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13 Dec 2018 by Ben Morse

2018-19 Women's Big Bash League – Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 15th December, 03:20 (UK)

Where? Bellerive Oval

Weather? Cool with the possibility of light rain and temperatures of 20c

What channel is it on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream the match? This match can be streamed live on the BT Sport app and website

Are tickets still available? https://www.adelaidestrikers.com.au/tickets#gender=women

THE TEAM NEWS

Adelaide Strikers

Coach: Andrea McCauley

Captain: Suzie Bates

  • Weather denied the Adelaide Strikers the opportunity to bounce back from their heartbreaking last-ball defeat to the Melbourne Renegades as two huge storms forced their rematch with the Renegades to be postponed with the Strikers in a good position.
  • The Strikers had restricted the Renegades to 84/4 from 14.3 overs before heavy rain caused a long delay and, after being set a revised total of 78 from 11 overs, Adelaide were 27/2 off 4.3 overs before rain and lightning struck once again.
  • Adelaide have named an unchanged squad to face the Thunder in the next outing, which means that Sophie Devine has recovered from suffering shoulder soreness while fielding against the Renegades and England spinner Danielle Hazell has been cleared after experiencing a calf injury whilst bowling.

Sydney Thunder

Coach: Joanne Broadbent

Captain: Alex Blackwell

  • Having been beaten by reigning champions and local rivals Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder returned to winning ways last time out as they successfully defended their total of 192 by bowling Brisbane Heat out for 164, handing them a 28-run win.
  • India captain Harmanpreet Kaur made her debut in the Sixers loss - a game in which she made 45 runs - and she kept her good form going against the Heat as she made 56 off just 26 balls, comprised of three sixes and six fours so she continues to be a key figure for the team.
  • West Indian spinner Stafanie Taylor is the WBBL’s joint leading wicket taker so far with five wickets from the Thunder’s opening three games, whilst 22-year-old Maisy Gibson has four wickets as well so they will look to continue their good form.

THE PREDICTION

Despite this looking like a high-class match-up on paper, it could be ruined by the Hobart weather. Both the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder need to keep picking up wins to remain in touching distance of back-to-back champions Sydney Sixers. India captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s hot start with the bat and Stafanie Taylor’s excellent start with the ball could be the difference as the Thunder could move above their city rivals - the Sydney Sixers - in the table with a win over the Strikers.

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