Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers are ready to clash in the match 28 of the Big Bash League (BBL) in Sydney on Sunday. The game is an important one for the home side as they need nothing less than a win if they are to stay alive in the competition and progress to next stage.
In their previous match, Shane Watson-led unit faced 15-run defeat through Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method while playing against Brisbane Heat. In the batting department, Thunder will be depending on the likes of experienced middle-order batsman Callum Ferguson and skipper Watson to score bulk of the runs, more so in the absence of England's duo of wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and Joe Root, who are now heading back to join the national team for the upcoming tour of West Indies. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and left-arm pacer Daniel Sams to provide timely breakthroughs.
On the other hand, Strikers will enter the contest full of confidence after registering an impressive 41-run win in their previous match against Melbourne Stars. In the batting department, visitors will be relying on the likes of Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of leg-spinner Rashid Khan and pacer Michael Neser to provide timely breakthroughs. In the last five meetings between both teams, Strikers have a clear edge as they won on four occasions, whereas Thunder emerged victorious