The 40th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
The match starts at 03:10 PM local time (04:40 AM GMT) (10:10 AM IST). This match will be live on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:
The Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat will be at it again- this time at the latter’s home ground- the picturesque Adelaide Oval. The Strikers will be looking to stage redemption on their home turf after they fell to a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of the Heat during their trip to the Gabba this past Tuesday.
Batting first, the Strikers- for the second time in a row- could not rack up a formidable total as four of their top-5 batsmen registered single-digit scores with James Pattinson’s five-wicket-haul wrecking havoc at their top-order. That they even managed to get to 110 was largely due to Rashid Khan’s 27-ball 28 at the backend.
Brisbane Heat was only chasing 111 but the prospect of watching AB de Villiers bat for the first time in a Big Bash encounter had kept the fans on the edge of their seats. And, AB delivered! The South African legend was particularly severe on Rashid Khan during his 32-ball 40, as he nailed scorching cover-drives against the Afghan spinner. Will it be an encore at the Adelaide Oval?
It is expected to be a bright and sunny day in Adelaide on Thursday. According to the weather report, the Adelaide Oval is set to be bathed in sunshine throughout the day. While the temperature is set to be between 12-23 degrees Celsius, the humidity is set to hover around 37%. More importantly, there is no chance of rain.
The Adelaide Oval has always been one of the best batting tracks in Australia. And, this season hasn’t been different. That said, the track, as does the pitch in Sydney tends to get slow in the second half, and both sides will look to win the toss and put runs on the board, to give themselves the best possible chance of winning.
Average first innings score:– 159 [In the 3 completed games at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability:
The Strikers, as well as Brisbane Heat, have named the same squad that locked horns against each other on Tuesday.
Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head (C), Jonathan Wells, Harry Nielsen (WK), Matthew Short, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Liam O’Connor, Harry Conway
Bench – Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake
Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant, Joe Burns, AB de Villiers, Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, James Pattinson
Bench – Jack Prestwidge, Ben Laughlin
Adelaide Strikers– Jonathan Wells [306 runs at 61.20] and Jake Weatherald [299 runs at 33.2] has been the leading run-scorers for the Strikers thus far and the onus will be on them to spearhead the batting unit against the likes of James Pattinson and co. As far as bowling is concerned, Rashid Khan will be the spearhead and his battle with the likes of AB de Villiers and Chris Lynn could well decide the outcome of the fixture.
Brisbane Heat- Chris Lynn may not have fired in the last game but he too good a player to miss out twice against the same opposition. He, along with Matt Renshaw [52*] and AB de Villiers  will be the ones to watch out for. James Pattinson will look to emulate his exploits at the Gabba this past Tuesday. He will be the spearhead of the bowling unit alongside Mujeeb Ur Rahman. These players can be picked in Dream11 Fantasy team.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Chris Lynn, AB de Villiers, Rashid Khan
Vice-Captain – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, James Pattinson, Jonathan Wells
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jimmy Peirson
Batters – Jonathan Wells, Philip Salt, AB de Villiers (C), Chris Lynn
All-Rounders- Travis Head, Ben Cutting, Matt Renshaw
Bowlers – Rashid Khan (VC), James Pattinson, Josh Lalor
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jimmy Peirson
Batters – Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Max Byrant, AB de Villiers (C)
All-Rounders- Travis Head, Michael Nesser, Ben Cutting
Bowlers – Peter Siddle, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur-Rahman (VC)
The pitch at the Adelaide Oval tends to get slower in the second half and hence picking the likes of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman in your Dream11 Fantasy team could come in handy.
Brisbane Heat is expected to come out as the winners.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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