Sydney Thunder currently have five points to their name and have won and lost a game each. They started their campaign with a comfortable win over Brisbane Heat before losing to none other than Melbourne Stars in the second game.
They should have actually won that second game as well because they needed 11 runs off the final over in a run chase of 166 but the pairing of Ben Cutting and Alex Ross just couldn’t get it done. Good thing is that they get a chance to avenge that loss instantly.
The Thunder do have a concern. Their opening pairing of Alex Hales and Sam Whiteman have both failed in each of their first two games. Hales’ form is surprising considering he was the Thunder’s best batsman last year.
At the same time, they’ve been boosted by Sam Billings’ contributions. The English keeper has made 44 and 43 in his two outings and has certainly hit the ground running.
Melbourne Stars opened the tournament with an extremely heavy defeat that can potentially demoralize teams and derail an entire campaign. The 152-run loss to Sydney Sixers saw them completely flattened in every aspect of the game.
From such a horror start, for them to bounce back in the very next game and win it, was commendable, even if it was a slim win. The four-run win over the other Sydney side must have done their confidence a world of good.
They’ve made two new additions to their squad which would significantly bolster their numbers as well as quality. Andre Russell is signed up and played in the win over Sydney Thunder, although he wasn’t impressive with the ball. But more importantly, Big Bash League favourite Haris Rauf is back. He, however, is not expected to be available to play until late in December.