The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips for a crunch daytime clash between the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers.
History: Played 9: Strikers 5 V Heat 4
Last meeting: February 3, 2019: Heat d Strikers by 6 wickets at Adelaide Oval
Final Thoughts: The Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers square off in two BBL clashes this week. The first leg at The Gabba on Tuesday afternoon could create a significant midtable swing.
With four wins and a no result from eight matches, the fourth-placed Strikers sit one point and two ladder positions above the 4-4 Heat.
Brisbane’s three-game winning streak came to an end in Perth on Saturday. It was a torrid evening for the Heat’s bowlers as the Scorchers piled on 3/213. The Heat fell 34 runs short after Tom Banton (55 off 32) played a lone hand in the top order.
Conversely, Adelaide snapped a three-game losing run with a 63-run home victory over the Thunder on Sunday. Jonathan Wells (58 off 38) and Matthew Short (41 off 28) powered the Strikers to 6/173. Peter Siddle (3/14), Rashid Khan (2/19) and returning Test star Travis Head (2/26) made short work of the Thunder batting line-up.
Honours shared in BBL08
The rivals’ two clashes last season were split, with both sides picking up an away upset.
The Heat scrambled their way to 146 in The Gabba season opener, Chris Lynn top-scoring with a modest 33. Alex Carey (70) guided the Strikers to a five-wicket victory with five balls to spare. Matt Renshaw’s blistering 90* off 50 steered the Heat to a six-wicket win in Adelaide with eight balls left after the Strikers set a target of 177.
The Strikers had keeper-batsman Carey absent on ODI duty in India. The Heat’s only unavailable player is Test sensation Marnus Labuschagne, who is yet to don the teal this season.
Brisbane start as warm $1.68 favourites at home. The Strikers are an enticing underdog option. Meanwhile, expect Chris Lynn – who has scores of 94 and 88* in the past three weeks – to bounce back after missing out in his past two innings.