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PREVIEW: Thunder v Strikers

17 January 2017

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The Thunder' will be looking to book a spot in a second consecutive BBL Finals when they face the Strikers at Spotless Stadium tomorrow night.

A win for the Thunder will put them into fourth place on the ladder tomorrow evening, with the results of Thursday and Friday nights matches to decide their fate.

Head-to-head

Played: 6

Thunder: 3 

Strikers: 2

No result: 1

Last time they met - Thunder won by eight wickets

The Thunder booked a spot in their first BBL Final with a dominant performance against the Strikers in Adelaide.

It was all about the quicks early on with Shane Watson (2-28), Clint McKay (3-44) and Andre Russell (1-31) causing havoc as the Strikers were restricted to 7-159.

Usman Khawaja returned to the Thunder in stunning fashion, hitting an unbeaten 104 from just 59 balls as the team chased the total in just 17.4 overs.

Players to watch

Carlos Brathwaite (Thunder) – Andre Russells replacement has breathed new life into the Thunders BBL06.

The towering West Indian has been impressive with the ball, but barely required with the bat.

Should he get a chance to use his bright green HULKSMASH bat, the Kookaburra could be sent into the Spotless Stadium stands.

Ben Dunk (Strikers) – A batsman from the Thunder Alumni, Dunk is having his best year since being named the best player of BBL03.

Dunk has hit 299 runs (second only to Brisbanes Chris Lynn) and has scored them with a strike rate of 164.28.

If Dunk fires, the Strikers can be hard to stop.

Shane Watson (Thunder)

Its no surprise that the Thunders winning streak started the same game the Thunder skipper returned to bowling.

Not only has Watson restricted the scoring of every opponent hes bowled to, he has also chipped in with key wickets.

The Strikers will be wary of the Thunder captain, as he can take a game away from a team with both bat and ball.

Where to watch

The match will be broadcast LIVE on Network Ten with the first ball at 7:40pm

 

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