Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney ThunderToday Match Prediction. The Adelaide Strikers will meet the Sydney Thunder in the BBL’s 28th match on Friday. Both sides will be eager to end the year on a high note and enter the New Year in a positive frame of mind. Adelaide Strikers’ poor run in this competition has continued, as they have now lost four games in a row. They continue to be short on big hitters in the middle of the order, which is their biggest source of worry. They are in 7th place in the rankings with 7 points after a single victory.
On the other side, the Sydney Thunder defeated the Perth Scorchers by 34 runs on Tuesday to capture their third win of the tournament. At the number three place, Jason Sangha is playing really well. They bat deep, unlike the Adelaide Strikers, and must yet be consistent. With 13 points, they are in the fourth position in the rankings.
Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder BBL.
Date: December 31, 2021
Time: 01:45 PM IST.
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
Tomorrow’s weather is shaping out to be sunny. The daytime temperature will reach 33 °C, while the nighttime temperature will drop to 23 °C. It will be dry with no precipitation and clouds covering 5% of the sky, with a humidity of approximately 30%.
The batters’ track at Adelaide Oval has a long history of being favorable to hitters. As shown in the two previous contests played at this site, there is enough on offer for quick bowlers as well. The team batting first will aim for a total of 175 runs, which appears to be a manageable total on this surface. Spinners that bowl faster in the air have had success on this surface, and Rashid Khan, for example, should be able to take advantage of the circumstances.
Peter Siddle (c), Jake Weatherald, Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Short, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, George Garton.
Chris Green (c), Sam Whiteman, Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Tremain, Tanveer Sangha.
The majority of the scoring has been done by Matthew Short and Jonathan Wells, although they haven’t had much help. Matthew Short is a graceful stroke maker who can make great use of the long handle. In this competition, he has 156 runs and one wicket to his credit.
The Strikers will rely on Rashid Khan’s all-around ability. Rashid Khan is a leading wicket-taker for every team he represents across the world. In this league’s first six games, he has taken 10 wickets and scored 30 runs with the bat.
Despite having Rashid Khan, probably the finest T20 bowler in the world, the Adelaide Strikers have been unable to breakthrough in recent encounters, and they now face a team riding a wave after their triumph against the Scorchers. The Thunder’s strength-in-depth outweighs Adelaide’s, and fast bowler Saqib Mahmood is likely to keep up his fine form with the ball, allowing the visitors to take early wickets. The momentum of Sydney Thunder is anticipated to see them win at the Adelaide Oval if the top order takes full benefit of both the powerplay and power surge, all while playing intelligently against the mysterious spin of Rashid.