About the Match
Trailing at the bottom with just 2 points on board from their recent victory against Stars, Brisbane Heat will host table toppers Adelaide Strikers, who have 6 points in their kitty from three straight wins, on 4th Jan at Brisbane. The hosts who scored a thrilling 1-run victory against Melbourne Stars in their previous game, suffered defeat on Friday against Hurricanes by 6 wickets and will be eager to go back to their winning strategy. Adelaide Strikers, on the other hand, have had an amazing run so far winning all three matches convincingly against their opponents; it will be interesting to see if they can continue with their winning spree against the hosts on Sunday.
The batsmen did an amazing job of putting up a stiff challenge of 208 runs against Hurricanes batting first; however, the bowlers couldn’t make much of a dent and gave away too many easy runs with most of them averaging above 10 runs per over to give away the advantage and losing the match by 6 wickets. Forrest and Peirson put up a solid 119-run opening stand to give the team the definite edge, which the batsmen like Lynn, Cutting and Christian down the line boosted with regular run-flow. However, bowlers like Vettori, Cutting, Flintoff and Christian couldn’t keep a tight discipline in their attack and leaked away too many runs; in earlier matches, they had performed very well to contain the opponents but couldn’t do so here. Against Stars, Lynn had given an impressive performance with that bat, scoring 48 off 31 balls while Reardon and Cutting has chipped in with precious runs; bowlers like Duffield, Flintoff, Vettori and Christian had on that occasion helped the team clinch a much needed victory. They need to bounce back here and make the most of the home advantage against a tough team like Strikers, who look unbeatable at the moment.
They have a good balance of experienced bowlers and in-form batsmen, who seem to be gelling well as a team and producing wonders on the field; their chases have been very convincing as seen in the last two games with players like Ludeman, Dean and Brad Hodge peaking at the right moment to take the team safely home. Simmons also played well in the last match and is a good support to Ludeman in opening; Pollard and Head will also have to shoulder the responsibilities of building a good foundation in either chase or setting a target. Bowlers Shaun Tait, Kane Richardson, Laughlin, Botha and Zampa have been among the wicket-takers and look good to continue with their precision. The players’ morale is on a high and they can take on any kind of challenge with the right mind set going forward; however, they will need to be cautious against the home side and use their resources well to give a strong fight on Sunday.
Adelaide Strikers have the psychological advantage of being undefeated till now; however, Brisbane Heat will have the support of the home crowd and have all reasons to get back to winning ways. Though the match will be well-contested by both sides, we feel that Strikers with their must-win attitude will leave no stone unturned to score another win on Sunday.
Adelaide Strikers, 1.72 @ TitanBet