The 6th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
The match starts at 6:10 PM local time (12:40 PM IST) (7:10 AM GMT). This game can be viewed on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Adelaide Strikers will be the last team to start their campaign in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) season. They will face the Sydney Thunder who are on a rampage winning both their matches so far. While they defeated the star-studded Brisbane Heat in the season opener, on Thursday, the Callum Ferguson-led side went past the defending champions Melbourne Renegades in the last over thriller.
The Strikers didn’t endure a good season last time around as they finished at the seventh position winning only six matches out of 14. This time around, they will be keen to improve their performance and qualify for the playoffs. Having said that, the side will miss its skipper Travis Head due to international commitments.
It will be extremely hot in the Australian capital Canberra on Saturday. There is no chance of rain whatsoever and the sun will be out since the morning. It will be cloudy from 6 to 7 PM but the rain is not expected to halt the proceedings. The temperature will hover around 29-32 Degrees Celsius according to Accuweather.
Two matches were played at the venue last season and both were affected due to rain. In a couple of T20Is played at the Manuka Oval, the teams haven’t enjoyed stroke-making at all with the pitch being slightly on the slower side. A similar kind of wicket is expected for this match as well. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first.
Average first innings score: 126 (In two T20Is played at the venue)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Chris Morris has joined the Sydney Thunder squad and will play this match. He replaces Jay Lenton in the squad.
Probable Playing XIs
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes (WK), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew/Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook
Bench – Chris Tremain/Nathan McAndrew, Liam Hatcher.
Alex Carey (C & WK), Jake Weatherald, Phil Salt, Cameron White, Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Harry Conway.
Bench – Harry Nielsen, Wes Agar.
Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales scored half-centuries in the previous match and are in good touch. Chris Morris, more often than not, picks a couple of wickets bowling at the death and then scores handy runs with the bat. With the pitch likely to be on the slower side, Green and Cook will be decent picks for this match.
Carey, when opens the innings, is a destructive T20 player and he should be your top pick for this match. Salt is also a very good player while Rashid Khan and Siddle should be crucial players for the Strikers.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey
Vice-Captain Options – Chris Green, Matthew Short, Rashid Khan
Suggested Playing XI no.1 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper – Alex Carey
Batsmen – Callum Ferguson (C), Usman Khawaja, Jake Weatherald
All-Rounders – Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Matthew Short
Bowlers – Chris Green (VC), Arjun Nair, Harry Conway, Rashid Khan
Suggested playing XI no.2 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper – Alex Carey (C), Matthew Gilkes
Batsmen – Alex Hales, Cameron White, Phil Salt, Jake Weatherald
All-Rounders – Chris Morris
Bowlers – Jonathan Cook, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan (VC)
If the pitch is slow, Alex Hales will struggle and it would only be wise to not pick him. Moreover, if picked, don’t make him C or VC at all.
Pick as many spinners and bowlers with variations in your Dream11 Fantasy team.
Chris Morris has been picked only in 9% of the teams so far and he is a good option to be made the captain in Grand League contests.
Sydney Thunder are expected to win the match.
*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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