Brisbane Heat’s quest to end poor record against Strikers at home
Adelaide Strikers to win
Brisbane Heat would take on the Adelaide Strikers at their home ground The Gabba in the 13th game of the Big Bash League 2020-21. The home side has lost both its games so far and would be looking to earn their first points of the season in conditions they are familiar with. The Strikers also lost their last game against the Sydney Sixers and they would like to get over that loss.
Brisbane Heat has very poor record against the Strikers at this venue and have been able to defeat them only once in five games. Their bowling attack is looking rusty at the moment and they need to stick to their bowling plan to win here. The Strikers also haven’t looked their best and on most counts the two teams match one another closely and this will make this contest all the more interesting.
Chris Lynn’s side is yet to taste victory in the tournament and they have lost both their games so far. Lynn would be displeased with the efforts of his bowlers during the last game against the Sydney Thunder where they lost out from a position of strength. The side now has its backs to the wall and needs to win this game to earn its first points of the season. A loss here would make life difficult for them for the rest of the season.
Max Bryant and Sam Heazlett look in good form with the bat and the side would be expecting yet another good start from them. Lynn is in sublime for at the moment and make the middle order strong in company of Daniel Lawrence and Tom Cooper. With Jack Wildermuth and Jimmy Peirson down the order, the line-up has good firepower to start the game.
Bowling wise the side has looked short on confidence so far and apart from Jack Wildermuth and Mujeeb Ur Rahman none of the other bowlers have troubled so far. The duo would have big challenge on their shoulders going into this game. They would also expect tighter lines from the likes of Ben Laughlin, Matthew Kuhnemann and Mark Steketee in this game as all of them leaked easy runs in the last one.
Chris Lynn (c), Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Daniel Lawrence, Tom Cooper, Jack Wildermuth, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben Laughlin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
TLW Cooper, Daniel Lawrence, Sam Heazlett, Simon Milenko, Jimmy Peirson, Xavier Bartlett, Ben Laughlin, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Max Bryant, Jack Wildermuth
Alex Carey would have been upset with his middle order as they wasted a good start in the last game against the Sydney Sixers to lose by 38 runs. At the start of the game the side seemed to have the game under its control but lost from there. They now have one win in three games and would be eager for a win here. Carey would look to exploit the lack of confidence in the Brisbane Heat camp in this game.
Philip Salt and Jake Weatherald have done well at the top and the side would need a good start from them in this game. In the middle order the side has good experience with Alex Carey, Matt Renshaw and Jonathan Wells and all of them have got runs in previous games. They would be looking for good hitting down the order from Matthew Short, Ryan Gibson and Rashid Khan against Heat whose bowlers would be under pressure.
Daniel Worrall and Peter Siddle have done well and the side would be expecting early wickets with the new ball from them. Rashid Khan hasn’t looked at his best so far in three games and the team would have bi expectations from him. Danny Briggs, Wes Agar and Liam Scott would be expected to bowl tighter lines and not leak away runs.
Alex Carey (c & wk), Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Liam Scott
Philip Salt, Matt Short, Matt Renshaw, Wes Agar, Harry Nielsen, Jake Weatherald, Danny Briggs, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, JW Wells
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||30||0 mm.||2.43 k/h||From: SSW||56%|
|03h||32||0 mm.||3.63 k/h||From: ESE||56%|
|06h||28||0 mm.||6.35 k/h||From: ESE||67%|
|09h||24||0 mm.||5.81 k/h||From: ESE||82%|
|12h||23||0 mm.||5.26 k/h||From: SE||91%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||4.13 k/h||From: SSE||72%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||3.63 k/h||From: SSE||46%|
|21h||23||0 mm.||4.06 k/h||From: SSE||66%|
It will be clear skies with odd clouds over Brisbane on December 23 and the conditions are likely to be good for the bowlers at the start of the game. Batsmen have to be watchful on this surface and the side that bats first would be happy to put more than 160 runs on the board in this game.
The Gabba, Brisbane is a T20 venue and the smaller boundaries around the square allow the batsmen to score runs quickly on this surface. Fast bowlers enjoy bowling on this surface as the new ball offers good bounce and carry to them. There isn’t much in this surface for the spinners and the small size of the ground makes it tough for them to bowl here.
Most teams in the past have opted to bowl on this surface winning the toss and sides chasing the score have won more number of times. This would be the first game of the season at this venue and there would be some assistance for the bowlers. Hence the side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first here.
Brisbane Heat’s poor form from the last few seasons seem to have caught up with them in the first two games and they would want to shed it sooner than later. The side would have to improve its show with the ball to make the opportunity count here. Adelaide Strikers on the other hand have done well and the side has several match winners in its ranks and this puts them ahead of the Heat in this game.
Adelaide Strikers to win