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Saturday December 21, 2019
Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers
Venue: Manuka Oval | Start: 6:10pm (AEDT)
Sydney Thunder – The Thunder have started the season with a bang, and with two wins from two are the early frontrunners in BBL09. After getting the job done at the Gabba in the season opener, they knocked off reigning champs the Renegades on Thursday night in a tight encounter. It was only a matter of time before Alex Hales announced himself in this season’s Big Bash, and his man of the match 68 (38) swung the game in the visitors’ favour. Partnering Usman Khawaja at the top (66 off 46) the two are likely the premier opening pair in the competition, at least until Matthew Wade returns to partner D’Arcy Short for the Hurricanes.
Coach Shane Bond looks to have settled on a well-balanced best XI with three spinners. With five bowlers, however, they are forced to bat Chris Green at number seven. Given they have lost just six and four wickets respectively in their opening two games, their batting depth hasn’t been properly tested. Whether their rather heavy reliance on top order runs pays off going forward is to be seen, but banking two early wins puts them in a great position ahead of their first home clash in Canberra.
Adelaide Strikers – It’s our first chance to see the Strikers in BBL09, who have stayed fairly stable in the off-season. While Jason Gillespie’s side have lost the experience and hitting power of Colin Ingram, they gained a wise old head in Cameron White from the Renegades, coming off a title-winning season. They’ve also gained recent England call-up Phil Salt who will likely partner Jake Weatherald at the top of the order this season. On a bowling front, Gillespie loses the BBL’s all-time leading wicket taker in Ben Laughlin after he expressed a desire to move home to Brisbane. To replace him, they’ve opted for NSW quick Harry Conway who started the season brightly in both the Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield.
Besides the relatively raw Salt, the Striker’s best XI is very experienced. The likes of Alex Carey, Jake Lehmann, Jon Wells and even Matt Short have all been playing Big Bash cricket for several seasons now, while with the ball one of the world’s best Rashid Khan will team up with Aussie test squad quicks Michael Neser and Peter Siddle (once they return from the current squad) and big quick Billy Stanlake. Before that pair return, it’s likely in-form youngster Wes Agar, along with Conway and Nick Winter will have to pick up the slack.
Betting Analysis – There was just two BBL games played at Manuka last season, both in which the batting sides were profitable. Given the scorching conditions (a Canberra record, in fact) this week, expect a hard and fast wicket and outfield. For the Thunder, top runscorer is a toss-up between Khawaja and Hales after their 66 and 68 respectively in the win over the ‘Gades. With the ball the Thunder don’t boast any renowned wicket-takers but Arjun Nair’s four wickets in the last two games puts him in good shape. For the Strikers, expect Weatherald to start strong in a format he flourishes in, and the world’s best in Rashid Khan to kick off BBL09 with a bang.
Head to Head: Sydney Thunder
Top Runs Scorer – Sydney Thunder: Usman Khawaja
Most Wickets – Sydney Thunder: Arjun Nair
Top Runs Scorer – Adelaide Strikers: Jake Weatherald
Most Wickets – Adelaide Strikers: Rashid Khan