Sydney Thunder: $2 with Sportsbet
Adelaide Strikers: $1.95 with Bet365
If you have survived the Australian heat this week, you have earned the right to sit back and enjoy this mouth-watering Big Bash League matchup between the Sydney Thunder and the Adelaide Strikers.
The Thunder have caused two upsets in the first three games of BBL9, beating both the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba and the Melbourne Renegades at GMHBA Stadium. They started the season as $10 long shots in the Big Bash outright odds, but already the Green Machine’s price has shortened to $6 at Sportsbet.
Usman Khawaja has led from the front with 88 runs in his two innings, but he isn’t the only source of runs for the Thunder. Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson have both proven they can make big scores, whilst Alex Ross brings good production to the table coming in at five.
The Adelaide Strikers have plenty of dangerous players, but none more so than Rashid Khan. With 37 BBL wickets in his first two seasons, the 21-year-old Afghani star has taken Australia by storm with his unpredictable spin.
There are two significant additions to the Adelaide batting lineup this summer. Phil Salt is a highly rated hitter from England, while BBL8 winner Cameron White adds loads of class and experience.
Thunder vs Strikers top batsmen tips
Alex Hales 30+ runs @ $2.20 with BetEasy
With an average of 31 for his T20 career and 37.5 in his first two BBL9 matches, Alex Hales is going to be a tough opener to keep quiet. The Englishman gave away his wicket in the first match due to the anxiety to immediately impact, but he bounced back with an impressive 68 in the win over the Renegades. Hales has the confidence to play his natural game and knows what he can achieve, which is why he will exceed 30 runs against the Strikers.
Alex Carey 20+ runs @ $1.55 with BetEasy
While Australia utilises Alex Carey in the middle order, he is one of the most reliable opening bats in the Big Bash. Carey starred in BBL7 with 443 runs at 49.22 and followed up with 329 runs at 27.42 in BBL8. Carey will take pride with the bat and lead the way for the Strikers in tough conditions against the Sydney Thunder.
Thunder vs Strikers top bowler betting
Daniel Sams most wickets @ $4.33 with Bet365
Only two players for the Thunder have taken a pair of wickets in each of their first two matches, being Arjun Nair and Daniel Sams. Nair is a spinner and can take surprise wickets, but the Strikers will clearly study the footage and understand his tactics. On the other hand, you cannot prepare for the raw pace and variety of Daniel Sams, which is why he is our choice for the most Thunder wickets.
Peter Siddle most wickets @ $4.50 with Bet365
It was a coin toss between Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan, but we think the pace and accuracy of Siddle will be more lethal than the spin brilliance of Khan. Siddle will put the ball close to a hitting position, sucking in the batsman and drawing false shots. The whole world has studied Khan and knows not to take him on.
Thunder vs Strikers betting predictions
Sydney Thunder to win @ $2 with Sportsbet
We tipped against the Sydney Thunder twice in the first two matches and they won them both. The bowlers have impressed us the most as the combination of spin and pace being used at the right times cripples the opposition. The Strikers could easily surprise us and win since we haven’t seen them yet, but we will take the winning form of Sydney this Saturday afternoon.
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