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Brisbane Heat will collide with Adelaide Strikers in the 46th match of the Big Bash League 2021. While Brisbane Heat are fighting for mid-table slots, Adelaide Strikers are rooted to the bottom of the BBL11 table and need a desperate change in fortunes.
Brisbane Heat have been on a horrific run of form in the last few matches. They’ve managed just a single victory in their last five games and that win arrived against Hobart Hurricanes. However, Heat failed to sustain the winning momentum and ended up losing their next couple of matches against Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes.
The defeat to Hurricanes in the reverse fixture will be especially painful as their batting order ended up being a no-show. They could only gather 144 runs inside 20 overs which Hurricanes chased down quite comfortably.
With three wins from 10 matches and 15 points to their name, Brisbane Heat are fifth in the table. They are six points behind Hobart Hurricanes in fourth and will need to mount a series of wins in order to close the gap.
Adelaide Strikers have had an extremely underwhelming campaign so far. They haven’t managed to click as a team and are languishing at the bottom of the table with just two wins from 10 games. Strikers registered their second victory recently against Hobart Hurricanes when they won by seven wickets but ended up losing the next match against Melbourne Stars by five wickets.
Strikers will be looking for an improved show in all three departments against Brisbane Heat. However, there’s no question that they are the underdogs going into this game.
The head-to-head record between the two teams is pretty close. Adelaide Strikers have the upper hand with eight wins while Brisbane Heat have won on seven occasions. Adelaide Strikers have also been more successful recently with three wins in the last five matches.
Wins: Brisbane Heat 7, Adelaide Strikers 8
Last 5 matches: Brisbane Heat 2, Adelaide Strikers 3
While it’s true that Brisbane Heat are not in the best of forms, they are expected to have the upper hand here against Adelaide Strikers. Strikers’ performances recently have been beyond dismal and they will need to push above their weight in order to get a result here. The last time these two sides took on each other, Brisbane Heat ended up winning by 39 runs.
Brisbane Heat will be welcoming as many as nine players back in the squad after they had spent the last seven days in isolation after testing COVID positive. Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Liam Guthrie, Matthew Kuhnemann, Chris Lynn, Nathan McSweeney, Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth have all been cleared for return. Five local replacement players have also been named for this match which includes Lachy Pfeffer, Paddy Dooley, Jack Wood, Jake Lehmann and David Grant.
Adelaide Strikers are yet to name their squad for the clash against Brisbane Heat at the time of writing. Ryan Gibson passed his fitness test and returned for selection in the previous game whereas Matt Renshaw is out after returning a positive COVID test.
The return of the senior players is likely to bolster the morale of Brisbane Heat. However, the players might look rusty after spending the last week in isolation. The
Sam Heazlett is the top run-scorer for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League so far this season. He has taken responsibility of the batting order in the absence of Chris Lynn who has also underperformed this season. Ben Duckett could also prove to be important for them.
Peter Siddle has tons of experience and he has been on top form in BBL11. He’s the leader of the Adelaide Strikers bowling unit along with Rashid Khan and is likely to have an important impact here.
Peter Siddle may have been on the expensive side but he has picked up wickets consistently. He has scalped 16 wickets at an average of 19.
Ben Duckett and Matt Short are expected to be the contenders for the Man of the Match award from their respective sides.
Ben Duckett was phenomenal in the previous match against Adelaide Strikers. He scored 78 runs off 47 deliveries and his knock included 10 fours and 2 sixes. Duckett will look to continue with the same momentum in this game.
Matthew Short is the top scorer for Adelaide Strikers in BBL11. He has accumulated 257 runs at a strike rate of 161. Short has smacked 16 fours and 16 sixes in the league and will be looking for a big knock here.
|Matt Short||c Lachlan Pfeffer b Will Prestwidge||27||19||3||0||142.11|
|Henry Hunt||b Matthew Kuhnemann||25||26||1||0||96.15|
|Jake Weatherald||c Jake Lehmann b Will Prestwidge||35||31||1||1||112.9|
|Jonathan Wells||not out||23||24||0||0||95.83|
|Rashid Khan||b Mujeeb Ur Rahman||13||4||0||2||325|
|Thomas Kelly||not out||24||16||1||1||150|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.05)||161/4|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||4||0||28||1||7||3||0|
|Nathan McSweeney||c Harry Conway b Matt Short||5||5||1||0||100|
|Chris Lynn||b Henry Thornton||7||7||0||1||100|
|Lachlan Pfeffer||run out (Peter Siddle)||23||24||2||0||95.83|
|Ben Duckett||b Matt Short||24||18||3||0||133.33|
|Sam Heazlett||c Harry Nielsen b Rashid Khan||0||1||0||0||0|
|Jake Lehmann||b Rashid Khan||0||1||0||0||0|
|Xavier Bartlett||not out||19||20||3||0||95|
|Will Prestwidge||c Jake Weatherald b Rashid Khan||0||6||0||0||0|
|Matthew Kuhnemann||b Rashid Khan||1||5||0||0||20|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||c Matt Short b Rashid Khan||0||1||0||0||0|
|Liam Guthrie||c Matt Short b Rashid Khan||0||2||0||0||0|
|Total||(15 Ov, RR: 6)||90/10|