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Preview: Strikers v Heat

02 February 2019

Alex Carey crushed a vital half-century in the Strikers' first win of BBL|08 against the Heat

The Strikers host the Heat in a must-win match for both teams at Adelaide Oval.

Strikers v Heat
Sunday, 3 February
Adelaide Oval – 5:45pm local

Head to head
Adelaide Strikers: 5
Brisbane Heat: 3

Strikers shine in BBL|08 opener

Last time
The Strikers kicked off BBL|08 in style with an impressive five-wicket win over the Heat at the Gabba.

Alex Carey led the way with 70 from just 46 deliveries while Rashid Khan earned Player of the Match honours after claiming outstanding figures of 3/19.

The match was momentarily hijacked by a strange third umpire decision involving Brisbane’s James Pattinson whereby the Strikers’ withdrew their appeal to allow his innings to continue.

Adelaide ultimately cruised past Brisbane’s total of 146 with five balls to spare to maintain the club’s undefeated record at the Gabba.

Talking point
The stakes are high in what is virtually an elimination final.

It’s sixth against seventh on the BBL ladder with both clubs needing two victories and favourable results elsewhere to qualify for finals.

It’ll need to be all-out attack for the Strikers too – Adelaide has the second-worst run rate in the competition and will hope to bank two points and improve its rate to keep the club’s BBL|08 campaign alive.

Stat attack
Adelaide’s aggression was plain to see in the Strikers’ last match in Launceston, and the numbers backed that up.

Openers Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey blasted 84 runs in the first six overs for the equal-fourth best power play total in Big Bash history – only three runs shy of the competition record which was also set by the Strikers in BBL|03.

Will the Strikers look to push the pace early again on Sunday evening?

Striker to watch – Jake Weatherald
Weatherald unleashed against Hobart in Tasmania in a timely reminder of his match-winning abilities.

After a lean run by his own lofty standards, Weatherald shook off the shackles to smash 82 off only 42 deliveries – the highest score by a Striker this summer.

The Strikers must lay it all on the line to make a last-gasp finals appearance in the club’s remaining two matches and Weatherald’s aggression will again set the tone at the top of the order.

Danger man – Chris Lynn
It’s an obvious call, but the Strikers must contain Heat captain Chris Lynn on Sunday.

The right-hander has taken over the mantle from former Strikers skipper Michael Klinger as the leading runscorer in Big Bash history. Lynn’s unbeaten 56 against the Scorchers on Friday night moved him to a record 1945 BBL runs from 61 matches.

He’s third for runs in BBL|08 (385) and will need to be dismissed cheaply.

Adelaide Strikers squad
Colin Ingram (c)
Wes Agar
Alex Carey (wk)
Rashid Khan
Ben Laughlin
Jake Lehmann
Michael Neser
Harry Nielsen
Liam O’Connor
Peter Siddle
Cameron Valente
Jake Weatherald
Jon Wells

Brisbane Heat squad
Chris Lynn (c)
Max Bryant
Ben Cutting
Sam Heazlett
Matt Kuhnemann
Josh Lalor
Brendon McCullum
Jimmy Peirson
Jack Prestwidge
Matt Renshaw
Alex Ross
Mark Steketee
Mitch Swepson