Live Cricket BBL: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Live – Live Cricket Streaming : Big Bash Live Today Match
The Gabba becomes the just the fourth venue to host a BBL10 match as the Brisbane Heat take on the Adelaide Strikers in match #13 on Wednesday.
Having appeared in the finals just once since their maiden title in BBL02, the Heat are currently shoring up the table, having suffered two defeats from their first two matches. After the Melbourne Stars’ Nathan Coulter-Nile’s spell of 4/10 decimated the Heat’s batting in their first match, it would be another superb individual performance that was to be their undoing in their second against the Sydney Thunder.
Having posted a creditable 178/6 – with big hitting Chris Lynn top scoring with 69 (3×4 5×6) – the men in teal then had the Thunder on the rack at 80/5 when they had defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by Daniel Sams, whose heroic batting effort (65 off 25 balls) stole the points with seven balls to spare.
Although the overall H2H record stands at 5-6, the home side lament a 1-4 home deficit, and having lost the previous encounter by an embarrassing ten wickets back in January 2020, that should be all the encouragement they require to get back to winning ways.
The Strikers have gleaned five points from their first three matches (W1, L2 – BBx2). Having averaged a healthy 6.66 wickets per match with the ball, it is evident that their early problems lie in the batting discipline. Their hard-hitting opener Phil Salt (42 runs at avg. 14) and Aussie international Matt Renshaw (avg. 13.66) have failed to launch, with only Jake Weatherald (96 runs at avg. 48) putting in consistent performances.
Alex Carey’s team come into this match having taken a 38-run bruising from the in-form Sixers on Sunday. Having had the men in magenta toiling at 58/3 after 11.1 overs, due mainly to a fantastic opening spell of 2/12 from Dan Worrall, the Sixers’ Dan Christian then poured water on their fireworks by scoring the second fastest BBL fifty (15 balls) to take the them to 177/5 at the close. The Strikers struggled in their reply, with Jono Wells top scoring with 36 off 38 balls.
Players to watch:
Rashid Khan (STR) has been slow out of the traps this season. He has taken just three wickets so far this edition costing 33 apiece and is going at 8.25rpo, but can be inspired by the eight wickets he has taken in five H2H matches.
In contrast, Jack Wildermuth (HEA) has hit the ground running. In his first outing against the Thunder he clubbed four huge sixes in his 31 off 11 balls and followed that up with 3/23 in his four-over spell. However, he has taken just three wickets from 18 career overs against Adelaide (avg. 60.33).
Stat attack: The average first innings score at the Gabba is 167. The last eight first innings scores above 160 have resulted in a victory or Super Over.
The Strikers have recorded the highest opening partnership in six of the last seven H2Hs.
The six count has been tied in four of the last five H2Hs.
The Heat are averaging seven sixes per match – the most in the first 11 matches of BBL10, whilst the Strikers are conceding a league-high eight per game.
The Strikers have lost their last five matches as a favourite.
Chris Lynn averages just 17.36 from 11 innings against the Strikers, including three ducks.
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Referee: Wessels K. (Aus),
Venue: The Gabba (Brisbane)
So Peter Siddle has picked up the reins for the Strikers with Harry Nielsen donning the gloves in Carey’s absence. The Strikers look a stronger side on paper than the Heat but this is T20 cricket and anything can happen and anything does happen.
The Heat have won 11 of their 19 home matches (64.71%) when winning the bat flip and batting second.
Adelaide Strikers: Phil Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matthew Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Matt Short, Harry