Shane Watson’s Sydney Thunder won the bat flip by correctly calling it “roofs” and chose to bat first.
Travis Head and his Adelaide Strikers troops will have to field and bowl after losing the immunity.
Thunder will look to end their back to back losses have not won since January 2 v Perth Scorchers (Away at Perth Stadium).
So winning only one over the last five games needs a sign of improvement if they want to make it to the semi-finals.
The Thunder sits sixth with six points as they’re two points behind the Playoff bubble.
Strikers currently sit second behind Hobart Hurricanes by two points as they seek their 5th & 2nd back to back win.
Plus the Strikers won the last four matches v the Thunder so defending Big Bash Champions will look to make five straight today.
We’re all set for Match 28 of the 2018-19 Big Bash League from Spotless Stadium in Homebush.
1st Innings, Part 1
Shane Watson fired off as the aggressor while debutant Anton Devcich backed him up & remained gentle for the Thunder.
On the other hand, the Strikers earlier on pitched up too full and straight balls.
But the attention towards Rashid Khan in spin helped the Strikers captured Devcich on 21.
It’s a full and straight ball with not much turn to put the revs on before Devcich lunged early for the sweep.
It proved costly when he took the eyes off the ball and later tagged a part of his leg pad of glove without Devecich moving.
Not long later, Khan struck Callum Ferguson’s 2nd golden duck with another same length ball going straight.
Ferguson flicked it straight to Liam O’Connor at mid-wicket which proved hard for him to execute from the stumps.
His loss of head balance position signaled his ill-fated spell in the middle having whacked with no full presentation of the bat.
Shane Watson continued to bat and backed up his half-ton for the sixth time out of 35 Big Bash matches.
Watson knows how to read the bowler using his remained head position to dance around the crease.
These two factors allowed him to free his arms & whack fast anywhere with an open bat face downtown which does mean perfect placement.
At the same time, Thunder reached the 100 run mark as Jason Sangha also fired off with backing Watson up & scoring runs.
1st Innings, Part 2
It took a while for the Strikers to split the Sangha-Watson stand as Billy Stanlake ended Sangha’s time in the middle on 30.
This time, Stanlake had added pace pitching straight through a good length targeting the off stump.
Sangha couldn’t find the rope when he whacked early on the head down low towards Jono Wells’s hands at deep square leg.
Stanlake didn’t waste any time picking up his 2nd scalp on Daniel Sams thanks to the catch from Ben Laughlin.
It’s the same decent length going straight towards Harry Nielsen’s gloves where Sams made a mistake whacking it early.
Sams didn’t provide the crease with the footwork as he didn’t follow through with the head going sideways.
Neser ended Shane Watson’s impressive innings of 68 with five overs left in the 1st Innings.
Watson whacked it early from the full straight ball stumps towards Jono Wells at deep mid-wicket.
Arjun Nair soon followed Watson back upstairs when Ben Laughlin dismissed him on eight.
Laughlin gone with the full ball going straight before Nair whacked it with the head down low to Michael Neser at mid-off.
Jay Lenton & Chris Green held on and steered Thunder closer to the 170 run mark on the run home.
Final 1st Innings Score: Sydney Thunder 6-168
The Strikers didn’t attack too much with plenty of short ball stuff coming from catches.
Plus the fielding needs some improvement through dropped catches combined with the loose balls from the seamers.
Only Rashid Khan attacked the ball nicely on his first wicket in spin when he targeted the stumps to make Anton Devcich that sweep too early.
And that’s from an LBW.
So next time, change some pace such as some yorkers a bit more towards the stumps so the wickets can come from this area.
For now, they will bat in the 2nd Innings as they need 169 runs to win.
On the other hand, The Strikers have batted well.
Credit to Captain Shane Watson who performed well on 68 having not whacked too hard as long as he doesn’t lose his shape.
So will the talented Jason Sangha who learned a lot from Watson to remain calm from the essential singles to a couple of boundaries which saw him a quickfire score of 30.
And at last the lower-order pair of Sangha & Lenton who stuck in and kept the technique simple towards the end of the 1st Innings.