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Adelaide vs. Sydney BBL semi final – Betting tips and odds

CanMr。

CricketdeliverinAdelaidevs。

SydneyBBLsemifinal?

January19,20165:07am。

byMichaelMaguire

FirstSemifinal7:10pmlocaltimeonThursday,January21,2016atAdelaideOval

AdelaideStrikers

$1。

72atCrownBet。

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Ladderposition:1st

Win-lossrecord:7-1

BBLform:WWWWW

SydneyThunder

$2。

15atWilliamHill

Ladderposition:4th

Win-lossrecord:4-4

BBLform:LLLLW

INtermsofrecentform,youcouldhardlyhavepickedamorelopsidedmatch-upforthefirstknockoutgameofthe2015-16BigBashLeaguefinals。

AdelaideStrikershavesetthepacefromgotowoe,droppingonlyonegameineightontheirwaytoafirst-placefinishandahomesemifinal。

ThatrecordappearedtobeinjeopardyonMondaynightwhenChrisGaylesmashedahalf-centuryoffonly12ballsasMelbourneRenegadeschasedalast-ditchfinalsberth。

ButtheStrikersmanagedtodefendtheirtotalof170withrelativecomfortintheend,withspinnersTravisHead(3/16)andJonHolland(2/24)doingthejobonaslowwicketattheDocklands。

JonoDean(48off35balls)wasAdelaidesstarmanwiththebat,buttheCanberra-basedsloggerisnocertaintytomakethefinal11forThursdaysblockbusteratAdelaideOval。

ThatsbecauseMahelaJayawardene,whomissedthelasttwomatchesofthequalifyingphasewithaquadstrain,isinlinetoreturnatthetopoftheorder。

SydneyThunderwillwelcomebackoneortwobignamesoftheirownastheypreparefortheirveryfirsttasteoftheBigBashfinals。

JacquesKallissatoutthecrucialderbyclashwithSydneySixersattheweekend,buttheSouthAfricanallrounderisexpectedtoreturnforthetriptoAdelaide。

Alsobackinthemixisthein-formUsmanKhawaja,whohasplayedonlytwiceinBBL05duetointernationalcommitmentswithAustraliasTestandODIsquads。

NeitherwererequiredasthegreenhalfofSydneysmashedaseason-record202infrontofmorethan38,000onlookersattheSCGonSaturday。

ShaneWatson(66off41balls),AndreRussell(46off20balls)andtheevergreenMikeHussey(41off29balls)allshowedfineformwiththebat,beforeClintMcKay(3/16)andthespinduoofChrisGreen(3/27)andFawadAhmed(3/39)skittledtheSixersforonly156toseala46-runvictory。

Thatresultsnappedafour-matchlosingstreakandassuredtheThundershighest-everfinishintheBigBashLeague,comfortablybeatinglastyearsseventh-placeresult。

Asifthatsnotenoughofamorale-boostonitsown,PaddyUptonsmenhaveoneothersignificantstatuptheirsleeves:theyaretheonlysidetohavebeatentheStrikersthisseason。

Matchpredictions

ResultAdelaideStrikerstowin($1。

72atCrownBet)

HighestopeningpartnershipAdelaideStrikers($1。

93atSportsbet)

MostmatchsixesSydneyThunder($2。

25atLuxbet)

AsgoodastheThunderwerelastweekend,andasimportantasthereturningKallisandKhawajacouldbe,itstheStrikerswholookmostlikelytomeeteitherMelbourneStarsorPerthScorchersinthefinal。

TheAdelaidetoporderhasonlyimprovedthroughouttheseason,especiallysinceJayawardenereplacedCraigSimmonsasTimLudemansopeningpartner。

Ifeitherofthoseguysfail,youvegotarguablythebesthitterinthecomp(Head)andthecoolestaccumulatorgoingaround(BradHodge)tosteadytheship。

ThelikesofDean,JakeLehmannandAlexRossprovideplentyofqualityhittingoptionsinthemiddleorder,too。

Thentheresthemulti-facetedbowlingattack,ledbyslower-ballspecialistBenLaughlinandthesigningoftheseason,Englishleg-spinnerAdilRashid。

TheThunderhaveplentyofexperienceandstrike-powerthemselves,aswasevidentduringtheirblisteringstarttoBigBashLeague2015-16。

McKayandRussellformarguablythebestnew-ballpairinthecompetition,whilethe40-year-oldHusseyheadsabattingunitrichwithbothtop-flightexperienceandexplosiveball-striking。

Itshouldbeacracker,butAdelaidewillbeveryhardtobeatinfrontoftheirunrivalledlocalsupport。

MikeHusseybettingmarkets

Evenasretirementlooms,Mr。

Cricketcontinuestoastound。

Inseveninningsthisseason,theThundercaptainhascompiled277runsat55。

40withastrikerateof135。

12atallybetteredonlybyBrisbaneHeatsChrisLynn(378runs)。

Fourscoresof40runsormorespeakofHusseysconsistency,focusandfightingspirit,allofwhichwereondisplayduringhistypicallycleversupportingknockintheSydneySmashlastSaturday。

ShouldtheThunderpulloffastunningwinawayfromhomeintheirfirstBBLsemifinalappearance,itwouldbenosurpriseatalliftheirveteranskipperwasrightattheheartofit。

TopSydneyThunderrunscorer$5

Topmatchbatsman$11

Manofthematch$9

OddsprovidedbySportsbet。

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