Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, Knockout T20 Match Prediction2020-02-02
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Can Sydney Thunder put up another clinical show to move closer to the championship?
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The BBL 19-20 is now moved to the most vital stage of the tournament. Sydney Thunder after defeating the Hobert Hurricanes in eliminator game moved into the final top four teams of the season. Now, the Thunder and third rank Adelaide Strikers will take on each other in the Knockout game on Saturday. The winner of this game will move to the next game and losing team will be out of the race.
Adelaide Strikers had a better league stage than the rivals as they lost just 5 games whereas Thunders in 7 games. Adelaide Strikers have pretty strong middle-order batting and the quality bowlers with the likes of Rashid khan and Peter Siddle in the unit. On the other hand, Sydney Thunders have a pretty good bowling attack and the batting in pretty heavy at the top. Adelaide Strikers are coming to this game on the back of losing the last game while Thunder’s will come to this high on confidence following the win in an eliminator. The home side, Adelaide Strikers will be looking to avenge the last defeat versus Sydney Thunder on the other hand Thunder’s will look to carry on good form and move to the semis.
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One of the reasons for the success of Adelaide Strikers this season is they haven’t depended on one man to run the show. At various stages, different players have chipped-in. Ones again, the team would be relying heavily on their in-form player Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Alex Carey to score the bulk of the runs.
Jonathan Wells is having a great season, he scored 444 runs from 13 innings at a staggering average of 74.00. The onus will be on him to carry on the good form and score big runs in the crucial game of the season. Opening batsmen, Jake Weatherald has been a second-best batsman for Strikers this season, scored 389 from the last 14 innings. He is an aggressive opening batsman who can smash the ball all around the park. He would look to provide the good start up-front. His opening partner PD Salt also supported well from the other end, with 356 runs.
Strikers also possess players from Aussies national team such as Travis Head and Alex Carey. Both are a good striker of the balls and they provide great stability in the middle order batting. Notably, Alex Carry smashed 363 runs in just 10 innings and had got great success in international cricket of late.
In the bowling department, Rashid Khan, hands down, is the best. He has 18 wickets so far and has also scored 124 runs in 11 innings at the strike rate of 156.96. He is also an ICC top-ranked T20 bowler. Along with him, Peter Siddle (17 wickets) can also make an impact bowling at the death.
Key Player – Jonathan Wells, Travis Head, Rashid Khan
Sydney Thunder had a pretty seesaw season during the league stage, where they never had won or lost more than two games in a row. Similarly, few key players like C Ferguson and Usman Khawaja also had an up-down performance in the league. On the other hand, Alex Hales has consistently scored the runs throughout the season and also he was the architect of many Thunder’s wins during the league stage.
Alex Hales has scored 509 runs from 15 games at an average of 39.15. Ones again, he will be the key to the Thunder's batting unit in the most important game. His opening partner, Usman Khawaja also back in-form with his 54 runs inning in the eliminator against Hurricanes. The opening duo had century partnership in the previous game and this will give Thunder’s a huge boost coming into this game. Skipper Callum Ferguson also played impact knock of 22 balls 33 in the last win. He is a second-best batsman for the side, scored 368 runs from 15 innings. His rich experience of BBL will be vital during this pressure game.
Daniel Sams and Chris Morris could turn out to be the X-factors while Jonathan Cook and Brendon Doggett will lead the bowling unit. Daniel Sams is the leading wicket-taker of BBL and fully deserves that position. He has been a prolific wicket-taker and is effective at all stages in the competition. Chris Morris, Gurinder Sandhu, Arjun Nair, and Jonathan Cook are the other players in the Sydney Thunder that will help fulfil the bowling duties.
Key Players: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Daniel Sams
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0.12 mm.||6.19 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|03h||18||0.38 mm.||6.38 k/h||From: S||100%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||4.31 k/h||From: SSW||94%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||6.26 k/h||From: SSW||8%|
|12h||18||0 mm.||4.85 k/h||From: S||24%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||5.5 k/h||From: SSW||75%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||5.77 k/h||From: WSW||71%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||6.83 k/h||From: SW||95%|
The forecast for this match is absolutely clear. It will be partly sunny in Adelaide when the game will get underway and there is no chance of rain at all. The weather will hover around 23-24 Degrees Celsius according to AccuWeather.
The match will be played at the Oval stadium in Adelaide. Generally, the Adelaide Oval is reckoned to be the best batting wicket in Australia. Out of the last 6 games played at this venue, three games were won by batting first and three games by the chasing team.
In the earlier games of the tournament at the Adelaide Oval has alternatively witnessed low scores however in the previous game at the same venue witnessed 400+ score in a game, where batting first team won the game. In addition, as it’s knockout game team would look to bat first and put the opponent under pressure scoring massive runs in the first inning.
Hence, we expect the team winning the toss will look to bat first at this venue.
It’s a clash of batting heavy units. Both sides have a good number of international star players and the in-form players who are consistently performing in the tournament. Hence, we expect it to be a thrilling game of contest however Thunder will be the favorites to win this game considering the recent form of top-order batsmen and the pacers in the unit.
We predict Sydney Thunder will win this match.
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