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Match Preview: Strikers v Thunder

17 January 2017

The Strikers were again on the wrong end of another nail-biting finish on Monday night against the Melbourne Renegades, in front of more than 42,000 Strike force faithful at the Adelaide Oval.

The six-run loss means the Strikers are no longer a mathematical possibility of playing finals in BBL|06, which is disappointing considering the last two seasons have seen the Strikers on top of the table after the minor rounds.

The Strikers will attempt to seek some revenge when they meet the Sydney Thunder on Wednesday night at Spotless Stadium.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has also been added to the Strikers 13-man squad for the first time this season, replacing young gun Kelvin Smith. 

 

LAST TIME 

Strikers v Thunder Match Highlights
 

Usman Khawaja was at his scintillating best against the Strikers in last year’s devastating semi-final defeat.

After finishing the minor rounds with a 7-1 record, the Strikers had no answer for Khawaja’s class as he made an irresistible century, which saw the Thunder home with 14-balls to spare.

Alex Ross (47) led the Strikers to a respectable 7-159 from their 20 overs, but the 49,000 Strikers fans were left shell-shocked by Khawaja’s 59-ball century, which included 13 boundaries and three maximums.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

 

Ben Laughlin

This bloke can do it all. Not only did he take arguably the best catch in BBL history against the Renegades on Monday night, but his figures of 2-15 (4) were the fourth time in five games he has taken multiple wickets and conceded less than five runs per over.

Laughlin has now taken nine wickets at an average of 9.5 since returning to the side in round three of BBL|06. Oh and did we mention he can field?

 

DANGER MAN

 

Fawad Ahmed 

The talented leg-spinner was exceptional in the Thunder’s demolition of the Sydney Sixers in Match 25 of BBL|06.

His figures of 4-14 from four overs were crucial in dismissing the Sixers for just 99, as the Thunder won by eight-wickets in just 10 overs.

Ahmed’s ability to spin the ball both ways will mean the Strikers’ middle-order will need to be on their game to combat the Thunder danger man.

 

STRIKERS 13-MAN SQUAD

1. Brad Hodge (c)

2. Wes Agar

3. Alex Carey

4. Jono Dean

5. Ben Dunk

6. Ben Laughlin

7. Jake Lehmann

8. Tim Ludeman

9. Michael Neser 

10. Liam O'Connor

11. Kieron Pollard

12. Ish Sodhi

13. Jake Weatherald

 

THUNDER 13-MAN SQUAD

1. Shane Watson (c)

2. Fawad Ahmed

3. Aiden Blizzard

4. Carlos Brathwaite

5. Ryan Gibson

6. Chris Green

7. Liam Hatcher

8. Jay Lenton

9. Clint McKay

10. Arjun Nair

11. Kurtis Patterson

12. Ben Rohrer

13. James Vince

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