The 1st semi-final of Big Bash League 2015-16 will be played between the Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, January 21 2016. Get the Big Bash 1st Semi Final Match Prediction Tips at cricfrog.com with Strikers vs Thunder semi final match preview and team analysis.
The Adelaide Strikers topped the BBL Points Table in the group stage as they won seven matches from eight group matches this season. The Sydney Thunder qualify for the semi-finals with just four wins from eight games during the league stage. While the Strikers did not let their foot off the gas and are coming into this game on the backs of a win over the Melbourne Renegades in their last fixture, Sydney Thunder beat cross-town rivals Sydney Sixers in their last match heading into the semis on Saturday.
The Adelaide Strikers proved that they are the best in every aspect, their performances this year have been on the mark and nearly all of their players have contributed towards the success of the team. Veteran Hodge has again proved that age is just a number and has been a crucial player for the team. Sydney Thunder have not played that well this year but the side got the job done in clinical fashion in their final league fixture. It would have given them good belief going into the semi-final on Thursday. Watson, Hussey and Russell will need to be at their best once again if the Thunder are to cause a major upset and earn a place in Sunday’s final.
Adelaide Strikers Key Players: You can’t go past Adil Rashid. The England spinner has been a revelation for the Strikers and sits atop the BBL wicket table. Travis Head has been making headlines all season for his heroics with the bat and another big knock from him will be important.
Sydney Thunder Key Players: This is his last BBL season and Mike Hussey is determined to go out on a high note. Age has not slowed him down – he is averaging 55.4 for the season. Usman Khawaja looms as a danger man after big knocks in his only two appearances to far (he’s averaging 171 thanks to an unbeaten 109 and 62), while another big one to watch is West Indies import Andre Russell, currently the league’s top-ranked allrounder.
Head To Head Record: The Sydney Thunder won this year’s regular season clash by seven wickets at Spotless Stadium. Good bowling from Andre Russell and Clint McKay, who claimed two wickets apiece, restricted Adelaide to 119, before 49 not out from Jacques Kallis saw the Thunder home in 16.3 overs. The overall ledger stands at 2-2, with one no result.
Sydney Thunder Team News: In-form Australian batsman Usman Khawaja returns for the Thunder after a stint carrying drinks in the ODI squad, while they are also hopeful veteran Jacques Kallis will be fit after some injury concerns.
Mike Hussey, Fawad Ahmed, Ahillen Beadle, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Chris Green, Chris Hartley, Jacques Kallis, Usman Khawaja, Alister McDermott, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson
Adelaide Strikers Team News: The Strikers are adamant star import Mahela Jayawardena will be fit to play after missing Adelaide’s last two outings due to injury, while Gary Putland joins the side for the first time this summer, with the pace-bowler overcoming a calf injury he suffered early on in the Strikers’ season to return for the semi-final. Kane Richardson remains with Australia’s limited-overs squads.
Brad Hodge, Jonathon Dean, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Mahela Jayawardena, Alexander Keath, Hamish Kingston, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Tim Ludeman, Michael Neser, Gary Putland, Adil Rashid, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake Hobart
The form of the two teams suggests the Thunder should win this one easily, but the strength of the Thunder’s lineup means they cannot be written off. Far from it, in fact; a batting order boasting Kallis, Khawaja, Watson, Hussey and Russell is, on paper at least, as good as any in the Big Bash. The Thunder’s bowling attack also has the firepower to trouble a much less-experienced Strikers lineup – Clint McKay and Russell have taken 14 wickets apiece and Fawad Ahmed’s spin should be well-suited to the Adelaide Oval.
The Adelaide Strikers will certainly be hard to beat; they haven’t won seven of their eight games this season due to luck. But aside from Hodge and Jayawardene, they’re lacking experience, and a bowling attack missing two of their three first-choice seamers means they’ll be relying on players who are not used to the pressure of such a big match.
The Strikers should go into the match as favorites, but the Thunder have beaten them once already this season. So today Big Bash Match Prediction says that this match of Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder will won by Thunder although the toss of Strikers vs Thunder match will be won by Strikers and they will ball first.