The Thunder will be looking to put the most embarrassing performance in Big Bash history behind them in Sunday night’s meeting with the Renegades.
Was being bowled out for 15 just a horrible night at the office or a sign of deeper issues at the Sydney Thunder?
Happy to say it’s the former, for now.
There’s simply too much quality and experience in this Thunder batting line-up for it to be anything else. Alex Hales and Rilee Rossouw were both in the top 21 top scorers at the recent T20 World Cup, Daniel Sams and Alex Ross are both proven BBL commodities and Jason Sangha is one of the country’s best up and coming batters. This line-up cannot be that bad twice in a row.
The Renegades defeated the Heat in their opening clash off the back of Nic Maddinson’s brilliant 87, but him aside, the batting struggled against one of the BBL’s thinnest bowling attacks. They’ve also lost six straight at home.
Back the Thunder to bounce back.
Hales has failed to pass 20 in each of his two innings this BBL season but he’s too good a player to make it a third.
As mentioned, Hales was one of the T20 World Cup’s best batters, top scoring for the tournament champions with 212 runs from six innings. He’s also scored 20+ runs in each of his last six games against the Renegades.
Back the Englishman to lead the Thunder fightback from the top of the order.
Having Sandhu on the fourth line of betting in this market is just wrong.
He’s taken two wickets in each of his first two games at an economy rate of just over six. Last season he took 18 wickets at 16.55. He’s been the top or equal top wicket taker in three of the Thunder’s last four games.
Good value for most wickets and worth a dabble for Player of the Match in a game where ball should dominate.
Same Game Multi
Thunder H2H / A.Hales 20+ runs / G.Sandhu 2+ wickets