The Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers are scheduled to lock horns in Match No. 5 of the Big Bash League (BBL) on Friday, December 16. The Sydney Showground Stadium is set to host this exciting encounter.
The Thunder, led by Jason Sangha, had a lucky escape in their earlier match against the Melbourne Stars where they won by one wicket after chasing down 123 off the last ball. They will be looking to put forth a better showing at home against the Strikers.
The pace-bowling unit of the Thunder did well against the Stars, but their batters faced a lot of trouble. Had Gurinder Sandhu, batting at No.9, not played a cameo of 20 off 16, the Thunder wouldn’t have been able to secure two crucial points.
The Strikers, led by the very experienced Peter Siddle, will be happy with how they turned up against the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday. Having won their opening match by 51 runs in their own backyard, the Strikers will be brimming with confidence.
Matthew Short set the tone with a 53-ball knock of 84 with 11 fours and two sixes, helping the Strikers score 184/6 after opting to bat first. Thereafter, Henry Thornton and Rashid Khan picked up seven wickets to break the backbone of the Sixers batting unit.
Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Match Details:
Match: Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers, Match 5, Big Bash League 2022-23
Date and Time: December 16, 2022, Friday, 02:45 pm IST
Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Pitch Report
The pitch in Sydney is expected to be an excellent one for batting. A high-scoring contest seems to be on the cards. Bowlers may not have a lot of room for error. Teams should opt to field first after winning the toss.
Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Weather Forecast
There is no chance of rain for the time being. Playing conditions will be cool with temperatures around the 16-degree Celsius mark. There will be 24 percent cloud cover, but the heavens won’t open up. The humidity will be in the 60s at night.
Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Probable XIs
Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Match Prediction
The Strikers have a strong bowling attack and the Thunder batters aren’t in the best of form. If the likes of Rashid and Thornton find their feet, the Thunder may find themselves in a lot of trouble.
The Strikers were also impressive with the bat last time around and are the favorites to come up trumps against the Thunder
Prediction: Adelaide Strikers to win this encounter.
Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers Live Streaming details and channel list
TV: Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming: Sony LIV App
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