In the Big Bash League 2021, the match between Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Stars has been postponed because of the new Covid-19 variant. After that, we’ll have some of the most exciting matches of the tournament to look forward to.
A matchup between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder, the two teams tied for third place in the points standings, is scheduled for later this week. The game will take place at Adelaide Oval on December 31st.
ADS vs SYT Team Previews
When the tournament began, Adelaide Strikers were not expected to win the championship, but they were also not expected to be languishing at the bottom of the standings. The Strikers, despite having some of the format’s most renowned players, were unable to maintain the level of consistency they had hoped for. They are now in a precarious position and will need to win a few matches in a row in order to maintain their current standing.
According to the current league standings, a single win from six matches has put the Strikers in seventh place. They have a net run rate of -0.525, which could be a factor if they start moving up the ladder, in addition to their poor ladder position.
The Strikers have gone four games without a victory in the tournament and their spirits may be dwindling. In the most recent match, Hobart Hurricanes were able to chase down their total with seven wickets remaining and nine balls to spare despite scoring 175 runs on the board.
Strikers’ bowlers have fallen short of expectations twice in the last two matches, revealing the team’s current state. Because their bowling is their strongest asset, including Wes Agar, Peter Siddle, and Rashid Khan, this is a bit of a surprise.
There are some obvious limitations for the Strikers on paper, and they’ve been haunting them for the last few matches. With Alex Carey and Travis Head out, the rest of their batting lineup has suffered, and that has turned out to be a telling factor. It got even worse for them because their bowling isn’t up to par. In the future, the Strikers must be alert and play at the top of their game if they are going to have a chance of winning.
We expect Jake Weatherald and Matt Short, two of our best players, to get things off to a good start. With Jonathan Wells and Thomas Kelly in the middle order, Matt Renshaw has to play a significant role in the middle order. Rashid Khan and Harry Nielson, two players who haven’t performed at their peak, should help. Despite the hype, Rashid Khan hasn’t lived up to the hype. In order to win this match, he and Siddle must use their experience. The players would like to see better spells from Garton and Wes Agar, who haven’t played well with the ball so far. It would be imperative for Short and Fawad Ahmed to play an outstanding supporting role in this game.
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A win over Perth Scorchers last week has shown how dangerous Sydney Thunder can be when playing at their best. Sydney Thunder had been having an average tournament up until that point. Even though they are still in a precarious position in the standings, they will go into their next game with more self-assurance.
It was a disappointing start for Sydney Thunder, but they’ve gained some momentum in recent matches with a string of victories. Sydney Thunder have won six and lost three of their six matches so far in the competition. Sydney Thunder’s net run rate of 0.442 is a result of those wins and a few boost points, and they have a total of 13 points.
Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to extend a winning streak that has seen them win two of their last three games. While this is good news, they haven’t been at their best and will need to improve in the final stages of the tournament. When the Thunder defeated the Scorchers, they did so with a team effort that saw their batsmen and bowlers deliver flawless performances. Jason Sangha and Sam Billings each contributed 50 points to the Scorchers’ total of 200.
Even for the Scorchers, chasing such a large total was never going to be easy, but Thunder’s bowling proved to be the difference maker. Saqib Mahmood and Chris Green each took two wickets to help keep the Scorchers to a score of 166 all out.
Overall, the Sydney Thunder have a respectable team, but they must improve in a few key areas. The top order of Alex Hales and Matthew Gilkes is a little shaky because of their inconsistency. They’ll have a hard time getting past them if they can get that taken care of and the rest of their players play to their potential.
With Alex Ross in the middle of the order, Sam Billings and Jason Sangha should continue their hot streaks and score more runs. Both Alex Hales and Matthew Gilkes have fallen short of their teammates’ expectations thus far. There is a lot of batting depth in the form of Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, and Ben Green. The team is counting on Sams and Saqib Mahmood to take early wickets. In light of their recent success, Nathan McAndrew and Green would also be confident. Sangha and Cutting both have talented bowlers who can cause problems for opposing batsmen.
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Toss and Condition
One of Australia’s most storied venues, Adelaide Oval has a reputation for favouring spinners. Having said that, in the two games played here, we haven’t seen much of this. A high-scoring contest was the most recent of these two matches, and we expect the surface to behave similarly in the upcoming contest. The sun has shone brightly and the temperature has remained in the mid-twenties since arriving in Adelaide. We expect the surface to be much drier than in the previous two matches played here, and the spinners are likely to benefit from this. Having said that, batsmen will enjoy playing here once they get their rhythm down. The team batting first should aim for a total of at least 180 runs in this situation.
ADS vs SYT Betting Tips
This match is significant for both teams because of their positions on the ladder. Sydney Thunder’s victory will help them climb the standings and lock up a spot in the playoffs. This victory for Strikers is more about securing a place in the playoffs. Both teams are expected to come out firing on all cylinders, so this should be an exciting matchup. Taking into account both teams’ on-paper compositions and recent results, betting on a Sydney Thunder victory is the best bet here.
In Australia, this is one of the few surfaces known to aid spinners greatly. The long boundaries will make it difficult to hit big shots against Rashid Khan, who should enjoy bowling here. A bet on Khan to be the day’s best bowler for the Strikers appears to be a good bet at this point in time.
The Strikers’ dismal performance was largely due to their batting, with the openers failing to make an impact. They have a tendency to get off to a slow start with the bat, but that has proved to be a game-changer in almost all of their matches. We don’t expect the Strikers to be ruthless at the top with Matthew Short and Jake Weatherald struggling recently. As opposed to the Sydney Thunder, who are led by the naturally aggressive Matthew Gilkes and Alex Hales, expect a flurry of early aggression from the Thunder. Choose Sydney Thunder to finish the first six overs with the highest score.