The Big Bash League heads back to Sydney on Sunday when the Sydney Thunder host the Adelaide Strikers in what should be a decent match. The two sides sit in fourth and fifth in the table heading into the match so a win would do wonders for the pair of them.
Sydney Thunder probably need to pick up the victory more than their opponents here because they have already played five matches and have only won two. The Strikers have won three of their four matches so are in a good position.
It has been an up and down campaign for the Sydney Thunder so far. They got off to a quick start when they beat their city rivals Sydney Sixers although that isn’t much of a form guide with the Sixers yet to win a match. They have also beaten the Hobart Hurricanes but have suffered defeats to Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart.
Their batting struggled earlier in the season but as Jos Buttler found form the rest of the line up has delivered the goods but when the batting has fired the bowling has struggled and vice versa. You get the feeling that when they put up a complete performance they will be a good side but guessing where it will come is the tricky part.
The Strikers were perfect for the season until they rolled into Hobart last time out where they got turned over courtesy of a beauty of an innings from D’Arcy Short. I’m sure Jason Gillespie has been around long enough to know that is the game and not panic but he will want his side on it here as the Thunder have dangerous players.
One thing that Adelaide have up their sleeve is a very good bowling line up, one which can be effective in all conditions which will really help them. With some part time spin options on top they have a number of bowlers which gives the captain the freedom to make the necessary changes. On the flip side there is a light look to their batting still.
The Sydney Thunder have named an unchanged squad for this match. Jos Buttler will be playing his final game for the Thunder and he will be looking to leave his franchise on a high.
Adelaide Strikers have made one change to the squad which lost in Hobart last time out. Liam O’Connor comes in for Wes Agar and could offer another spin option on a wicket which has taken some turn and could again with the insane temperatures during the day.
I fancy the Adelaide Strikers to win this match but they are plenty short enough and are coming in here off the back of a defeat so I will let them win and head to the player performance markets for a bet on this match.
Colin Ingram has a line of just 21.5 which he has covered three times in four in this series and I see no reason why he can’t cover that again. He scored 66 in Hobart so you get the feeling he is adjusting to the wickets in Australia but this particular wicket could see his leg spin employed. He always has catching potential for bonus points but really a player of Ingram’s class should be reaching 22 with the bat more often than not.
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