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BBL 2018-19, Match 28: Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Sydney Thunder should manage to get the better of Adelaide Strikers due to home advantage if rain doesn’t hamper their plans again.

Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Sydney Thunder looking to gain back some momentum losing four of their last five matches which puts them at No.6 in the points table. They will face Adelaide Strikers who have four wins from seven matches in their 8th match including three from their last four matches. The Thunder have a couple of changes to make ahead of this game as both Jos Buttler and Joe Root left the team to join England’s Test squad facing Windies in the Caribbean.

The New Zealand all-rounder Anton Devcich and Chris Jordan are signed as International replacements. Jay Lenton has been added to the squad in the place of Nathan McAndrew. The local player Lenton will be keeping wickets for Thunder in place of Buttler. Billy Stanlake has been released from the Australia ODI squad that is facing India at home. The lanky pacer will be available for the game against Thunder and has been added to the squad in the place of Wes Agar.

Match Details:

The 28th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 will be played between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers at the Sydney Showground Stadium.

The match starts at 2:45 PM local time (3:45 AM GMT) (9:15 PM IST).

The game will be live on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in India. Live streaming is available on Sony Liv.


Pitch Condition/Report:

The scores produced at the Showground Stadium has witnessed a drastic change this season compared to the last season where the average first innings total was 168. The ball kept low in some of the matches but the most recent game between Thunder and Heat turned out to be a high-scoring one. It was due to rain prior and during the game that quickened up the track. As the game progressed, the pitch was back to its nature of being on the slower side.

Squads:

Sydney Thunder:

Shane Watson (C), Fawad Ahmed, Jono Cook, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Chris Jordan, Arjun Nair, Sam Rainbird, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha.

Adelaide Strikers:

Travis Head (C), Billy Stanlake, Colin Ingram, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen (W), Liam O’Connor, Matt Short, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells.

Injury and Availability Updates after the announcement of the squads:

England’s Jos Buttler and skipper Joe Root left the Thunder team to join the Test squad.


Power Picks:

Jono Cook can be named the find of the season for Sydney Thunder. The leg-spinner is a good fit for the slow track at the Showground Stadium. The 29-year-old picked up only six wickets from six games this season including three in the last match. Cook has conceded runs at an economy of 7.00.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Daniel Sams suffered a couple of failures this season but has been the most effective player for the Thunder. Travis Head will be hoping to return to the Australia Test squad with a big knock. Anton Devcich could be a handy bowling option opening the innings on a slow Sydney surface.

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Harry Nielsen

Batters – Shane Watson, Travis Head (C), Callum Ferguson, Colin Ingram

All-Rounders – Anton Devcich, Matthew Short, Daniel Sams (VC)

Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Ben Laughlin

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Jay Lenton

Batters – Jake Weatherald, Travis Head, Callum Ferguson, Colin Ingram

All-Rounders – Anton Devcich (C), Michael Neser, Daniel Sams (VC)

Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Chris Green, Ben Laughlin

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Expert Advice:

The new inclusions Jay Lenton and Anton Devcich are expected to make it to the playing XI. However, Chris Jordan might not have a spot given the fact that they already have a settled bowling. Liam O’Connor can also be picked from the bowlers’ category considering his consistency.

Probable Winners:

Sydney Thunder should manage to get the better of Adelaide Strikers due to home advantage if rain doesn’t hamper their plans again.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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