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BBL Eliminator: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Preview

  • Brisbane Heat will host Adelaide Strikers in 'The Eliminator' of BBL 10
  • This match will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane with the winner set to play Sydney Thunder in Knock Out
  • Brisbane Heat have won 6 of their last 9 matches.
  • Chris Lynn has been Brisbane Heat's best batsman in 6 of their last 7 matches
  • Adelaide Strikers have won 5 of their 6 matches against Brisbane Heat at this venue
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Brisbane Heat and the Adelaide Strikers get the BBL10 finals underway (Getty Images)

Brisbane Heat made it to their first Big Bash League (BBL) finals four years and their prize is a home match against Adelaide Strikers who are into their fifth finals in the last seven years. This BBL10 Eliminator will be played on Friday at The Gabba.

The Heat finished fourth in the regular season with an even win-loss record, the same as the fifth-placed Adelaide Strikers and only a Bash Boost point differentiating them. The winner will move to Manuka Oval to take on Sydney Thunder in ‘The Knock Out’ on Sunday.

Brisbane Heat Form


The Heat won six of their last nine matches to improve their fortunes and earn a finals place. This run included three wins out of four at the Gabba, which has certainly helped their run.

Captain Chris Lynn (420 runs, SR 157.30) has been in amazing form ending as the Heat’s best batsman in six of their last seven matches. The star turn came from Marnus Labuschagne (123 runs, six wickets) who has been brilliant in the three matches he played. Mark Steketee (22 wickets) continues to be their bowling spearhead.

Brisbane Heat News


Chris Lynn’s side does not have any injury issues and should be able to field the same squad.

Adelaide Strikers Form


The Strikers had luck going their way in the final regular season matches to pip Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars to the fifth spot. Three wins out of their last five is not impressive reading although they have done a season double against the Heat.

Alex Carey (412 runs) and Jake Weatherald (401) have been consistent at the top of the order, while Wes Agar (21 wickets) and Peter Siddle (18) have been their bowling leaders.

Adelaide Strikers News


The Strikers are already boosted by the return of Test squad members Travis Head and Michael Neser.

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Head-to-Head


The Strikers have an 8-5 win-loss record including three wins in a row. This season saw the Strikers eke out a two-run win at the Gabba with Jimmy Peirson’s 69* (off 36 balls) in vain. The return match was a one-sided affair with the Strikers running out as 82-run winners. Alex Carey (101) and Wes Agar (4/27) led the charge for the Strikers.

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Match Up


Lynn and Labuschagne have been the leaders for the Heat in the later stages of the regular season with the bat and ball respectively. Labuschagne’s leg-spin could play a crucial part for the Heat. As for the Strikers, they are over-dependent on Carey’s runs while Siddle’s experience is a massive help with the ball.

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers Stats


  • Chris Lynn has been Brisbane Heat’s best batsman in 6 of their last 7 matches.
  • Brisbane Heat have won 6 of their last 9 matches.
  • Adelaide Strikers have won 5 of the last 7 matches against Brisbane Heat, including the last 3 in a row.
  • Adelaide Strikers have won 5 of the 6 matches against Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
  • Adelaide Strikers had the highest opening partnership of the match in 8 of their last 9 matches against Brisbane Heat.

Prediction


Adelaide Strikers’ opening remains their strong suite and could decide how this BBL Eliminator: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers goes. The Heat will hope to overturn their recent losing trend against the Strikers, although they have been dependent only on Lynn and Labuschagne. The Strikers’ winning run at the Gabba is a massive morale boost for the visitors, who need a fresh start for the finals.

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