Sydney Thunder started the Big Bash well with back to back wins but have only been able to win just one game from the next five matches. They would be without Usman Khwaja who is part of the national team.
Pacer Pat Cummins has been rested by Cricket Australia. England nationals Jos Buttler and Joe Root have also flown back. They are expected to be replaced with Anton Devcich and Chris Jordan. Jay Lenton will take up the wicket keeping duties which may mean that Sam Rainbird has to sit out.
Callum Ferguson has hit back to back for 40s against Adelaide Strikers and Perth scorchers while senior pro Shane Watson is yet to make a mark. The bowling looks a bit thin with the spin of Chris Green, Anton Devcich and Fawad Ahmed expected to do the bulk of the bowling.
Adelaide Strikers are missing the services of Peter Siddle, Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake. Ben Laughlin, Wes Agar and Harry Nielsen have come into the side to replace them. Not included in the Australian ODI team, Travis Head is back to captaining the side and struck a 31-ball 43 in the last game to take the team to a 41-run victory.
With the ball, Rashid Khan has been exceptional. He has been able to pick 11 wickets and this is after the batsmen has played him very cautiously and have tried not to give him a wicket. This is the reason why Rasid boasts of an economy of under five. Michael Neser has been also good with the ball.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Sydney Thunder- Anton Devcich, Shane Watson, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Jay Lenton, Chris Jordan, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Jonathan Cook, Fawad Ahmed
Adelaide Strikers- Travis Head, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram, Matthew Short, Jon Wells, Harry Nielsen, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Liam O'Connor, Wes Agar
Who will win? – Adelaide Strikers
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Anton Devcich (Sydney Thunder), Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Fawad Ahmed (Sydney Thunder), Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers)
Most Sixes – Anton Devcich (Sydney Thunder), Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers)
Team Scores Batting First – Sydney Thunder 145+, Adelaide Strikers 155+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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