Adelaide Strikers have now lost four straight matches and five of their six matches for the entire season. Only a few bonus points are keeping them above Melbourne Renegades, who also have a sole win in as many games.
In their latest defeat, which was against Hobart Hurricanes, they posted a more than decent 175, thanks to Jake Weatherald (51) and Matt Renshaw’s (63) half-centuries but their bowlers let them down during the run chase.
Almost everyone had a bad game but Wes Agar (0-44) was the biggest culprit as the Hurricanes romped to the target, thanks to Ben McDermott’s incredible and unbeaten 110 off 60.
Adelaide are in what you would call is a state of free-fall. Their batting has limited talent but has still done well of late. Their bowlers, on the other hand, despite boasting big names, have been off-colour. Rashid Khan and Co will have to do better if Adelaide are to arrest their slide.
Sydney Thunder have won two of their last three matches and are a part of the bunch sitting in the middle of the points table.
Their batting has done well of late, amassing 200 in the last game and 196 in a game before that. One reason for their improved batting form has been their 22-year-old gem Jason Sangha, who has scored 56*, 47, and 39 in the last three matches.
In the last game, Sam Billings, too, kept alive his new tradition of alternating between performing well and flopping as he contributed 67, which followed his paltry nine of the previous game.