2017-18 Big Bash League – Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat Preview

When? Sunday, 31st December

Where? Adelaide Oval

Weather? A sunny day is expected in Adelaide with temperatures of around 19-20c expected

What channel is it on? Channel TEN in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Are tickets still available? http://www.adelaidestrikers.com.au/tickets

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Adelaide Strikers W2, Brisbane Heat W3
All-time meetings: Adelaide Strikers W3, Brisbane Heat W3

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

Coach: Jason Gillespie

Captain: Travis Head

  • The Strikers have a quick turnaround in matches having only played on Thursday but they are thriving and confident right now having won their opening two matches against the two Sydney outfits.
  • Alex Carey has been the star with the bat so far while their bowling attack is looking strong with wicket takers in Laughlin and Rashid Khan combined with Peter Siddle's economical bowling so the team overall is very well balanced.
  • The Strikers have named an unchanged 13-man squad and they will in all likelihood name the same eleven given the tremendous form they have shown in the opening two matches but this does promise to be a tougher test than both of those matches.

BRISBANE HEAT

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Captain: Brendon McCullum

  • The Heat have started BBL07 relatively well with two wins from their opening three games and they will be highly motivated against the Strikers who are expected to be competing with them later in the tournament for honours.
  • They welcomed back Chris Lynn against the Sydney Thunder and Lynnsanity returned as he smashed 25 runs off just 9 balls and their batting line-up is arguably the most potent in BBL07 right now.
  • Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah comes into the line-up for the Heat in place of his national team colleague Shadab Khan and they will look for him to have an immediate impact for the team.

PREDICTION
This match is an authentic shootout between two of the best and biggest hitting batting line-ups in the Big Bash. The Strikers have the edge in the bowling department with Peter Siddle in great form and Rashid Khan and Ben Laughlin taking the wickets so that could be the fine margin that makes the difference here. That said, the Heat’s batting firepower can take the game away from any team and this match is genuinely a 50/50 affair with TSZ marginally edging the Strikers’ bowling as the differentiating factor.