BBL Preview: Thunder v Strikers

Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers: Sunday 7:10pm AEDT at Spotless Stadium, Sydney

Sydney Thunder will be taking on the Adelaide Strikers as both teams aim to recover from defeats at the hands of the Hobart Hurricanes. For the Sydney Thunder, currently in the fifth position on the league table, this match will be important to stay clear of the teams below them while the Strikers will try to consolidate their position in the top half of the table.

Thunder v Strikers Recommended Bets
Winner Adelaide Strikers WIN ($1.67)
Top Thunder Batsman Shane Watson ($3.70)
Top Strikers Batsman Travis Head ($3.50)
Top Thunder Bowler Mitchell McClenaghan ($3.50)
Top Strikers Bowler Rashid Khan ($3.20)

Match Preview

The Sydney Thunder almost pulled off an excellent run chase against the Hobart Hurricanes thanks to one of the more brilliant innings you will see this season. Jos Buttler scored 81 to drag his team within striking distance of the target but eventually just had too little support depend on.

This has been the story for the Thunder this season. Shane Watson is the second highest run-scorer in the tournament with 222 runs, Jos Buttler has recovered from a slow start to now have 181 runs to his name, and Kurtis Patterson continues to be steady at the top with 139 runs but there is an abyss after them

No other batsman has scored a fifty for the Thunder and 20 out of the 23 sixes hit by their team have come from the bat of Watson, Buttler, and Patterson. The Wolf is actually being quite charitable to Patterson by including him in the same breath as the other two batsmen since he has just hit one six and has no fifties to his name but seems to get a start in almost every inning.

Even the stellar bowling attack of the Sydney Thunder has been unable to keep them in the games because their batsmen just are not backing them up. Chris Green, Fawad Ahmed, Arjun Nair, and Mitchell McClenaghan make for an excellent bowling lineup with the fifth bowler being rotated around.

The Adelaide Strikers finally lost their first game chasing down a big total. It was something that the Wolf expected because their batting has a lot of questions to answer even as their bowling continues to impress.

Ben Laughlin, Michael Neser, and Peter Siddle all went for plenty of runs for a change which meant that their batsmen had to do the hard work. Plenty of cameos and an excellent fifty from Colin Ingram showed the limitations of this Strikers lineup. They need someone like Travis Head to play a big innings before departing for international duty otherwise they will be susceptible every time they are chasing down big totals.

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Head to Head

The record between these two teams is pretty even with the Strikers having a slight advantage 4-3 after 8 matches (one no-result). The last two matches have been won by the Adelaide Strikers and the two before that were won by the Sydney Thunder. The Strikers have also beaten the Thunder very comprehensively once this season already.

This is a match between two sides whose bowling is far superior to their batting. The Adelaide Strikers are a side that has been winning consistently this season and edges out the Thunder in batting as well. They just need to be careful from a batting blitz by either Watson or Buttler and they should have this match covered.

Bet: Adelaide Strikers WIN ($1.67)

Top Sydney Thunder Batsman

With 220+ runs to his name, 10 sixes and 22 fours already (more than anyone else in his team), Shane Watson has been in vintage form this Big Bash. He is also excellent against the spinners, something that he will need to be against Rashid Khan. The Wolf likes Shane Watson as the top batsman in this match and thinks he could make a mockery of the small boundaries at the Showground Stadium.

Bet: Shane Watson ($3.70)

Top Adelaide Strikers Batsman

Travis Head is striking the ball well but getting out after a start so far. He has the advantage of the ball turning into him against the Thunder leg-spinners and could be critical in countering them. With 122 runs to his name at a strike rate of 118.44, Head is in decent form and too good a batsman to fail consistently.

Bet: Travis Head ($3.50)

Top Sydney Thunder Bowler

Mitchell McClenaghan has an excellent bouncer which he can bowl either quick or with a changeup slower delivery. He is a natural wicket-taker who was until recently dominating international cricket for New Zealand. He has 8 wickets his name, joint most for the Thunder, and is giving away runs at just 8.17 runs per over. If the Strikers decide to be a bit cautious against the spinners, McClenaghan will benefit from being targeted.

Bet: Mitchell McClenaghan ($3.50)

Top Adelaide Strikers Bowler

If there is a match where Rashid Khan should be backed to take some wickets then it is this one. Apart from Watson, every other batsman in the Thunder lineup struggles against spin. Even Jos Buttler would not have seen too much of Khan in his career. The Wolf thinks Rashid Khan could bag himself 4-5 wickets if luck favors him a little. Easy choice this one.

Bet: Rashid Khan ($3.20)