Sydney Thunder (THU) will lock horns with Adelaide Strikers (STR) in the Knockout clash of Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, January 23. The match will start at 1:45 PM IST.

The Usman Khawaja-led THU have been one of the standout teams in the ongoing BBL, registering nine wins and five losses. With 35 points from 14 matches, Sydney Thunder finished third in the BBL standings to seal their place in the playoffs.

On the other hand, Adelaide Strikers defeated Hobart Hurricanes by 22 runs in the BBL 2021-22 Eliminator to set up a clash against Sydney Thunder. Led by Peter Siddle, STR had earlier finished fourth in the BBL standings with 28 points from 14 matches. 

THU vs STR Dream11 prediction

Sydney Thunder have a slight advantage over Adelaide Strikers in their head-to-head record in BBL, winning nine of their 16 matches so far. The Strikers, on the flip side, have claimed seven victories. Furthermore, THU defeated STR in their earlier meetings this season and will start as favourites in BBL 2021-22 knockout clash on Sunday.

THU vs STR Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Jason Sangha has been the standout batter for Sydney Thunder in the ongoing Big Bash League. The 22-year-old batter has amassed 384 runs in 11 matches at an impressive average of 48 and a strike rate of 130.61. Having already accrued 691 fantasy points, Jason Sangha will be a worthy fantasy pick for this clash at 9.5 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler 

Adelaide Strikers captain Peter Siddle has been impressive in BBL 2021-22 so far, as he leads the wickets chart with 27 wickets in 15 matches at an economy of 8.29 and an average of 17.14. Siddle has accumulated 916 fantasy points this season and will look to add more points to his tally on Sunday.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Adelaide Strikers’ Matthew Short is a no-brainer. The Australian all-rounder has scored 448 runs and bagged seven wickets in 14 matches this season. He will look to contribute with both bat and ball against Sydney Thunder in the high-profile encounter at MCG.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Matthew Gilkes of Sydney Thunder will be the overwhelming choice over Adelaide Strikers’ Alex Carey. Apart from his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Gilkes has played some important cameos with the bat and has accumulated 481 fantasy points this season. He will be a great fantasy pick at just 8.5 credits.

THU vs STR probable playing XI

THU playing XI (probable):  Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja (captain), Jason Sangha, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Matthew Gilkes (wicket-keeper), Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha

STR playing XI (probable): Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Matthew Short, Travis Head, Ian Cockbain, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle (captain), Harry Conway, Fawad Ahmed 

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