Strikers v Heat: Sunday 7:10pm AEDT at Adelaide Oval
The Adelaide Strikers host the Brisbane Heat at the Adelaide Oval in an encounter between two teams currently in the top half of the league standings. The Strikers are, in fact, unbeaten after two matches while the Heat has two wins from three matches. With both sides expected to be at full strength for this encounter, fans can expect an excellent contest.
|Strikers v Heat||Recommended Bets|
|Winner||Brisbane Heat WIN ($1.80)|
|Top Strikers Batsman||Travis Head ($3.70)|
|Top Heat Batsman||Chris Lynn ($3.50)|
|Top Strikers Bowler||Ben Laughlin ($4.40)|
|Top Heat Bowler||Mitchell Swepson ($5.00)|
The Adelaide Strikers came into this tournament with a lot of questions about their team balance and the effect that losing some of their best players will have. As it turns out, the team is coping pretty well and is currently on second place in the league standings.
A huge part of their success has been down the form showed by Alex Carey who has 127 runs from just two innings. He has effectively replaced Ben Dunk and seems to be having a breakthrough year in the BBL. Carey is currently third on the run-scorers list across all teams.
The Strikers have also been able to depend on cameos from Travis Head, Jake Lehmann, Colin Ingram, and Jonathan Wells. The team’s real strength though has come from their bowling. Following in the footsteps of the Perth Scorchers, the Adelaide Strikers have built their new team around a gun bowling attack and it’s working.
Peter Siddle is the most economical bowler in the league giving away runs at a phenomenally low 3.83 runs per over. Ben Laughlin, the all-time highest wicket-taker in the BBL has 6 wickets already and Rashid Khan has been the X-factor that opposition teams have trouble deciphering. He has 4 wickets to his name at an economy rate of just 5.50.
Rounding off the attack are big Billy Stanlake and Michael Neser who came good in the crunch against the Sixers.
Brisbane Heat finally played with their first choice eleven in the last match and just managed to scrape through against the Sydney Sixers. There were a lot of positive for the Heat to take from that match. The Wolf loved the form that Chris Lynn displayed and is excited to see him on the park again.
Joe Burns picked off from where he had left off after his first match and Alex Ross continues to be brilliant in all situations. Ross now has 124 runs to his name from three innings and has shown the ability to clear the boundaries, play the waiting game, and shepherd the team at the death if needed.
Brendon McCullum has been quiet in the last two matches but counting him out is just foolishness.
The Heat has a much stronger batting lineup than the Strikers but they will have their task cut out against a quality bowling lineup.
The bowling attack of the Brisbane Heat should be concerning to their fans. Swepson is wicketless after three matches, Cutting has bowled only two overs in total, Doggett is giving away runs at nearly 10 an over, and Steketee has been very disappointing as well.
Only Shadab Khan and Josh Lalor have bowled well for the Heat so far. Crucially, though, Shadab Khan will be substituted out for Yasir Shah for the remainder of the tournament. The Strikers will definitely sense an opportunity to put the bowling attack of the Heat under pressure in this match.
Head to Head
The head to head between the two teams stands at 3-3 at the moment, although interestingly, all of the Heat’s three victories have come at the Adelaide Oval which is the venue for this match. Two out of the last three matches have been won by the Adelaide Strikers.
With such a change in the lineup of the Strikers, it is important not to get too carried away by historical statistics. The Wolf, though, loves the look of this Heat team and with their batting firing, is backing them to hand the Strikers their first defeat.
Top Adelaide Strikers Batsman
Travis Head has got starts in both of his innings but failed to go on. He could find the somewhat loose bowling of the Heat to his liking. The real challenge for Head will come against the spinners but with no one to turn the ball away from him, he could have an easier time than usual. The Wolf can feel a big inning around the corner from him.
Top Brisbane Heat Batsman
Any doubts that the Wolf had about Chris Lynn needing some time to get back into the groove of things were thrown out of the window in the last match. He just needs to be a little patient against Rashid Khan and he can absolutely massacre the rest of the Strikers bowling. 25 runs from 9 balls at a strike rate of 277.77 is just the beginning.
Top Adelaide Strikers Bowler
Ben Laughlin has proven over the years that he has the invaluable ability to take wickets in most matches. He has 6 from the first two already and has all the tools need to fox the opposition batsmen. Laughlin is most successful when batsmen try to take him on and the presence of Rashid Khan in the team has guaranteed that teams will have no option but to come hard at him.
Top Brisbane Heat Bowler
Yasir Shah may be one of the best bowlers in the world but his record in the shorter formats of the game is not as good. Mitchell Swepson will have to step up and take responsibility for the Heat in the upcoming matches. The Wolf thinks he will be used in a more attacking manner by Brendon McCullum and that could result in some wicket taking opportunities.