The Adelaide Strikers will host the Sydney Thunder in an epic 1st Semi Final of the Big Bash League at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, Jan. 21, starting 7:10 PM local time.

There is a reason why the Strikers finished at number one in the Big Bash League table. They helped the Sydney Thunder qualify in the BBL final four after thrashing the Melbourne Renegades in their own backyard.

Captain Brad Hodge was exceptional in the death overs  while Travis Head exerted his brilliance when he picked up quick wickets to deny the Renegades’ side the much needed win.

Chasing a total of 171 in 16 overs, Chris Gayle joined the fasted fifty club in just 12-balls with seven sixes. But Renegades kept loosing wickets as they the bowlers did a terrific job to stop the run chase.

As per the ESPN Cric Info reports, Usman Khawaja is expected to comeback for the first semi final. He was called up for national duty in the series against India to replace David Warner. Mike Hussey will be happy to rope in the frontline batsman.

Both teams have a terrific bowling line up. Everything looks set for an epic clash at the Adelaide Oval. Stay tuned for all the live updates.

Teams

Adelaide Strikers: Brad Hodge (c), Jono Dean, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Mahela Jayawardene, Alex Keath, Hamish Kingston, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Tim Ludeman, Michael Neser, Gary Putland, Adil Rashid, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake

Sydney Thunder: Michael Hussey (c), Ahillen Beadle, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Green, Chris Hartley (wk), Jacques Kallis, Usman Khawaja, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson

Match Schedule

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League 1st Semi Final

Date: Thursday. 21 January 2016

Time: 7:10 PM Local Time, 8:40 AM GMT

Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Live Stream: Star Sports