The caravan of the ongoing Australia T20 League continues with 36th match of the tournament. In this fixture, Bribane Heat will lock horns with the defending champions Adelaide Strikers on 14 Jan at 10:10 AM. The match is to be held at The Gabba, Brisbane. The in-form Heat has suffered a deflating defeat at the hands of Perth Scorchers in their previous match and this game is likely to give them advantage of their home ground. On the other hand, the Strikers’ campaign has been a little disappointing, considering their consecutive three-match losing spree. But after they registered victory in their previous encounter against Renegades, they seemed to have regained their confidence.
Brisbane Heat are poised at fifth spot on the points table with 4 wins from 8 matches they have played so far and a net run rate (NRR) of -0.076. They have been quite consistent in their performance throughout the ninth season. The Chris Lynn-side consists of Tom Banton, Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw in their batting line-up, who can enhance their chances of winning. To boost their bowling attack, the team has Josh Lalor, and Ben Laughlin to pick up wickets at regular intervals.
Adelaide Strikers have occupied the third position on the points table with 4 victories out of eight matches. Their recent comprehensive win against Renegades in the last game is testament to the fact that the Strikers have maintained their momentum and can turn the tables to their side in their upcoming fixture. Jonathan Wells (Strikers’ leading run-scorer), and Harry Nielson can build up a strong middle-order and Philip Salt and Jake Weatherald can give a solid start. On the bowling front, a brilliant show is expected from Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle and Henry Conway.
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The pitch at the Gabba Stadium tends to slow down in the latter half of the match. The Gabba ground is likely to support the spinners, giving a hard time to batsmen.
The weather is expected to be sunny as there are no chances of rain showers during the course of play. The temperature will hover around 27 degree Celsius, providing a pleasant surrounding for the match.
Probable Playing XI
Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matthew Short, Alex Carey, JW Wells, CL White, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, WA Agar, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente.