The 17th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
The match starts at 01:40 PM IST (08:10 AM GMT) (6:40 PM Local). This match can be watched live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
The Adelaide Strikers will host the Sydney Thunder in the 17th match of the ongoing BBL season which will also be the last game of the year. The atmosphere will be electric at the stadium in the anticipation of the New Year even as the two teams would love to present the crowd some great entertainment. The previous fixture between the Strikers and the Thunder had to be called off due to the smog quality in Sydney.
If the current form is concerned, the Alex Carey-led side is doing well as they are still unbeaten in the tournament and are sitting pretty at the top of the points table. The Thunder, on the other hand, lost to their rivals Sixers in the Sydney Smash in the super over. Nothing can separate both the sides at the moment and it is expected to be a thrilling encounter.
Rain is in the forecast to start the day with but it will clear up significantly by the time the match starts. It will be sunny around 6.30 PM when the match is scheduled to commence. There is no chance of rain during the action in the middle. The temperature will hover around 21-23 Degrees Celsius according to AccuWeather.
Only a solitary match has taken place this season at the venue so far. It was affected by rain and reduced to 18-over per side contest. However, the game was a high-scoring affair and a similar surface is expected to be on offer. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first as chasing is preferred at the Adelaide Oval.
Average first innings score: 169 (7 Matches during the BBL 2018-19 season)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 5; Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
Harry Conway returns to the Adelaide Strikers’ 13-man squad. He replaces Liam O’Connor.
Nathan McAndrew replaces Liam Hatcher in Sydney Thunder’s 13-man squad.
Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (C & WK), Jonathan Wells, Cameron White, Matthew Short, Rashid Khan, Cameron Valente, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake.
Bench – Harry Conway, Harry Nielsen.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (C), Matthew Gilkes (WK), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Chris Green, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook.
Bench – Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett.
Jonathan Wells has been dismissed only once in last four innings and is the second-highest run-getter for the Strikers with 161 runs to his name at a strike-rate of 145.04. Alex Carey (186 runs) and Jake Weatherald (152 runs) are the other batsmen in form for the table toppers. Rashid Khan and Wes Agar, with 6 and 5 wickets respectively, are leading the way with the ball. Peter Siddle is another consistent performer with the ball.
Callum Ferguson (156 runs at 78 average and 145.79 strike-rate) has to be your top pick for this match. Alex Hales has had a decent couple of matches opening the innings as well while Daniel Sams (7 wickets) has been the best bowler for the Thunder.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Alex Carey, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja
Vice-Captain – Callum Ferguson, Jonathan Wells, Daniel Sams
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Alex Carey (C)
Batsmen – Callum Ferguson, Alex Hales (VC), Jonathan Wells, Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald
All-rounders – Chris Morris, Daniel Sams
Bowlers – Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, Wes Agar
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Matthew Gilkes, Alex Carey
Batsmen- Usman Khawaja (C), Alex Ross, Jake Weatherald
All-rounders – Chris Morris, Matthew Short, Daniel Sams (VC)
Bowlers – Chris Tremain, Chris Green, Rashid Khan
With the flat pitch likely to be on offer, Alex Hales could be the perfect option to make C or VC in your Dream11 Fantasy team.
Usman Khawaja is yet to set the stage on fire and the placid surface could just work in his favour. Make him your captain in Grand League.
It is tough to predict a winner of this match. Though the Strikers are expected to keep the winning streak going.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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