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Big Bash preview: Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Strikers face a must-win clash against Sydney Thunder on Sunday as they look to cement their place in the Big Bash League top four.

The race to make finals is tighter than ever and it seems to be a two-horse race between the Strikers and Melbourne Stars for who takes fourth spot.

The Strikers occupy it for now, but they have played a game more than the Stars.

The Stars are priced at 1.75 to make the top four, while the Strikers are available at 1.90.

It means the Strikers have to beat the Thunder and hope that the Stars slip up and lose one of their remaining two games.

As for the Thunder, they are battling to avoid finishing bottom of the ladder and will not be ready to roll over against the Strikers.

WhatSydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers
WhereManuka Oval, Canberra
When19:15 (AEDT), Sunday 14thJanuary 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo

Thunder battling to avoid wooden spoon

Sydney Thunder are priced at 3.50 to finish bottom of the BBL 13 ladder and will be desperate to ensure that does not happen.

They are in action against Sydney Sixers in the derby on Friday night and then move on quickly to the clash with the Strikers on Sunday.

The Thunder also face the Renegades, who currently sit bottom, in the final match of the season, so their destiny is in their own hands.

They will once again look to the likes of opening batter Alex Hales to get the runs.

The Englishman showed his class when smashing 72 off 55 deliveries in the recent defeats against Perth Scorchers.

Nathan McAndrew was the pick of the bowlers in that loss, taking 2/27, while Chris Green picked up the only other wicket as Perth got home with five deliveries to spare.

Strikers hit form at the right time

Adelaide Strikers kept their season alive with a big win over the Hobart Hurricanes on Thursday night, and now need to carry that form into the Thunder showdown.

The Strikers have come with a good run at just the right time, winning three games on the bounce, and a fourth is now needed.

Confidence should be sky-high after a victory over Perth Scorchers, followed by back-to-back wins over the Hurricanes.

After winning the toss and deciding to bowl, the Strikers restricted the Canes to 167/6 off their 20 overs.

They shared the wickets around, with Cameron Boyce, Jamie Overton and Henry Thornton all taking two each.

Boyce was the pick though as he conceded just 17 runs off his four overs and he will be keen to impress against the Thunder as well.

The Strikers made light work of the run chase and got there with 25 deliveries to spare.

Matt Short continued his fine form in BBL 13 with 39 off 25 deliveries, however it was Jake Weatherald that stole the show on this occasion.

Weatherald made 80 not out off just 32 deliveries, with his super impressive knock included nine fours and five sixes.

Adam Hose was also there at the end after making 25 runs off 21, as the Strikers finished on 169-2.

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