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The big fight for a place in the final between Strikers and Heat
Adelaide Strikers Women to win
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the Challenger game in Women's Big Bash League 2022, and Adelaide Strikers shall fight it out against Brisbane Heat Women for a spot in the final. Strikers had a good season and finished second on the points table, while the Heat Women defeated Hobart Hurricanes Women in the Eliminator. The winner of this game would take on the table toppers Sydney Sixers Women in the title clash.
Adelaide Strikers Women play in their home ground, and the players know these conditions well, having played four games here in the season. Their bowling attack has done well this season and will be an advantage for the team. Brisbane Heat Women have players for the big occasion, and this game will surely go down the wire.
Tahlia McGrath's side has done well in the season after a slow start that saw them lose the first two games. They defeated Brisbane Heat Women by 26 runs in the last game to finish second on the points table. Their bowlers have troubled the opponents, and McGrath shall expect her batters to play a complementary role.
Laura Wolvaardt has been consistent with the bat and must do well opening the batting with Katie Mack. McGrath needs to score runs in the middle order, as most of their players have been inconsistent. She must build partnerships with Deandra Dottin and Bridget Patterson. Tegan McPharlin, Madeline Penna, and Amanda Wellington need to play good roles down the order, as we expect a high-scoring game.
Megan Schutt is among the leading wicket-taker this season, and she will need to strike early in this game alongside Jemma Barsby. Schutt picked 6 wickets in the last game, and the side would like her to carry this form. Darcie Brown leaked runs in the last game and needs to bowl better lines. Wellington has had a good season, and she, along with Deandra Dottin and McGrath, add to the side's bowling depth.
Tahlia McGrath (c), Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Deandra Dottin, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Amanda Wellington, Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Jess Jonassen's side produced an excellent performance when they needed it the most. The side defeated Hobart Hurricanes Women in the crucial Eliminator game by 44 runs. This win would make them confident. They play in the opposition's den, and Jonassen would expect key players in the side to deliver the goods in this game.
Danielle Wyatt played well in the last game, and the side would be happy to have Georgia Redmayne back in the side. They would need good performances in the middle order from Georgia Voll, Grace Harris, and Amelia Kerr. Laura Harris and Jess Jonassen must do well in the role of the finisher.
Jess Kerr and Georgia Voll didn't get their lines right in the last game, and they need to bowl tight spells with the new ball. Jonassen led from the front with the ball, and she will have to come up with a similar performance in this game. The side would also need good performances from Nicola Hancock, Courtney Sippel, Charli Knott, and Amelia Kerr.
Jess Jonassen (c), Danielle Wyatt, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Georgia Voll, Grace Harris, Amelia Kerr, Laura Harris, Charli Knott, Nicola Hancock, Jess Kerr, Courtney Sippel
Adelaide shall have clear skies on November 24. The conditions would be the best we have seen for batting this season at this venue. The side batting first shall need 170 runs on the board to feel confident in this game. Batters can play their strokes easily as bowlers shall have little margin for error.
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide, is a small ground with a fast outfield. The wicket is flat, allowing batters to play their strokes easily. The ball moves early in the game when fast bowlers are most threatening. Spinners have struggled at this venue as the ball doesn't grip the surface.
Bowling first seems to have been a treat in the tournament. At this stage, none of the sides would risk altering this approach. There would be pressure on both teams going into the game. The side winning the toss shall like to apply pressure on the opposition by bowling first in this game.
We expect to see a cracker of a contest as both teams come here with their confidence high. Brisbane Heat Women delivered a good show in the Eliminator, but the side would need consistency from its middle order to win this game. Adelaide Strikers Women bowlers have had a good season, and they play in familiar conditions. It will be a close contest, but the Strikers shall start slightly ahead playing at home.
Adelaide Strikers Women to win
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