About the Match
The Adelaide Strikers are one of the most significantly revamped teams of the season and in fact, there was a lot of concern about them having given up too many of their leading players. They have currently got off to an excellent start to the tournament with two victories from two games. Their opponents for this match are one of the most fancied sides in the competition, the Brisbane Heat, who are now back to full strength. Everything promises to an excellent game of cricket.
There are a lot of similarities between the Adelaide Strikers and the Perth Scorchers on whom they have clearly modeled this new look side. The Strikers have shunned the traditional method of packing their side with too many batsmen and instead gone for a bowling heavy squad. This result seems to be paying off as Peter Siddle is the most economical bowler in the tournament, Ben Laughlin has 6 wickets to his name already, and Rashid Khan has been economical while picking up wickets regularly.
The remaining bowlers like Billy Stanlake, Travis Head, and Michael Neser are all very good as well giving the Strikers a depth in their bowling only matched by the Perth Scorchers.
That the Strikers would be competitive with the ball was something that most of us expected. What is unexpected is the way their batting seems to be rising to the occasion as well. Alex Carey has 127 runs from two matches and has filled the large boots of Ben Dunk at the top of the order with ease.
Jake Weatherald is probably the only batsman in the team who is yet to score any significant runs. Travis Head, Colin Ingram, and Brad Hodge have all played some useful cameos and could go on to score big runs themselves if needed.
Jonathan Wells also smashed a valuable 33 off just 19 balls to give the Strikers enough runs to be able to defend them successfully against the Sixers.
The Strikers and the Scorchers are the two teams that are looking to defend targets while the others want to chase them down. The Adelaide Strikers have chosen an excellent team to emulate and it looks like they could prove a lot of critics wrong this season.
If the Adelaide Strikers are going to come at opposition teams with their bowling, the Brisbane Heat hope to obliterate theirs through a barrage of heavy hitting batsmen. Chris Lynn missed the opening two matches for the Heat and Joe Burns also missed one because of a niggle but they were finally back to their full strength side in the last match against the Sydney Thunder.
In a match that turned out to be Shane Watson vs Brisbane Heat, all of the Heat’s biggest batsmen showed brilliant form and won them the match. Lynn and Ross both scored 25 off 9 deliveries each while Joe Burns was yet again the highest scorer of the inning.
Brendon McCullum missed for the second match in a row but he and Pierson also seem to be on the cusp of something big. If there is a team in this competition that can take on the bowling might of the Adelaide Strikers then it is the Brisbane Heat.
The Heat will have to make a big change to their bowling lineup as well after Shadab Khan will no longer be available for the remainder of the tournament. The Pakistani leg-spinner will be replaced by Yasir Shah, his countryman, and another leg-spinner, from this match onwards. We think Yasir Shah is excellent in test cricket but his record in the white ball formats has not been great up until now.
With Steketee not in good form, Mitchell Swepson not having picked up a single wicket so far, and Doggett going for plenty of runs, the Heat bowling looks a little thin right now.
They will need Lalor and Swepson to step up and really lead the attack otherwise they will be banking on their batting to bail them out in most matches.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather is expected to be sunny, clear, and perfect for cricket. The pitch offered some assistance to the spinners in the first match but had decent bounce in it and should be good for batting as well. The Short square boundaries of the Adelaide Oval will be under threat from Lynn and company. We expect a high scoring match to be played out.
The head to head between the Adelaide Strikers and the Brisbane Heat is 3-3, however, the Brisbane Heat have a perfect 3-0 record at the Adelaide Oval. With a full strength and in-form batting lineup, we are backing the Heat to continue their winning record at the Adelaide Oval.
Back the Brisbane Heat to win