Man of the Match: Matt Renshaw
Battle between the bottom dwellers
Our prediction is Adelaide Strikers will win the Match!
Welcome to the match preview of Brisbane Heat Vs Adelaide Strikers. Both teams are technically still in contention for qualifiers but they need other results to go in their favor. It would take a miracle for these teams to get a place in last four but is still possible.
Brisbane Heat ended their losing streak after their win against Perth Scorchers in last match. Skipper Chris Lynn played an attacking knock of 56 runs. But the match was very well set up the three wicket hauls of Josh Lalor and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Their middle order batting is their main concern for their losses this season. They will look to end the season on a high without thinking about qualification scenarios.
Adelaide Strikers will be high on confidence after their win against top placed Hobart Hurricanes last match. Openers Jake Weatherland and Alex Carey set the tone of chase with scores of 82 and 54 respectively. Skipper Colin Ingram has a silent string of matches after impressive showing in the earlier stages.
Rashid Khan and Ben Laughlin were the tormentors in chief with the ball. Michael Neser provided support to them with wickets but was bit expensive. They will look to win and push their case for qualification further.
Alex Carry – He has been providing some good starts with the bat but he would be looking to make a substantial score to power his team`s total.
Rashid Khan – World no.1 T20 bowler Rashid returned to the form with a good spell of 2/28 last match after average showing in couple of matches before that.
Stats from the league:
Jake Weatherland – 381 runs at strike rate 131 (HS – 82, 50s-3)
Rashid Khan - 16 wickets at an economy of 6.1 RPO (BB- 3/19)
Ben Laughlin, Colin Ingram (c), Michael Neser, Jonathan Wells, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Valente, Jake Lehmann, Harry Nielsen, Rashid Khan, Jake Weatherald , Billy Stanlake Billy Stanlake may replace Wes Agar in the playing XI.
Michael Neser, Cameron Valente, Jake Lehmann, Ben Laughlin, Colin Ingram, Alex Carey, Harry Nielsen, Jake Weatherald, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, JW Wells
Ben Cutting – He cutting is not having a impressive season and as a senior he will look to end the season with some good performances which may help his team`s morale.
Matthew Kuhnemann– Kuhnemann impressed with his 2/22 last match and will press his case in playing XI with his good show with the ball.
Stats from the league:
Chris Lynn – 385 runs at strike rate 127 (HS -84, 50s-4)
Josh Lalor – 14 wickets at an economy of 7.4 RPO (BB – 5/26)
Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn (c), Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman After their win they are expected to go in with the same playing XI. No changes are expected.
Josh Lalor, Ben Cutting, Matthew Kuhnemann, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Prestwidge, Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson, Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Alex Ross
Adelaide pitch has been known to have a balance between the bat and ball. And batting seems to become easier as the match progresses. Average score is around 150-170 runs.
Teams batting second have won two out of the three matches played here and the targets have been around the 150-160 mark. Any score above 180 runs will be hard to chase. Both teams will look to chase the opposition's score.
Both teams have put an end to their losing streak last match and are high on confidence. But the home conditions and all-round strength Adelaide Strikers give them the edge over the Brisbane Heats. So we expect Adelaide Strikers to win.
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