MATCH PREVIEW (THU vs STR)
⏺️⏺️PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Oliver Davies, AD Hales, AI Ross, RR Rossouw, Jason Sangha(C), DR Sams, M Gilkes, Brendan Doggett, Chris Green, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Gurinder Sandhu
AJ Hose, Thomas Kelly, CA Lynn, J Weatherald, Colin de Grandhomme, MW Short, HJ Nielsen, WA Agar, Rashid Khan, Henry Thornton, PM Siddle(C)
The pitch at Sydney Showground Stadium has a balanced surface for the white-ball game. The average first innings score here is 146 runs with good amount of help for the pace bowlers.
Sydney Thunder will clash against Adelaide Strikers in the fifth match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23 at Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney on Friday. Fazalhaq Farooqi, Daniel Sams, and Gurinder Sandhu took two wickets each to restrict the Stars to just 122/8, and then Alex Ross scored the highest 28 runs off 27 balls to chase the target with a wicket and a ball remaining.
Adelaide Strikers also started their campaign with a big 51-run win against Sydney Sixers in their opening clash. Matthew Short smashed 84 runs off just 53 balls to help the Strikers score 184/6 while batting first and then Henry Thorton took four and Rashid Khan grabbed three wickets to restrict the Sixers to just 133/7 runs. They have won two of their last five matches against the Thunder but are favorites to win this match.
⏺️⏺️PLAYER PICKS FOR THIS MATCH:-
⏺️👉 Main Picks:-
Matthew Short STR | ALL
The 27-year-old Australian opener smashed the highest 84 runs off 53 balls against Sydney Sixers in the last match. He scored 493 runs and also took 8 wickets from 16 matches last season.
Rashid Khan STR | BOWL
The star Afghanistan leg-spinner ranks second in the current ICC T20 Bowler’s chart and bowled a match-winning spell in the first match against the Sixers by grabbing three wickets for 21.
⏺️👉 Hot Picks:-
Jason Sangha ST | BAT
Sydney Thunder captain scored crucial 24 runs off 25 balls against the Stars in the opening clash. He was the leading run-scorer for the Thunder last season with 445 runs from just 12 innings.
Alex Hales ST | BAT
The experienced English opener scored 16 runs off 12 balls against Melbourne Stars in the last game. He was in excellent form in the T20 World Cup 2022 with 212 runs from just six innings.
⏺️👉 Differential Picks:-
Daniel Sams ST | ALL
The experienced bowling all-rounder scored only two runs but took two wickets while conceding just 21 runs against the Stars in the last match. He scored 191 runs and took 19 wickets for the Thunder last season.
Peter Siddle STR | BOWL
Adelaide Strikers’ captain failed to take wickets against the Sixers in the last match but conceded only 20 runs from his four-over spell. He took the highest 30 wickets from just 17 innings during the BBL 2021-22 season.