BH VS ADS PREVIEW
Despite a deluge of Covid-19 positive cases, the Big Bash League 2021 season continues. The points table appears to be quite intriguing, with the competition becoming increasingly intense as the competition progresses. While the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder appear to have clinched the top two spots, the race for the other two berths is still on.
Adelaide Strikers will face Brisbane Heat in the tournament’s next encounter, which will be crucial for both teams in terms of qualification scenarios. Both teams are at the bottom of the points table, and a positive outcome here could decide the match for both of them.
The 46th match of the Big Bash League 2021, between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers, will take place at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday, January 12th, 2021.
The Brisbane Heat have clearly been the team most negatively impacted by Covid-19, as evidenced by their most recent match. Not only did the bulk of their first-team players test positive, but they were also unable to find substitutes, forcing them to postpone their match. That left Brisbane Heat high and dry, with an under-strength side, the effects of which could be seen in their last encounter.
Brisbane Heat appeared to be in good shape before their last game, but their recent loss to the Hobart Hurricanes has significantly harmed their chances. Brisbane Heat are presently in fifth place on the ladder, having won three of their ten matches. They also have a net run rate of -0.447, which could be a concern if they don’t get some more wins under their belt.
On paper, the Brisbane Heat have a weakened squad, relying heavily on players like Sam Heazlett, Fakhar Zaman, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. They failed to live up to expectations in the most recent competition, but they could play a significant role in the forthcoming contest. The kids, on the other hand, did a good job and will want to do it again. If that happens, and the veteran players are able to contribute well, the Brisbane Heat might be a difficult team to beat.
Adelaide Strikers not only had a bad start to the competition, but they also continued to fall down the ladder after getting back on track. Their players have put in outstanding individual performances, but few of them have mattered, as Adelaide Strikers have been on the losing end of the result more often than not.
The Strikers have only won a couple of games so far and are currently wallowing at the bottom of the points standings with 13 points. Despite this, they are still in with a chance of qualifying, but a win in this encounter would be crucial. A win here would move them up to fifth place, putting them within striking distance of qualifying, but they would still have to play their hearts out.
Adelaide Strikers have a lot of holes on paper, particularly in the batting area. The absence of Alex Carey and Travis Head has certainly harmed them, as they have frequently struggled to perform at the plate. For Matthew Short, Jonathan Wells, Matt Renshaw, and Jake Weatherland to succeed, a lot is riding on them. On the other hand, they have adequate bowling resources, with Rashid Khan heading the charge. Overall, the Strikers have the resources, but they will have to play out of their skin in the coming weeks. If that occurs, they will be a difficult team to beat in the future encounter.
BH VS ADS PLAYING 11
- L Pfeffer
- Jonathan Wells
- Matt Renshaw
- Jake Weatherald
- Tom Cooper
- Jake Lehmann
- Matthew Short (C)
- S McGiffin
- Peter Siddle
- Rashid Khan (VC)
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman