The 13th edition of the Big Bash League has begun and the excitement is reaching another level for one of the premier T20 cricket leagues. On Saturday, in the 3rd fixture of the league, Adelaide Strikers will be hosting Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
Adelaide Strikers finished their previous BBL campaign on a very low note and ended up at the bottom of the point table. This year, they will be expecting to start on a positive note and continue the momentum for the rest of the season.
Brisbane Heat missed on the trophy last year and ended the campaign as a runner-up of the league. The team management will be hoping that this season will end the wait for lifting the trophy. The top bookmakers in India have odds with them.
In the last 5 T20s, the average score of the team batting first is 161.2.
The betting tip is...
Team batting first to score more than 160.5 runs
The Strikers will be under the leadership of Matthew Short. He will be taking the leadership role from Travis Head, who led the team in the previous season in the absence of Short. Adelaide Strikers have a long list of T20 experts.
Chris Lynn and D'Arcy Short will be eyeing to give the team a solid start with the bat. Matt Short, Chris Lynn, and Alex Carey will be responsible for the middle order.
The only weakness the Strikers have this year is their bowling department. It is inexperienced and relatively new to the league. It will be difficult for the team in the beginning to find the right balance in the bowling unit.
However, young pacers like Wes Agar, Brendon Doggett, and Henry Thornton have an opportunity to showcase their talent.
The absence of Rashid Khan will hurt the squad as he has withdrawn himself from the league this year.
Predicted Lineup: Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Brendan Doggett, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short, Matt Short, Henry Thornton, Jamie Overton, David Payne
Their previous year’s performance was the talk of the town and this year, fans will be expecting them to clinch the title. Usman Khawaja will be the leading man for the team with Sam Billings as their full-time wicketkeeper.
Colin Munro will be joining the team from Abu Dhabi’s T10 league. Marnus Labuschagne & Josh Brown will be responsible for hitting some big numbers for the team. All-rounder from Essex, Paul Walter, will be making his debut in BBL this year for Brisbane Heat.
Michael Neser will be leading the bowling attack for the team with Mitch Swepson and Matthew Kuhnemann. Spencer Johnson will also be present as a fourth option to pace bowler.
Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Billings, and Josh Brown will be the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Josh Brown, Usman Khawaja (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munro, Sam Billings (wk), Paul Walter, Max Bryant, Spencer Johnson, Michael Neser, Mitch Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann
Adelaide Strikers have a good depth in batting but their bowling has a major void. They might struggle to pick wickets and break partnerships timely.
Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, have some experienced names in the team who are match-winners in any condition. We predict a win for the Brisbane Heat on Saturday at Adelaide.