Sunday’s Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips for a do-or-die showdown between the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat.
History: Played 8: Strikers 5 V Heat 3
Last meeting: December 19, 2018: Strikers d Heat by 5 wickets at The Gabba
Final Thoughts: They will need other results to fall their way, but the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat are still mathematically in the BBL08 semi-finals race.
The 5-7 Strikers sit sixth – two points adrift of the fourth-placed Stars (who have a game in hand). The 4-7 (plus one no result) Heat are one point further back in seventh.
Both sides have turned around a lean run of form with impressive victories in recent days.
The defending champion Strikers lost four straight before upsetting the on-fire Hurricanes in Hobart on Thursday. Alex Carey (54 off 35) and Jake Weatherald’s (82 off 42) 116-run opening stand helped Adelaide reach the target of 170 with seven wickets and 13 balls to spare.
The Heat were on a three-game losing streak until beating the Scorchers by six wickets on Friday night. Man-of-the-match Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/16) was integral to the visiting Scorchers being restricted to 9/128, while Josh Lalor claimed a rare hat-trick. Chris Lynn (56* off 39) ensured the Heat mowed down the target with 15 balls left.
The Heat moved Brendon McCullum to four, but the out-of-sorts Kiwi great could only manage three runs.
The Strikers have won four of their last five against the Heat, including their season-opening clash in December.
The Heat scrambled their way to 146 at The Gabba, Chris Lynn top-scoring with a modest 33. Rashid Khan (3/19) was superb with the ball for the Strikers. Alex Carey (70) guided the Strikers to a five-wicket victory with five balls to spare.
The Strikers are $1.68 favourites at home and it’s hard to argue. We also like their value as outsiders to hit the most sixes. Consider Ben Cutting and Jake Lehmann as value options in the Top Batsman markets.