Big Bash League Predictions: Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat

Big Bash League Predictions: Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat

January 17, 2020, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers will face each other for the second time inside a week in the Big Bash 2019-20 after Brisbane Heat got the better off Adelaide Strikers in their home ground by 7 wickets. Adelaide Strikers will look to avenge their defeat in their backyard this time around.

Both teams are placed next to each other in the points table with equal numbers of wins. Brisbane Heat leapfrogged Adelaide Strikers after winning their previous encounter. And Strikers have a chance to do the same with a win in this match.

Adelaide Strikers performance in Big Bash League:

Adelaide Strikers’ batting unit is fragile and has been bowled out for less than 140 runs twice in last three matches. Jonathan Wells (306 runs) is the top run-scorer for Strikers this season. 

Jake Weatherland has scored 299 runs at an impressive strike rate of 152 this season. He will look to continue his good form with the bat and help his team post a good score in the powerplay.

Travis Head takes over the captaincy in the absence of Alex Carey. Philip Salt and Mathew Short are struggling big time this season and have very little time to make an impact. 

Rashid Khan (15 wickets) and Peter Siddle are the main wicket-taking bowlers for the team. Michael Neser and Harry Conway are up to the mark with their performances so far.

Rashid Khan has 10 wickets in 4 matches at Adelaide this season. ABD won the duel with him last time and it will be another mouth-watering contest between these two in this match also.

Brisbane Heat performance in Big Bash League:

Brisbane Heat have received a massive boost with AB de Villiers joining the team for the first time in BBL.

AB De Villiers’ debut in BBL is the biggest talk of the week and he enraged with a duel with Rashid in the last match. ABD will look to continue his good form with a potential international comeback on hindsight.

He scored 40 in the last game against the Strikers as they chased down the target in 15.2 overs. 

Max Bryant and Chris Lynn are in good form and are expected to continue piling runs at the top. James Pattinson’s lucky day with 5 wickets ensured Strikers were bowled out for just 110 runs on board. 

Ben Cutting and Josh Lalor chipped with 2 wickets each to torment the opposition. Spinners Mitchell Swepson and Mujeeb did not give any easy runs and continued the pressure build on the opposition.

Mujeeb ur Rahman made an impact straight away with a brilliant spell of 4-0-14-0. Mujeeb will look to make a big impact in the BBL this season.

Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat predicted XI:

Adelaide Strikers: Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Travis Head, Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Harry Nielsen (wk), Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Liam O Connor, Harry Conway

Brisbane Heat: Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, AB de Villiers, Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (wk), James Pattinson, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Pitch Report:

It will be the fifth of the 7 games to be played at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide in the Big Bash League 2019-20 season. It is considered as 1 of the best pitch for batsmen. 

In the first game at the venue, Adelaide Strikers defended 198 in a rain affected 18-over per side game.

Sydney Thunder secured a marginal 3-run win in the second game, defending 168, while Sydney Sixers won the third game by 2-wicket, chasing a mere target of 136. Adelaide Strikers registered a thumping 63 runs win over Melbourne Renegades in the 5th game after putting 173 on board.

Of the 7 games played at the venue, 5 were won by the team chasing the total.

169 was the average score of 1st inning during the Big Bash 2018-19 and all the teams scored 150 plus runs on the scoreboard.

BBL Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat

  1. Rashid Khan has picked 10 wickets in 4 matches at Adelaide Oval this season.
  2. Jake Weatherland has scored 299 runs – just 7 runs behind Adelaide Strikers’ top run scorer -at an impressive strike rate of 152 this season.
  3. Just 224 runs were scored when these two sides faced each other earlier this season and 25 boundaries were scored in that game.
  4. Matt Renshaw scored 52* against Adelaide Strikers earlier this season.
  5. James Pattinson picked 5 wickets against Adelaide Strikers earlier this season.
  6. Both sides have won 5 games each in their 10 head to head clashes so far.

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