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There is absolutely nothing to separate these two teams based on head-to-head statistics, as both sides have got the better of each other on seven occasions. However, with the recent run of form being inclined in their favour.
Sydney Thunder are the outright favorites to win this match (-152)
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Adelaide Strikers: Jake Weatherald, Matthew Short, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Liam Scott/George Garton, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall/Wes Agar, Peter Siddle (c), Fawad Ahmed
Sydney Thunder: Sam Whiteman/Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Saqib Mahmood, Tanveer Sangha
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Adelaide Strikers made it to the playoffs in the last two editions of the Big Bash League, but it would require a miracle and a half if they want to make it three consecutive playoffs appearances in a row. Peter Siddle’s boys are having a campaign to forget, as they have won only one of their six matches.
They started off with a narrow defeat against Melbourne Renegades but then registered a 49-run triumph against the same opposition. Since then, however, things have gone terribly downhill, as the Strikers have lost four matches in a row.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold, but three wins from six encounters have proven to be enough to hand them a top four place. They won only one of their first three matches, but have since done well to register two victories in their previous three outings.
Bowling has been the Achilles’ heel of Adelaide Strikers, who have conceded over 160 runs in three of their last four matches. Quite understandably, Jason Gillepsie and his think tank might make a few changes to the bowling contingent. Having conceded 44 runs without picking any wicket in his last match, Wes Agar might have to make way for Daniel Worrall, while Englishman George Garton could be replaced by the all-rounder Liam Scott, so as to strengthen both batting and bowling departments.
Since they got the better of title contenders Perth Scorchers in their last match, Sydney Thunder are likely to field an unchanged playing XI for this game, though there is room for one tweak. Matthew Gilkes could score only a couple of runs against the Scorchers and might have to make room for Sam Whiteman.
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Sam Billings: Sam Billings has turned out to be a fantastic acquisition by the Sydney Thunder management. The English wicketkeeper-batter is currently his team’s leading run-scorer, having accumulated 236 runs in six matches. He played a stunning knock of 67 runs in the previous outing against Scorchers, while earlier in the season against Brisbane Heat, the Pembury lad struck 64 runs.
Rashid Khan: Like Thunder, Adelaide Strikers’ best performer this season has been an overseas acquisition as well. A mystery that has remained unsolved since its inception, Rashid Khan is once again setting the Australian shores ablaze with his scintillating spells. Having picked up 10 wickets in six matches, he is currently the Strikers’ leading wicket-taker. The 23-year-old has scalped a couple of three-wicket hauls – against Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers.
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|Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, Match 28 – Information|
|Teams||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder|
|Location||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide|
|Time||Friday, 31st December, 1:45 PM IST/08:15 AM GMT|
|How to watch||Sony Six, Sony Ten, Sony LIV, SuperSport (South Africa), Willow TV (USA and Canada), Fox Cricket (Australia), BT Sport (United Kingdom), beIN Sports (Middle East)|
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