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In match 53 of the Australian T20 League 2020/21, Adelaide S take on Sydney T at the Adelaide Oval on Monday evening. This is the last group stage match for both the teams.

Adelaide S have put themselves into a brilliant position to qualify for the finals after a close win over Sydney T in the last game. This victory saw the Strikers jump to the third place in the points table. 

While no one in particular played a standout innings, J Weatherald, P Salt, and T Head all made 31 runs each, which helped the Strikers reach a total of 159. Although the score did not look competitive enough, the bowling unit put up a fabulous display as they took 5 wickets for just 27 runs to restrict the Thunder to 153 runs.

Sydney T lost the chance to cement their spot in the finals as they were defeated by the Strikers in the last game. They will now need to win their final match or rely on other results to go their way. 

Chasing 160 to win, the Thunder batting unit unexpectedly collapsed in the middle phase of the innings. U Khawaja top scored with 36 runs, and received little help from the other batsmen. They end up losing by 6 runs despite a late partnership between B Cutting and N McAndrew. A Milne and B Doggett were superb with the ball for the Thunder.

As the qualification for the finals for both the teams depend on the results of this game, it will be an exciting match at the Adelaide Oval. 

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Match Details

  • Match: Adelaide S vs. Sydney T, Match 53
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
  • Date & Time: Jan. 25, 2021, at 1:45 PM IST

Probable Playing XI

Adelaide S

  • J Weatherald, A Carey (C & WK), P Salt, T Head (C), M Renshaw, R Gibson, M Neser, D Briggs, P Siddle, W Agar, L O’Conner 
  • X-factor substitutes: J Wells, D Worrall

Sydney T

  • A Hales, U Khawaja, C Ferguson (C), S Billings (WK), O Davies, B Cutting, C Green, N McAndrew, T Sangha, A Milne, B Doggett
  • X-factor substitutes: A Ross, C Tremain 

Weather and Pitch Report

The weather in Adelaide is expected to be cloudy with showers during the match. The temperature will be around 18 degrees during the game.

The pitch at the Adelaide Oval has proved to be quite good for batting. Batsmen have been able to play their strokes well as the ball comes on nicely to the bat. Spinners can expect some help from the pitch as the match progresses. The average first innings score in the games played here this season has been 173 runs.

With rain expected to play a part and given the record this season, the toss decision can be tricky. Expect the captain winning the toss to opt to bat first. A total of around 180 runs should be a competitive one. 

Key Players

  • A Carey is the third highest run scorer in the tournament, with 410 runs in 11 matches at an average of 37.27. He has scored the most runs against the Thunder and is yet to be dismissed for single-figures at the Adelaide Oval.
  • P Salt has looked threatening in the previous two games, scoring 31 and 29 runs. He has already scored two half centuries at this venue and will look to score big against the Thunder here.
  • P Siddle has been brilliant in the last two games, with figures of 3 for 13 and 2 for 22. He has taken 18 wickets in the tournament at an average of 15.88. He will look to give a match-winning performance here for the Strikers.
  • A Hales is the highest run scorer of this season, with 472 runs in 13 matches at an average of 36.3 and a strike rate of 163.8. He missed out in the last game and will be looking to guide his team to the finals with a big innings here.
  • S Billings has been excellent in the middle overs for the Thunder, scoring 226 runs at a strike rate of 143. He is in good form, with two half centuries in his last five games. He will look to add to that tally in this game.
  • B Doggett has been impressive for the Thunder in his three games. He has picked up 7 wickets at an outstanding average of 9.57 and an economy rate of 5.58. He took 2 wickets for 21 runs in the last game against the Strikers. 

Howzat Dream Team

  • Wicketkeepers: A Carey, S Billings
  • Batsmen: J Weatherald, P Salt, A Hales, C Ferguson
  • All-rounder: T Head
  • Bowlers: W Agar, P Siddle, A Milne, B Doggett
  • Captain: A Carey/W Agar
  • Vice Captain: A Hales/S Billings
Howzat Dream Team Adelaide S vs Sydney T

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