About the Match
With three consecutive wins, Sydney Thunder has now climbed up to the 6th position with 6 points and will now try to keep the momentum going when they meet Strikers, who are at the bottom of the table with 4 points, on 18th January at Sydney. The Strikers have been on a slippery slope, and are desperate for a win now; the Thunder, on the other hand have recovered well after their winless streak at the beginning of the tournament and will put their best foot forward to win on home turf. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges here and emerge victorious.
Spinner Fawad Ahmed put up an astounding performance with the ball, taking 4-14 against Sixers in the last game to restrict the opposition to 99 runs; he got good support from speedster and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who took 3 wickets, Watson and Chris Green. The batsmen then achieved the 100-run target in just 10 overs thanks to a superb 38 off 26 by Patterson and useful knocks by Vince and Ben Rohrer.
Previously, against Hurricanes, Shane Watson led from the front with a brilliant 55 off 31 during the chase for 162 runs. Vince contributed with 44 off 28 while Patterson and Vince supported well to steer the team across the finish line with 3 overs to spare. Earlier, the bowlers did well to contain the opposition to a modest total; speedsters Clint McKay, Brathwaite and Pat Cummins provided regular breakthroughs and bring depth to the attack that also has the services of spinners like Ahmed, Green and Arjun Nair.
They have gained strength to strength after three straight victories and will leave no stone unturned to move up the ladder further with another win on Wednesday.
Chasing 172 against Renegades, Ludeman and Ben Dunk set up a good foundation with a 53-run opening stand; Pollard, Hodge and Dean kept the scoreboard ticking but couldn’t come out all guns blazing to take the team to a much-needed win. Speedsters Keiron Pollard, Ben Laughlin and Neser took quick breakthroughs while spinners Liam O’ Connor and Ish Sodhi took a wicket each but they ended up facing a competitive target.
Batting first against Melbourne Stars, Ben Dunk and Ludeman tried their best to give a solid start but were dismissed with just 97 runs on board. Hodge and Pollard couldn’t get the big runs and they could muster only 152 runs, which the bowlers found impossible to defend despite a brilliant 3-19 by Ben Laughlin and good performances by Sodhi and Neser.
They have a good batting line-up with experienced players like Pollard, Dunk and Brad Hodge, who can try to set a tough challenge to the Thunders here. The bowling squad has a good mix of spinners and pacers, who could outwit the opposition with their clever variations here.
The Thunders are on a winning roll and doing very well with bat and ball; they will be determined to win this contest to push their campaign ahead. The Strikers have a well-balanced team with in-form batsmen and bowlers but would need to a cool head above their shoulders to outwit the hosts. The match could swing either way but we feel that the high flying Thunders will shine again with their batting power to emerge victorious on Wednesday