Fantasy Cricket Tips: Sydney Thunder won the Eliminator against the Hurricanes and now will play the Strikers in the knockout. Thunder were clinical against Hurricanes as their openers and bowlers did the job for their team.
On the other hand, Strikers are coming off a loss against the Hurricanes in their last league game but still they are a very strong team on paper. The likes of Rashid Khan and Travis Head have been in good form for the Strikers.
The winner of this match will play against the loser of the Qualifier 1 whereas the loser goes home. So, basically you have to win if you want to stay in the competition. It will be a great contest when these two teams meet on the 1st of January at the Adelaide Oval.
The temperature will hover in the low-20s and mid-20s with a slight chance of rain on the 1st of February.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Pitch Report
A lot of domestic T20s have been played at this venue. Out of the 47 T20s, the team batting first has won 27 games and the team batting second 20.
The average score batting first is 165 but in the last game at the Adelaide Oval against the Hobart Hurricanes it turned out to be a run-fest as both the teams scored in excess of 200.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Injury and Availability News
All the Australian players are available for this encounter.
Probable Playing XIs:
Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (C), Alex Ross, Jay Lenton (WK), Daniel Sams, Chris Morris, Brendan Doggett, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook
Bench – Tanveer Sangha, Jason Sangha, Olivier Davies, Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu
Jake Weatherald, Phillip Salt, Travis Head (C), Alex Carey (WK), Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar
Bench – Liam O Connor, Jack Lehman, Nick Winter,
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top Picks
In the shortest format, you can’t form a fantasy team without Rashid Khan, so he has to be one of the top picks. Alex Hales is in a top-notch form so it would be good to pick him. Travis Head and Usman Khawaja can be a couple of more top picks.
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks:
Captain – Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Travis Head
Vice-Captain – Jonathan Wells, Daniel Sams, Chris Morris
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.1
Keeper – Alex Carey
Batsmen – Alex Hales (C), Usman Khawaja, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells
All-rounders – Chris Morris, Travis Head, Daniel Sams
Bowlers – Rashid Khan (VC), Peter Siddle, Arjun Nair
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.2
Keeper – Alex Carey
Batsmen – Jonathan Wells (VC), Callum Ferguson, Travis Head, Philip Salt
All-rounders – Rashid Khan (C), Chris Morris, Daniel Sams
Bowlers – Jonathan Cook, Wes Agar, Arjun Nair
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Expert Advice
The last T20 game held at this venue turned out to be a run-fest as both the teams made big runs. If the nature of the pitch remains the same then it would be better to stick with high-quality batsmen like Hales, Khawaja, Head, Carey, and Salt. Rashid Khan is a big match player and he might perform well on Saturday. Among the quicks, Peter Siddle and Daniel Sams would be good options.
Adelaide Strikers has lost their last game whereas Thunder has won their last game but the Strikers have a better team on paper and so they would start as favorites in a knockout game.
The Knockout of the Big Bash League will take place between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on the 1st of February.
The match starts at 2:10 PM IST (18:40 Local Time). The live streaming of the match will be available on the Sony Liv App.