Heat and Strikers face off in first of the two games
Brisbane Heat will win this match!
BBL19-20 is very closely contested and the table is very crowded in the middle with four teams separated by just a point. Both Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers are amongst the mid-table muddle. Brisbane Heat run of three consecutive wins came to an end after they lost their previous match against Perth Scorchers.
Heat will look to win this match and garner momentum as they proceed in the league phase. Adelaide Strikers ended their hat-trick of losses with a clinical win over Melbourne Renegades by 63 runs. They will look to win this match and surge ahead of the peck in the middle.
Brisbane Heat batting has been top-heavy and depends heavily on their top three. Tom Banton (223 runs) and Chris Lynn (265 runs) have been their prolific run scorers this season and they are scoring at a strike rate of over 160.
Matt Renshaw, Ben cutting, max Bryant has come up with crucial contributions with the bat. James Pattinson`s return will strengthen their bowling attack. Pacers Josh Lalor and Ben Laughlin are the chief wicket-takers this season for their team. Zakir Khan will be their frontline spinner with Mitchell Swepson finding a place in playing XI depending on the conditions.
Tom Banton – Banton has been the find of the season for the Heat and he has scored 223 runs at a strike rate of 177. He has two half-centuries in the last three matches and is looking in the excellent form of late.
Zakir Khan – Zakir Khan has been their best bowler this season with 8 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.5 RPO. Zakir Khan has picked up at least a wicket in the last 7 consecutive matches.
Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Chris Lynn (c), Ben Cutting, Joe Burns, Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Matt Renshaw, Zahir Khan, Tom Banton, Max Bryant
Ben Cutting, AB de Villiers, James Pattinson, Matt Renshaw, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns , Josh Lalor, Max Bryant, Jimmy Peirson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mitchell Swepson
Adelaide Strikers arrested their slide in the form with a crucial win in the last match. Jack Weatherland, Philip Salt, and Travis Head played some good cameos to set a platform for their team. Mathew Short (41 runs) and Jonathan Wells (58 runs) put together an 80-run partnership to take their team to a good total of 173 runs.
Travis Head and Peter Siddle combined together to pick five wickets to strangle the opposition. Rashid Khan came good with a magical spell of 4-0-19-2 to maintain the pressure created in the powerplay. Their bowling unit bowled out the opposition for just 110 runs.
Jake Weatherland – Jake Weatherland is having an excellent season with 293 runs at a strike rate of 156. His 12-ball 27 took their team to 50 inside the powerplay the last match.
Rashid Khan – Rashid Khan has taken 14 wickets at an economy of just 7.2 RPO this season. He is a star T20 player who can contribute with the bat, ball and field. He is an all-round package for the team.
Peter Siddle, Michael Neser, Jonathan Wells, Harry Conway, Travis Head (c), Matthew Short, Harry Nielsen (wk), Philip Salt, Rashid Khan, Jake Weatherald , Wes Agar
Michael Neser, Harry Conway, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, Harry Nielsen, Jake Weatherald, Liam O'Connor, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, TM Head, JW Wells
The weather looks dark and cloudy with 80% chances of rain and we can expect rain to intervene at some point of the match.
Gabba is one of the spiciest pitches in the Australia and pacers will enjoy bowling here with the new ball in hand. The average score here will be around 160-170 runs.
Both teams have good success rate with batting first this season and will look to continue the trend in this match too.
Brisbane Heat has a better line-up with the likes of Banton, Lynn and Bryant in their team. Adelaide Strikers lack a power hitter in their line-up but they have a quality bowling line-up with lots of T20 experience in form of Siddle and Rashid especially.
Brisbane Heat is expected to win this match owing to their home advantage.
Brisbane Heat will win this match!