Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers BBL Tips, Preview and Predictions - Strikers to continue winning

Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Thunder

Only two points separate Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers, but they are in opposite halves of the Big Bash League standings heading into Sunday's showdown. 

That makes this match at Sydney Showground Stadium an interesting fixture in the context of the season with the Thunder third from the bottom (W3, L4) while one extra win puts the Strikers in second place (W4, L3). 

Their recent form can’t be more contrasting. While the Thunder have lost their last two, the Strikers have won three of their last four and also won the meeting earlier in the season.

Sydney Thunder


England international Jos Buttler (273 runs, SR 135.14) has guided the Thunder thus far this season, but has left for national duty. That leaves them short at the top of the order, as Callum Ferguson (158 runs, SR 126.40) and Shane Watson (120 runs, SR 112.14) continue to be inconsistent.

Hard-hitting all-rounder Daniel Sams (ten wickets, 135 runs) has been the find of their season. Fawad Ahmed (nine wickets, SR 7.83) is rising up the charts, although his economy is a worry. Replacement overseas players Chris Jordan and Anton Devcich will be thrust straight into the side.

Adelaide Strikers


The departure of key players to national duty hasn’t affected the Strikers, who enjoyed the return of Travis Head (43 in 31 balls) to vault past Melbourne Stars on Friday. Jake Weatherald (218 runs, SR 132.92) remains their most potent batsman, but the improved form of Colin Ingram (177 runs, SR 138.28) is the most exciting news.

Rashid Khan (11 wickets, ER 4.85) continues to be frugal and effective at the same time. Among others, Michael Neser (seven wickets, ER 7.25) continues to fly under the radar while Billy Stanlake re-joining the squad is a huge positive.

Match Up


The departure of Buttler puts a lot of pressure on the misfiring Thunder top-order and it is up to their captain Watson to provide the direction now. Bowling remains a bit up and down as well, making them a tough team to back.

Head’s return worked like a dream for the Strikers, who seem to have a much-settled batting unit than their opponents. Even their bowling looks a bit more clinical than the Thunder giving them a distinct edge.

Key Battles 


Ferguson has looked good with a couple of 40s, but has flattered to deceive in his last two games. With Buttler gone, it is time for the stylish right-hander to deliver.

Head’s return to the side makes Strikers strong at the top of the order, notwithstanding Carey’s departure for national duty.

History & Statistics


  • Strikers have won their last four H2H matches against the Thunder.
  • Strikers have won all the three H2H matches when Thunder have won the toss.
  • Thunder have won only nine of their 32 home matches (28%), which is the worst home record among all BBL teams.
  • Thunder have not lost three BBL matches in a row since BBL 2016/17.

Prediction


The Strikers have shown that they can overcome the absence of key players, while the Thunder remain low on confidence and form. Though the replacement players Devcich and Jordan are expected to improve the side, the Thunder do not look up to defeating the visitors.

Tips


Back the Strikers to win @ $1.73 (BetEasy).

Back Ferguson to hit at least one six @ $2.50 (Ladbrokes).

Back Khan to be the top Strikers’ bowler @ $3.25 (Unibet).

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