Unbeaten in the Big Bash League season so far, Adelaide Strikers will host Sydney Thunder in a New Year's Eve spectacular at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
Three wins out of four with the other a ‘no result’, the Strikers have seven points from four matches. The Thunder started the season well with two straight wins, but have since gone on to lose one and see one ‘no result’ fixture.
Incidentally, the reverse fixture between these sides saw a ‘no result’ at Manuka Oval.
The Strikers continue to enjoy the excellent and consistent run-making of their top-order. Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells have all scored 150+ and will form the core part of their charge. With Phil Salt showing signs of improving his season, the Strikers look well covered with the bat.
Rashid Khan found his mojo against the Melbourne Renegades in their last game. That should give confidence to the side that is enjoying Peter Siddle’s continued consistency with the ball. With Wes Agar and Cameron Valente showing signs of improvement, the Strikers are striking the right chords.
A heart-breaking loss in the Sydney derby meant the Thunder are without a win since winning two in a row at the start of the season. They were unlucky not to have defeated the Strikers at Manuka Oval, having come very close to winning it via DLS method.
Callum Ferguson’s runs (156, SR 145.79) remain Thunder’s best chance to come out of the rut, while Alex Hales has shown a semblance of form in his last match. With the ball, Chris Morris and Daniel Sams remain their best bets with 11 wickets between them.
The Strikers have had a good start to their campaign, thanks to the exploits of their top-order. Carey continues to be their best batsman, and lends value with his patient build-up. Their bowling has come good and that should give them confidence for this match. The Thunder would have felt the disappointment of losing out a close match against the Sixers – a game they should have won both during the 20-over game and during the Super Over. It will be interesting to see how quickly they recover from that disappointment. For now, all the aces lie with the Strikers.
History & Statistics
- The last five completed H2Hs were won by the team batting first.
- Strikers have won four of the last five H2Hs.
- The team batting first has won 10 of 13 completed matches this season (excluding the Super Over result).
- Thunder had the highest opening partnership in each of their three completed matches.
- Thunder have lost 13 of 18 away matches that they batted first.
Carey has been very consistent for the Strikers, not just with the bat but also with his captaincy. His cool demeanour is leading the Adelaide show, and the Strikers should look forward to another big performance from him.
Hales looks to have regained his touch in the previous match and the Thunder should be confident of him doing well again in this match.