The 51st match of the Big Bash League (BBL) will see Sydney Thunder take on Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval in North Adelaide on 24th January.

The game between the Thunder and Strikers is scheduled to start at 10:35 AM IST. It will be aired live on Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 2 HD. Mobile viewers can stream it live via the Sony LIV app.

Preview: Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers, 51th Match

The 51st match of the BBL will be played between a team that’s placed in the upper half on the points table and the other that’s sitting in the bottom half. Sydney Thunder has had a great start in BBL 2020-21, but are experiencing a downfall in form lately. They have played 11 games in BBL 2020-21 so far, and have managed to register a victory in 6 of them. In their last game against Hobart Hurricanes, the Hurricanes won the game by 6 wickets at the Manuka Oval. The Thunders have collected 23 points in BBL 2020-21 so far.

As for the Adelaide Strikers, they are currently occupying the 7 position on the points table. The Strikers have played 11 games in the BBL till now, and have won 5 of them. In their last game against Melbourne Stars, the Strikers experienced a humongous 111 runs defeat at the MCG Stadium. The Strikers have bagged 20 points in the tournament so far and will be keen to stop their opponents and register their victory in the upcoming clash.

Pitch report

The Adelaide Oval has been a host to five matches in BBL 2020-21. Out of these five encounters, the teams opting to bat first won twice, while the chasing sides have claimed three victories. The last encounter at this venue was between Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers, where the strike successfully chased the target of 149 runs and registered a victory by 5 wickets. Earlier this month, Melbourne Renegades were able to chase the target of 178 runs of this venue. So, taking into account the recent records, a score of 170+ is defendable at the Adelaide Oval.

Weather report

The weather at Adelaide Oval on Sunday is forecasted to be partly cloudy, though no showers will precipitate the game. The temperature will be looming around 35 degrees Celsius and the humidity is expected to be around 20%.

Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers probable XI

Sydney Thunder: Probable XI

Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Oliver Davies, Chris Green, Ben Cutting, Tanveer Sangha, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew.

Sydney Thunder Bench

Arjun Nair, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Baxter Holt, Jason Sangha, Adam Milne, Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook.

Adelaide Strikers: Probable XI

Alex Carey (C & WK), Matt Renshaw, Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Jonathan Wells, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Short, Daniel Worrall, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Danny Briggs.

Adelaide Strikers Bench

 Liam Scott, Harry Nielsen, Liam O Connor, Daniel Worrall, Matt Short.

Wicketkeeper: Alex Carey

Batsmen: Matt Renshaw, Philip Salt, Alex Ross, Callum Ferguson, Oliver Davies

All-rounder: Ben Cutting, Michael Neser  

Bowlers: Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan McAndrew

Top picks for Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers

Wes Agar has been phenomenal for the Strikers in the 10th edition of the BBL. In 11 innings, Agar has scalped 17 wickets at an economy rate of just 7.96. Also, he has garnered the Player of the Match title once in this BBL season.

Although Michael Neser has failed to make much of an impact with the bat, he has delivered consistent performances with the bowl. In 10 innings, Neser has accounted for 10 wickets at a decent economy rate of 8.11. Also, he has five catches to his name in this year’s BBL.

Man of the match prediction

Wes Agar could be the Man of the Match in the next game.

Winner prediction

Both Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers are experiencing a mixed season since the last few matches. The Thunders have lost four of their previous five matches, whereas the Strikers have won two of their previous five encounters. So, both sides will be keen to register a victory in their next match. But considering the Strikers’ humongous 71 runs in their previous encounter against the Scorchers at Adelaide Oval, it’s likely that they will win the upcoming game at the same venue.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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