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The first playoff match of the Big Bash League (BBL) will see Brisbane Heat taking on Adelaide Strikers at The Gabba Stadium in Woolloongabba on 29th January.

The game between the Heat and the Strikers is scheduled to start at 01:45 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 2 HD. Mobile viewers can stream it live via the Sony LIV app.

Preview: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers

Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers have met on two occasions in BBL 2020-21. In their first encounter at The Gabba on 23rd December, the Strikers won the game by 2 runs. Their second encounter saw Adelaide Strikers registering a humongous 82 runs win at the Adelaide Oval.

With 7 wins in 14 matches, Brisbane Heat is currently occupying the fourth position on the table. In their previous encounter against Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Heat confirmed their berth in the playoffs by posting a 6 runs victory at the Adelaide Oval. The Chris Lynn led team currently has 29 points to its name.

With the same number of wins in 14 matches, Adelaide Strikers are just behind Brisbane Heat on the table. In their last game against Sydney Thunder, the Thunders won the game by 9 wickets at the Adelaide Oval. Travis Head and Co have bagged 28 points in the league so far.

Pitch report

The Gabba Stadium has been a host to five matches in BBL 2020-21 so far. Out of these five encounters, the chasing side has won three games whereas the batting side electing to bat first has won two games. A score of 160+ is defendable at this venue.

Weather report

The weather at The Gabba Stadium on Friday is forecasted to be partly cloudy, though no showers will interrupt the clash. An average temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius and humidity of around 61% is expected during the game.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at The Gabba is 160.

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers probable XI

Brisbane Heat: Probable XI

Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, Max Bryant, Marnus Labuschagne, Xavier Bartlett, Joe Denly, Jack Wildermuth, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Pierson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson

Bench

Matt Kuhnemann, Morne Morkel, Lachlan Pfeffer, Sam Heazlett, Ben Laughlin, Tom Cooper, James Bazley

Adelaide Strikers: Probable XI

Philip Salt, Matt Renshaw, Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Liam O Connor, Danny Briggs

Bench

Jonathan Wells, Harry Nielsen, Daniel Worrall, Spencer Johnson, Harry Conway, Liam Scott, Matt Short, Cameron Valente

Wicketkeeper: Alex Carey

Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Jack Weatherald, Max Bryant, Philip Salt

All-rounders: Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head

Bowlers: Mark Steketee, Wes Agar, Mitch Swepson, Peter Siddle

Top picks for Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers

In 12 innings, Alex Carey has aggregated 412 runs for his side at an average of 34.33. This whopping total of 412 runs comprises 42 boundaries and 10 sixes. His highest score in BBL 2020-21 is 101.

Chris Lynn has been phenomenal in this year’s BBL. In 10 matches, he has aggregated 420 runs at an average of 42 and strike rate of 157.30. His highest in the 10th edition of the BBL is 69.

Marnus Labuschagne has contributed with both bat and ball for his side. In 3 innings, Labuschagne has scored 123 runs and has accounted for 6 wickets. Also, he has garnered the player of the match title twice in just three matches.

Another top pick for the upcoming game is Mark Steketee. He has scalped 22 wickets for his side at an economy rate of 9.45.

Man of the match prediction

Marnus Labuschagne could be the Man of the Match in the next game.

Winner prediction

With the likes of Alex Carey and Chris Lynn, both Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers have a well-balanced lineup. Although the Strikers have been dominant over Brisbane Heat in their previous two encounters, the Heats have the record of registering a victory at The Gabba stadium. And with the presence of Marnus Labuschagne in the squad, it’s likely that Brisbane Heat will win the next game.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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