Cricket Prediction Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Big Bash League 31.12

Cricket Match Information:

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder cricket game will be the fifth game for both sides in the current season of Big Bash League. Adelaide Strikers have been the only unbeaten side in the tournament so far and are justifiably at the top of the points table. Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, are currently placed at the third spot. Our prediction is of a tough challenge for Strikers from Thunder in this game of cricket. 

  • Tournament: Big Bash League
  • Cricket Match format: T20
  • Cricket match time: 01:40 pm IST
  • Cricket match date: 31.12.2019
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval
  • Weather: Temperature: 25 degrees, Thunderstorms: 0% 
  • Team A: Adelaide Strikers 
  • Team B: Sydney Thunder
  • Team A Captain: Alex Carrey
  • Team B Captain: CJ Ferguson

Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Strikers are being led by Alex Carrey in this season. He will be able to lead only for the initial part of the tournament as Australia are supposed to tour India next month and he is expected to be part of it. 

Strikers have so far played four games of cricket, three of which were complete, and one was abandoned due to the bush fire. They remain the only unbeaten side of the tournament and would like to consolidate further at the top of the points table. 

In their last game of cricket against Melbourne Renegades, they were once again professional with the bat and outstanding with the ball. Rashid Khan once again emerged as the star in their last cricket game. 

Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game. 

Here is our prediction of Adelaide Strikers’ playing XI:

  • Alex Carey
  • Rashid Khan
  • Wes Agar
  • Phil Salt
  • Cameron White
  • Billy Stanlake 
  • Jake Weatherald
  • JW Wells
  • MW Short
  • Peter Siddle
  • C Valente

Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder are being led by Callum Ferguson in this season. They are currently placed at the third spot with two wins out of four cricket games and one loss. Their one cricket game against Adelaide Strikers was abandoned due to the bush fire. 

Their last game against Sydney Sixers ended in a tie and was won eventually by Sixers in the super over. They set 149 runs for Sixers to chase and managed to just about defend it. Then in the super over, Thunder fell short by one run and were left with zero points for all their effort. 

Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game. 

Here is our prediction of Sydney Thunder’s playing XI:

  • Callum Ferguson
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Alex Hales
  • M Gikes
  • AI Ross
  • CH Morris
  • DR Sams
  • CJ Green
  • AJ Nair
  • CP Tremain
  • JD Cook

Expert Prediction: AS vs ST

The ninth season of Big Bash League is underway. The table toppers, Adelaide Strikers, will be taking on Sydney Thunder in their next game. Their last game was abandoned under quite remarkable circumstances of bush fire. Apart from that, in the other four games played between the two sides, Strikers have emerged victorious on three occasions.

There have been some changes made to the tournament this year. The tournament will be played over a period of 42 days and a total number of five teams will have the chance to qualify for the finals, instead of the usual four teams. 

As per the new format, the teams finishing in the top two will be rewarded for their consistency, unlike in previous seasons. While the winner of the ‘qualifier’ played between the top two teams will reach the final straightaway, the loser will play the ‘challenger’ against the winner of the ‘knockout’ which is going to be played between the side that finished third and winner of the ‘eliminator’.

The Eliminator is a newly introduced knockout feature, which will be played between the teams finishing at number fourth and fifth on the points table. Hence, out of the eight teams, five teams will have a chance to play the final and win the tournament. 

Our prediction is of a win for Adelaide Strikers yet again. Their bowling has given them added advantage over the other teams and it will be interesting to see how Thunder’s batting copes with it. 


Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will look to bowl first as the T20 game is hugely a chase-friendly format. Hence, irrespective of the conditions, our prediction is that the team winning the toss would like to bowl first. 

Who will win? – Adelaide Strikers

Top Batsman – PD Salt (AS), Usman Khawaja (ST)

Top Bowler – Rashid Khan (AS), Chris Morris (ST)

Most Sixes – PD Salt (AS), Usman Khawaja (ST)

Man of the Match – PD Salt (AS)

Team Scores Batting first – Adelaide Strikers (160+), Sydney Thunder (150+)


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Adelaide Strikers – 1.62

Sydney Thunder – 2.05

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