The Adelaide Strikers face the Sydney Thunder in the first semi-final of the 2015/16 Big Bash League at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday 21st January. You can get the latest Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder betting tips & watch its live streaming here.
Should the favourites to take the title, the Strikers, win Thursday’s contest, they will play either the Melbourne Stars or the defending Champions, the Perth Scorchers, in the final. That match would take place at the Adelaide Oval, the Strikers reward for finishing at the top of the qualifying table.
Should the Thunder cause something of an upset and overcome the Strikers on their own soil, they will face another road trip in the final, as they qualified as the lowest seeds. The final being played at the ground of the highest ranked team that qualifies.
The Strikers completed the qualifying phase of the tournament with seven wins from their eight matches, as they made it into the semi-finals for the second consecutive season. That one defeat however, came against Thursday opponents early in the season, at the Spotless Stadium.
On that occasion, the Strikers managed just 117-9 from their 20 overs, with their skipper Brad Hodge making top score with 34 from 33 balls. The Thunder coasted home, making the required target with still 21 deliveries remaining.
The Thunder, having won their first three matches, and looking like possible Champions, then lost four successive fixtures, and looked as if they could fail to even make the knockout phase of the BBL. However, victory in their final game, a Sydney derby against the Sixers saw them squeeze into fourth position.
The Strikers have all the momentum as a team going into Thursday’s contest, as well as home advantage at the Oval, where they have won all four games played in this season’s BBL. It looks likely that they will advance to their first ever Grand Final.
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder head to head:
Five previous meetings between the teams, has seen two wins each, with the other fixture ending in a “No Result”.
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder betting tips & predictions
Strikers to win
Match starts at 7.40 pm local time (0840 hours GMT) on January 21.