Brisbane Heat is one of the most severely affected teams in the BBL 2021-22, having lost many players to COVID infection and being forced to field a large number of new faces. Adelaide Strikers are also having a bad season, as they are currently at the bottom of the points table. To qualify for the play-offs, both teams must win their remaining matches and hope that the other results go their way.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 12th, 2022 at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Match Details to Note
Match: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers, 46th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: January 12, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Team Previews
The Brisbane Heat has undoubtedly been the team most severely impacted by Covid-19, and this was evident in their most recent match as well. Not only did the majority of their first-choice players test positive, but they were also unable to find replacements and had to postpone their match. That left the Brisbane Heat high and dry, with an insufficient squad, the effects of which were visible in their previous match as well.
Up until their most recent match, the Brisbane Heat appeared to be in a strong position to finish in the top four, but their recent loss to the Hobart Hurricanes has harmed their chances. Brisbane Heat currently sits in fifth place on the ladder, with three wins in ten matches. In addition, they have a pretty poor net run rate of -0.447, which could be a factor if they don’t get some more wins under their belt.
On paper, the Brisbane Heat have a rather depleted squad, with much relying on players like Sam Heazlett, Fakhar Zaman, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. They failed to live up to expectations in the most recent match, but they could play a significant role in the upcoming match. The kids, on the other hand, did a good job and will want to do it again. If that happens, and the senior players contribute well, the Brisbane Heat could be a difficult team to deal with.
Brisbane Heat Squad
Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper (c), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Lachlan Pfeffer (wk), Xavier Bartlett, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jake Lehmann, Paddy Dooley, David Grant, Liam Guthrie, Nathan McSweeney, Will Prestwidge, Jack Wildermuth, Jack Wood
Predicted XI: Jake Lehmann, Jack Clayton, Lachlan Pfeffer (wk), Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper (c), Jack Wood, Steven McGiffin, Will Prestwidge, Paddy Dooley, David Grant, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Adelaide Strikers not only had a poor start to the tournament, but they also continued to fall down the ladder after getting back on track. They’ve had some brilliant individual performances from their players, but not many of them have mattered, with Adelaide Strikers usually coming out on the wrong side of the result.
The Strikers have only won a couple of games so far this season, and they currently sit at the bottom of the table with 13 points. Despite this, they are still in with a chance of qualifying, but a win in this match will be critical. A win here would move them up to fifth place, where they would be within striking distance of qualifying, but they would still have to play out of their skins.
The Adelaide Strikers have a lot of holes on paper, especially in the batting department. The absence of Alex Carey and Travis Head has clearly harmed them, as they have frequently struggled to perform at the plate. For them to succeed, a lot is riding on the shoulders of players like Matthew Short, Jonathan Wells, Matt Renshaw, and Jake Weatherland. On the bowling front, however, they have adequate resources, with Rashid Khan at the helm. Overall, the Strikers have the resources, but they will have to play out of their skins in the future. If that happens, they will be a difficult team to beat in the upcoming match.
Adelaide Strikers Squad
Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Ryan Gibson, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle (c), Harry Conway, Fawad Ahmed, Liam Scott, Henry Thornton, Wes Agar, Daniel Worrall, Liam O Connor
Predicted XI: Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Ryan Gibson, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Harry Conway, Peter Siddle (c), Fawad Ahmed
Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Toss Prediction
For the most part, the pitch performed admirably in the previous game, with good pace and carry. Both teams will try to put the opposition to bat on this track and plan their chase based on the target on the board.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Gabba will have good pace and bounce for pace bowlers, and the pitch will be difficult to navigate with the new cherry in hand. However, once batters have settled down, they can hit through the line, relying on the bounce that is available. On this pitch, we anticipate average scores of 160-180 runs.
On the day of the match, Brisbane is expected to have sunny and breezy weather with bright sunshine. There will be no weather or rain delays.
Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Match Prediction
Brisbane Heat has a new team with a different lineup than their first-choice team, and they definitely lack quality and experience in their batting lineup. The Adelaide Strikers’ batting has been inconsistent, but they have experienced players in their playing XI such as Weatherald, Short, and Wells. In the bowling department, both teams have a lot of new faces.
Brisbane Heat is the favourite to beat Adelaide Strikers at the odds of 1.80.
- Brisbane Heat has 15 points from 10 games, with 3 wins and 7 losses.
- Adelaide Strikers currently sit last in the points table with 13 points from ten games.
- This season, the Brisbane Heat lost all three games they played at this venue.