STR vs THU Dream11 Prediction: 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.
Date: February 1, Saturday.
Time: 1:30 PM IST.
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide,
Head to Head in BBL
Matches Played: 13
Adelaide Strikers: 6 Wins
Sydney Thunder: 5 Wins
Head to Head at Adelaide Oval
Matches Played: 5
Adelaide Strikers: 2 Wins
Sydney Thunder: 2 Wins
Squad Updates & Probable XI
Thunder will go unchanged for the coming T20.
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 fulfill the bowling duties.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Jay Lenton (wk), Arjun Nair, Brendan Doggett, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook
Strikers have named an unchanged squad for the knockouts.
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 Philp Salt has also supported well from the other end, with 356 runs in the matches competed so far.
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.
Peter Siddle, Michael Neser, Jonathan Wells, Travis Head (c), Alex Carey (wk), Matthew Short, Billy Stanlake, Philip Salt, Rashid Khan, Jake Weatherald, Wes Agar
Captain & Vice-captain
Captain: A Hales, C Ferguson, A Carey
Vice-captain: J Wells, J Weatherald, R Khan
STR vs THU Dream11 Team
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