Big Bash League 2020-21 Match 46
Adelaide Strikers vs. Brisbane Heat Match Prediction – Thu, 21st January
Strikers Need Resurgence:
Adelaide Strikers remain in the race for the playoffs, but Alex Carey’s team has not put a steady run of victories composed. A greatest of two wins and two defeats from their last four is symbolic of their campaign, and now they have to make it to the top five deprived of the star leggie Rashid Khan.
An embarrassing, 111-run loss to the Stars last time out proposes that Adelaide can peter out from this point and, while the roster is missing their prime player, it’s the batsmen that have floundered. If Strikers are to beat the Heat in this game and build from that place, they’ll need upgraded performances from the unsatisfactory Phil Salt and Matt Renshaw.
Possible playing XI: Philip Salt, Travis Head, Daniel Worrall, Jake Weatherald, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Alex Carey (C & WK), Matt Renshaw, Jon Wells, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar.
Brisbane is Burning:
Brisbane Heat’s total of 115 against Perth on Tuesday may be mathematically better than the Strikers’ 68 against the Stars, but the presentation was nearly as miserable. The Heat was agreeably placed at 96-3 chasing 175, but the wickets of Joe Denly and Lewis Gregory ignited an alarming batting breakdown.
Chris Lynn and co. do have some momentum and have retorted after losing four of their first five matches. The captain has put grievance and loss of form after him to top score in each of Heat’s last four games, but the franchise needs backing and superior depth to the batting.
Morne Morkel’s arrival into BBL 10 could be critical in these concluding stages of the groups in the bowling lineup.
Possible playing XI: Chris Lynn (C), Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Morne Morkel, Mitchell Swepson, Xavier Bartlett.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
In the 46th match of the ongoing BBL Big Bash League 2020-21, Adelaide Strikers will play against the Brisbane Heat at the Adelaide Oval Stadium in Adelaide on 21st January Thursday.
The Adelaide Oval provided an excellent batting wicket in the previous week, which should be the case on Thursday as well. The ball was witnessed to come nicely onto the bat allowing the batsmen to play their shots early on in the innings. The bowlers used extra bounce and variable pace to their rescue from the batting carnage. However, the spinners were reasonably impressive, with the ball gripping to turn comprehensively.
Thus, this being an evening game, the dew factor should come into play, and with batting being easier under the lights, the skipper will prefer batting second on winning the toss.
Back Brisbane for Tops Value:
The Strikers are back at their home turf Adelaide Oval succeeding a poor loss on the path, and Carey and co. will appreciate being in acquainted environments.
A lonely batting point parts sixth-placed Heat from the Strikers, who are in the seventh position. Both teams have won five of their eleven games, so it’s no surprise to see such a close-fitting outcome market on the eve of the game. The crack has broadened slightly since the market unlocked, and Adelaide is equally favorited as the Heat at 1.90.
While it’s not a must-win match in the league’s sternest logic, it does seem probable that the losing team will bid goodbye to BBL 2021. Initially, we were drawn to Adelaide, but we have coped to talk ourselves out of that forecast.
Neither franchise is in great touch as of now, but Rashid Khan’s exit is a significant setback to Adelaide, and no-one in their bowling lineup can replicate that second part of taking wickets and blocking the runs.
The toss could be significant, but Adelaide looks like they may end their season in freefall, so we are backing Brisbane Heat.
Having gone for the interlopers in the outcome market, we can now rationalize backing the heavy choice in Brisbane’s top batter market. The Heat is improbable to claim the points if their captain fails and, while his game of top run-getter has to come to a conclusion at some point, Chris Lynn inclines to uphold form once he finds it.