The 56th match of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 08 will be played between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers at North Sydney Oval in Sydney on November 20. The game will begin at 11.45 AM IST (5.15 PM LOCAL).
It will be the last league fixture for both teams. While Sydney Thunder have been eliminated from the race to qualify for the finals as they have just one win in 13 encounters, Adelaide Strikers, on the other hand, are in contention for the finals with seven wins in 13 games. In this edition, the two teams have played against each other already. However, the match was abandoned due to rain after it saw 14.3 overs being bowled.
Sydney Thunder: Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Jess Davidson, Rachael Haynes (captain), Phoebe Litchfield, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson, Tammy Beaumont, Anika Learoyd, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Chloe Tryon, Amy Jones, Corinne Hall, Belinda Vakarewa, Lea Tahuhu
Adelaide Strikers: Jemma Barsby, Darcie Brown, Deandra Dottin, Tahlia McGrath (captain), Tegan McPharlin, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Maddie Penna, Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Laura Wolvaardt, Ella Wilson, Anesu Mushangwe, Meagan Dixon, Katie Mack
Players to watch
The right-handed opening batter of Sydney Thunder scored a delectable half-century in her last outing against Sydney Sixers. The English player smashed 51 off 32, including 10 boundaries. In the process, she shared an 81-run stand with her opening partner Phoebe Litchfield.
The wily left-arm spinner of Sydney Thunder was the most successful bowler for her side in the last fixture against Sydney Sixers. She accounted for 21/3 in four overs, including two wickets in the 19th over. She opened the bowling with Sammy-Jo Johnson and bowled 11 dot balls. She was also the most economical bowler for her side.
The captain of Adelaide Strikers won the player of the match award in her last game against Hobart Hurricanes. The right-handed top-order batter led the run chase from the front as she muscled an unbeaten 93 off 51, including 12 boundaries and four sixes. She guided her team to a comfortable eight-wicket win chasing 155. She also accounted for two catches.
This ambidextrous bowler was the pick of the bowlers for Adelaide Strikers in her last appearance against Hobart Hurricanes. She can bowl right-arm off-spin and left-arm slow spin. She scalped 27/3 in four overs and bowled well in the middle and death overs.
It will be the tournament’s seventh match at the venue, with the sixth game being played early in the day. Out of the five games played here until November 19, the teams batting first have won three, and the teams batting second have won two. The average first innings score is 169, and the average second innings score is 158. A high-scoring contest could be on the cards.
The weather is expected to be sunny, windy, and warm. The highest temperature attained during the day will be 29 degrees Celsius. There will be a four percent cloud cover and no chance of rain. The wind will blow from the west.
Fantasy Playing XI
Amy Jones, Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Rachael Haynes, Tammy Beaumont, Deandra Dottin, Sammy Jo-Johnson, Tahlia McGrath, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Jemma Barsby, Samantha Bates
Date: November 20, 2022
Time: 11.45 AM IST (5.15 PM LOCAL)
Venue: North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Live streaming: Sony Sports Network (India), Foxtel (Australia), BT Sports (England)
I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.