Date & Time: Saturday, February 01, 14:10 IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
No second chance from now on
It’s knockout time in the Big Bash League 2020 as Adeliade Stikres host Sydney Thunder on Friday. The Thunder has cruised their way into the eliminator with their win against the Hurricanes. The win might give them the much-needed morale boost. On the flip side, Strikers would have finished in the top 2 if not for their loss in the last group match. But now this is what it is in front of them, they need to knock out Thunder to progress into the Challenger. Playing at home the Strikers back themselves for sure but with the way Thunder dominated the proceedings against the Hurricanes, it may not be as easy as they would have thought earlier.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same XI of their respective last match.
Sydney Thunder possible XI-
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson(c), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Jay Lenton(w), Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett
Adelaide Strikers possible XI-
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head(c), Alex Carey(w), Jonathan Wells, Rashid Khan, Matthew Short, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake
The surface in Adeliade Oval as proved to be the most sporting venue of the season. Everyone has had a say on the surface. The average score of first innings in the season is around 160.
He has scored more runs than any other batsmen in the last 10 overs of the innings in the season. He is the top run-scorer for Strikers in the season with 444 runs from 13 innings. He has been the man for Strikers whether to rescue an early collapse or to score rapidly at the end of an innings. He has a PPM of 41 and an MDTA of 1.3 in the tour.
He has found his feet in the second half of the season as he piled on runs in almost everyone game. He has scored close to 250 runs in the last 7 matches of the league phase. His ability to convert the good start into a substantial innings makes him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match. In the last five matches, he has a PPM of 69.8 and an MDTA of 1.
The young pacer has come a long way in the season from being a rookie at the start of the season to being amongat the top wicket-takers of the season. He has picked 16 wickets from 11 matches played.
One just can’t leave out the leading wicket-taker of the season even with his inconsistent form. He has made the most use of his rhythm when he is on song by chipping in with at least a couple of wickets. A good show in the big match like this knockout could help his cause to be in the radar for T20 leagues around the world.
The experienced campaigner may have lost some pace in the second half of the season but he is still proving to be effective with his slower balls. He has picked 18 wickets from 13 matches and also proved to be handy with the bat especially in the last two games, unlike the previous games he had played this season.