Venue Details & Pitch Report - Cricket Central, Sydney

Average First Innings Score at the venue in WT20s: 131

Batting First vs Batting Second at venue in WT20s: Win Bat 1st - 0%, Win Bat 2nd - 100%

ST-AS Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list at the venue in WT20s: Chamari Athapaththu(1), Heather Knight(3), Tahlia Wilson(6), Phoebe Litchfield(7), 

ST-AS Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list at the venue in WT20s: Chamari Athapaththu(1), Hannah Darlington(2), Lauren Smith(3), Samantha Bates(5), Ebony Hoskin(6), Sammy Jo-Johnson(7), Marizanne Kapp(8), Heather Knight(9)

Pitch Report: Only one WBBL match has been played at this ground so far. There has been some grass on the wicket and batting gets easier as the evening approaches - earlier in the day (3 PM starts), spinners tend to get some assistance while batters have to work hard in their way to post a good score.


Predicted Playing XI - Sydney Thunder Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women, Match 48, WBBL 2023

Sydney Thunder Women: Chamari Athapaththu, Phoebe Litchfield, Heather Knight (C), Marizanne Kapp, Tahlia Wilson (WK), Anika Learoyd, Sammy Jo-Johnson, Olivia Porter, Hannah Darlington, Lauren Smith, Samantha Bates

       Bench: Lauren Bell, Ebony Hoskin, Sasika Horley, Claire Moore, Paris Bowdler

Adelaide Strikers Women: Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Tahlia McGrath (C), Bridget Patterson (WK), Madeline Penna, Danielle Gibson, Georgia Adams, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Darcie Brown, Megan Schutt, Anesu Mushangwe

       Bench: Courtney Neale, Annie O'Neil, Ella Wilson, Jemma Barsby


Fantasy Notes (SYDNEY THUNDER) - Sydney Thunder Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women, Match 48, WBBL 2023 Prediction

STATS & NUMBERS

Relevant Numbers of Sydney Thunder players in this tournament so far:

PLAYERBAT INNSRUNSAVG/SR50s/100sBOWL INNSWICKETSBOWL AVG/ECO
Chamari Athapaththu1045150/1365/010822/6.5
Tahlia Wilson926037/1211/0N/AN/AN/A
Phoebe Litchfield1024835/1372/0N/AN/AN/A
Heather Knight820842/1281/07429/7.4
Anika Learoyd78918/1170/0   
Marizanne Kapp66210/980/09644/7.6
Sammy Jo-Johnson44615/900/07630/8.1
Paris Bowdler11     
Lauren Smith    477/4.5
Hannah Darlington    101716/7.7
Claire Moore       
Lauren Bell    21 
Samantha Bates    10381/6.8
Olivia Porter       
Ebony Hoskin    3226/8.7
Sasika Horley       

Relevant Numbers of Sydney Thunder players against Adelaide Strikers in WBBL:

PLAYERBAT INNSRUNSAVG/SR50s/100sBOWL INNSWICKETSBOWL AVG/ECO
Chamari Athapaththu33512/850/01344/7.3
Tahlia Wilson47236/890/0   
Phoebe Litchfield79519/1120/0   
Heather Knight934638/1244/09922/7.1
Anika Learoyd12323/740/0N/AN/AN/A
Marizanne Kapp1012015/950/0151322/5.4
Sammy Jo-Johnson99310/1430/0151522/7
Lauren Smith    141517/7.3
Hannah Darlington410.2/170/081019/7.2
Samantha Bates    6529/6.5

Relevant Numbers of Sydney Thunder players in WBBL since 2020:

PLAYERBAT INNSRUNSAVG/SR50s/100sBOWL INNSWICKETSBOWL AVG/ECO
Chamari Athapaththu2764629/1196/09529/6.9
Tahlia Wilson3358423/982/0N/AN/AN/A
Phoebe Litchfield4695627/1174/0N/AN/AN/A
Heather Knight2161141/1295/0191320/7
Anika Learoyd1619915/820/010 
Marizanne Kapp3356223/1163/0454323/6
Sammy Jo-Johnson3643213/1061/0424624/7.5
Paris Bowdler12     
Lauren Smith211059/1000/0382527/7.2
Hannah Darlington251247/1020/0405818/6.9
Samantha Bates    474424/6.1
Olivia Porter106914/1190/0   
Ebony Hoskin    3226/8.7

MATCHUPS

Phoebe Litchfield vs A Wellington: Outs - 2, Runs - 22, Balls - 20

Heather Knight vs T McGrath: Outs - 7, Runs - 122, Balls - 112; vs A Wellington: Outs - 5, Runs - 79, Balls - 81 

Points to Consider

  • Heather Knight vs Wrist Spin in T20s since 2022: Outs - 4, Avg/SR - 10/108; She will be facing two major threats from the opposition's leg spinners in this match which limits her fantasy value. However, it might be safe to keep her in your SL team while rotating her in your grand league combinations.
  • Chamari Athapaththu is a deafult C/VC pick. She will once again be key for the Thunder's success, particularly in countering the double leg spin threat in the middle overs as a left-handed batter. Additionally, she has a good record against Megan Schutt in limited overs (1 Out, 134 Runs in 127 balls), which gives her a good chance of surviving the primary new ball threat. 
  • Tahlia Wilson or Bridget Patterson as the wicketkeeper? Both batters face matchup issues but the threat of leg spin in the middle overs for Tahlia makes her a risky pick and if she opens the batting, she will have to deal with the best new ball bowling attack. On the other hand, Bridget Patterson has been producing consistent fantasy points, and her high selection of 92%, provides us with a safety net to hang on to.

Fantasy Notes (ADELAIDE STRIKERS) - Sydney Thunder Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women, Match 48, WBBL 2023 Prediction

STATS & NUMBERS

Relevant Numbers of Adelaide Strikers players in this tournament so far:

PLAYERBAT INNSRUNSAVG/SR50s/100sBOWL INNSWICKETSBOWL AVG/ECO
Tahlia McGrath1122628/1200/010820/6.4
Katie Mack1140136/1243/0N/AN/AN/A
Bridget Patterson1025632/1141/0NAN/AN/A
Laura Wolvaardt1121121/1040/0N/AN/AN/A
Madeline Penna714472/1111/0N/AN/AN/A
Darcie Brown       
Ella Wilson       
Annie O'Neil       
Courtney Neale       
Georgia Adams5207/770/06417/6.9
Danielle Gibson79145/1560/09730/7.9
Amanda Wellington    111612.6/5.8
Megan Schutt    111616/6.4
Anesu Mushangwe    111219/6.4
Jemma Barsby    9346/6.9

Relevant Numbers of Adelaide Strikers players vs Sydney Thunder in WBBL:

PLAYERBAT INNSRUNSAVG/SR50s/100sBOWL INNSWICKETSBOWL AVG/ECO
Tahlia McGrath1421318/1050/0131421/6.7
Katie Mack1525219/971/0N/AN/AN/A
Bridget Patterson1317818/910/0N/AN/AN/A
Laura Wolvaardt917822/1232/0N/AN/AN/A
Madeline Penna68829/1000/014 
Darcie Brown    4254/7.3
Amanda Wellington    141719/6.7
Megan Schutt    131127/6.3
Jemma Barsby96511/1000/0121515/7.1

Relevant Numbers of Adelaide Strikers players in WBBL since 2020:

PLAYERBAT INNSRUNSAVG/SR50s/100sBOWL INNSWICKETSBOWL AVG/ECO
Tahlia McGrath52103526/1073/0473229/7.2
Katie Mack53148933/11510/0N/AN/AN/A
Bridget Patterson4461117/1081/0N/AN/AN/A
Laura Wolvaardt56129526/1105/0N/AN/AN/A
Madeline Penna3873237/1134/03726/8.2
Darcie Brown    424620/6.1
Georgia Adams4207/770/0   
Danielle Gibson68341/1540/08729/7.9
Amanda Wellington2926011/1230/0557915/6.8
Megan Schutt    516418/6
Anesu Mushangwe    111120/6.2
Jemma Barsby    372425/6.4

MATCHUPS

Katie Mack vs M Kapp: Outs - 4, Runs - 62, Balls - 77; vs Lauren Smith: Outs - 3, Balls - 38, Runs - 44

Laura Wolvaardt vs M Kapp: Outs - 2, Runs - 52, Balls - 54

Tahlia McGrath vs M Kapp: Outs - 3, Runs - 36, Balls - 44

Bridget Patterson vs H Darlington: Outs - 3, Runs - 14, Balls - 30

Points to Consider

  • According to the Adelaide Strikers social media, Darcie Brown is expected to return to the squad for this match, and is likely to be included in the starting XI right away.
  • Adelaide Strikers have been the best bowling team in the powerplay in WBBL 2023 (23w at 16.7 runs per wicket) while the Sydney Thunder have been the worst-performing team in the powerplay (10w at 33 runs per wicket).
  • Anesu Mushangwe and Amanda Wellington are consistent wrist spin bowlers and they have favourable matchups against the Thunder middle order, especially if the Strikers manage to remove the opposition's top order early. Back them as differential bowlers and differential C/VC picks in this match.
  • We might see some disruption in Danielle Gibson's fantasy potential with the return of Darcie Brown, who is likely to take the new ball and possibly the death over duties as well. Regardless, Gibson is a default pick due to her all-round value as a good hitter in the lower middle order. Additionally, she has picked most of her wickets in the middle overs compared to the powerplay.

Fantasy XI - Sydney Thunder Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women, Match 48, WBBL 2023 Prediction

WK: Bridget Patterson

BAT: Heather Knight, Laura Wolvaardt

AR: Chamari Athapaththu, Tahlia McGrath, Marizanne Kapp, Danielle Gibson

BOWL: Amanda Wellington, Megan Schutt, Anesu Mushangwe, Hannah Darlington

C/VC: Tahlia McGrath, Chamari Athapaththu

Differentials: Sammy Jo Johnson (23%), Anesu Mushangwe (34%), Laura Wolvaardt (36%)

C/VC Alternatives: Amanda Wellington, Heather Knight, Marizanne Kapp

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Stats Credit: Cricinfo, Cricmetric

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