Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat are fighting to stay alive in the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League. Both teams have won five out of 11 matches. But it’s the Heat, who are ahead due to an extra Bash Boost point. The two teams are now scheduled to lock horns on Thursday, January 21 at the Adelaide Oval.
It’s a must-win affair for both teams, who are placed in the bottom half of the table. The Strikers’ confidence would have hit rock-bottom after they were bowled out for 68 while chasing 179 runs. The Heat also didn’t have a great time against the Perth Scorchers, getting bowled out for 174.
For the next game, Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Swepson have joined them. As far as the Strikers are concerned, left-hander Travis Head and all-rounder Michael Neser have joined them, strengthening their squad.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Adelaide has been a sporting one thus far in the tournament. Both the teams, batting first and batting second, have tasted success. The track will have something for both the batters and batsmen.
Another exciting game seems to be in the offing. The sun will be out and there are no chances of rain whatsoever. The temperature will be around 25 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the 40s.
Average first-innings score
161 (5 completed T20 match in BBL 2020-21)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 3; Lost – 2
Playing Combinations for STR vs HEA
Alex Carey (C and WK), Phillip Salt, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head, Michael Neser, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Liam O’Connor
Bench– Harry Conway, Harry Nielsen, Peter Siddle, Spencer Johnson, Liam Scott, Matthew Short, Cameron Valente, Ryan Gibson
Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (C), Joe Denly, Joe Burns/Marnus Labuschagne, Lewis Gregory, Jack Wildermuth, Jimmy Pierson (WK), James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Morne Morkel
Bench– Ben Laughlin, Tom Cooper, Simon Milenko, Sam Haezlett, Lachlan Pfeffer, Matthew Willans, Connor Sully, Jack Wood, Jack Sinfield, Xavier Bartlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Joe Burns/Marnus Labuschagne
Probable Top Performers for STR vs HEA
Alex Carey– Adelaide Strikers
Alex Carey has been a fulcrum of the Strikers’ batting unit in the tournament. In nine matches, the left-handed batsman has 280 runs at an average and strike-rate of 31.11 and 119.65 respectively.
Despite not playing all the matches, the southpaw is still their leading run-scorer in the 2020-21 BBL. It goes without saying the Heat will be looking to dismiss him at the earliest when he comes to bat.
Chris Lynn– Brisbane Heat
Chris Lynn hasn’t played all the matches for the Heat in the tournament. In fact, he was ruled out for four games due to an injury. However, despite that, he is the leading run-scorer for the Heat.
In seven matches, the veteran has 300 runs at an average and strike-rate of 42.85 and 147.78 respectively. If he gets going then the Strikers would be in for a lot of trouble. Lynn has three fifties from seven games.
Match timings – 07:15 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Adelaide Strikers to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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