on the likes of Daniel Sams and Chirs Green.

 

Medium pace bowler Daniel Sams continues to take wickets while bowling the difficult overs when the slog is on. He has 10 wickets but at a cost of over 9 runs per over. Sam Rainbird will take the new ball for Thunder. He has taken just 3 wickets in 7 matches and has not managed to fill the wickets column frequently enough. Fawad Ahmed and Jonathan Cook are the leg-spin bowlers in the side. Ahmed has captured 9 wickets while Cook now has 6 wickets in 6 matches with best figures of 3 for 27. Chris Green will be expected to limit the scoring rate with his off-spin and his tall frame makes it difficult for the batsmen to pick the ball out of the hand.

Top performers for the Strikers

Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey are the top performers with the bat for the Strikers. Weatherald has scored 203 runs in 6 innings inclusive of 2 half centuries. He has confidently attacked pace and spin alike and his strokes square of the wickets have pierced the gaps with relative ease. Carey may not be available to play this match, as he is part of the national team ready to take on India in the ODI series. Hence, the responsibility of making runs will fall on the shoulders of Mathew Short, Jonathan Wells, and captain Ingram.

 

The key weapon for the Strikers with the ball is Rashid Khan. We through our Cricket Prediction Tips showed how inspirational Khan has been this series and his decision to play on even after the demise of his father is quite commendable. He has taken 10 wickets giving away just 118 runs and more importantly is conceding runs at just 4.91 to the over. Michael Neser will have added responsibility with the new ball, as both Billy Stanlake and Peter Siddle will not be available for selection due to national duties. Liam O’Connor will need to support Rashid and he can sure learn a lot about leg-spin bowling in T20 cricket from the maestro from Afghanistan.

 

Cricket Prediction Tips

So here are our cricket prediction tips for this match. Have a look at our analysis on the past matches, player records and the statistics given above. What do you think now? Well, our prediction is a win for Sydney Thunder in their home conditions. Do you agree with us?

Match Info

Tournament:

BIG BASH LEAGUE 2018-19

Format:

t20

Home Team:

Sydney Thunder

Away Team:

Adelaide Strikers

Date:

Jan 13, 2019

Time:

03:45 GMT

Venue:

Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, Australia

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