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Adelaide Strikers look to spoil Sydney Thunder's Big Bash League hopes

Can Kieron Pollard sign off from the tournament with a bang?
Can Kieron Pollard sign off from the tournament with a bang?
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29th Match - Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers
18th January, 19:40 GMT | 08:40 GMT, Sydney Showground Stadium

Having already missed the boat for the play-offs, the bottom-placed Adelaide Strikers will be hoping to upset Sydney Thunder's chances when they lock horns with each other on the 29th game of the Big Bash League at Sydney Showground Stadium on Wednesday.

Having started the tournament with four consecutive defeats, Sydney Thunder have revived their campaign winning their last three games and their performance against Sydney Sixers were so dominant that they dismissed them for just 99 and chased the total in just 10 overs, boosting their net-run-rate as well. However, it is still in negative.

For them to qualify, they need to win the game against Adelaide Strikers with a big margin and will be hoping for the other results to go their way as well. Kurtis Patterson and Ben Rohrer have showed individual brilliance but never have been consistent and they will be hoping for their skipper Shane Watson and England international James Vince to come to the party in the crucial encounter. Carlos Brathwaite will be heading back to West Indies to play in a domestic ODI competition after this game and will be hoping to play sign off from the tournament on a high and has already picked five wickets from two games.

Fawad Ahmed and Chris Green have been their pick of the bowlers but they will continue to miss Pat Cummins, who has scored 134 runs and picked seven wickets as well in the six matches.

For the Adelaide Strikers, they have nothing but to play for pride. Their disappointing campaign have seen them register just two wins in the five matches with only Ben Dunk and Brad Hodge among the runs. Kieron Pollard has been disappointing with the bat but has contributed six wickets with the ball and the fact they lost Travis Head, Billy Stankale and Chris Jordan for international duty hasn't helped their cause either.

Squads from:

Sydney Thunder:

Shane Watson (captain), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Carlos Brathwaite, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Jay Lenton, Clint McKay, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, James Vince

Adelaide Strikers:

Brad Hodge (captain), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jonathon Dean, Ben Dunk, Jon Holland, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Tim Ludeman, Michael Neser, Kieron Pollard, Kane Richardson, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald

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