Christmas time is almost here, but before the Big Bash League season goes on a few days break, we have a couple of important games to look at, the first of which is an interesting clash between the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat from Adelaide Oval. Mr. Cricket has you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the Thursday night clash below.
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BBL11 Strikers vs Heat Betting Tips
Adelaide Oval, Thursday 23rd December, 7.15pm
Predicted XI: Matt Short, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielson, George Garton, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed
The Strikers were competitive but ultimately went down to the Sixers on Tuesday night after a pretty poor display with the ball. Defending 147, spinner Rashid Khan gave them a chance with a brilliant 3/20 off his four overs, but ultimately the quicks couldn’t back him up as George Garton went at 10.25 runs per over and Peter Siddle at 12.0 runs per over to cost the Strikers the game.
They sit in fourth placeon the BBL table bit have just a 1-3 record through four games and will be absolutely desperate to win this one at home to keep themselves in the hunt. Jake Weatherald suffered a niggle in the loss to the Sixers, so keep an eye out for news on him in relation to selection for Thursday night.
Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper, Jimmy Peirson, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
The Heat have also struggled early in the season, sitting 2nd last on the ladder with a 1-3 record. Unlike the Strikers, who have picked up three extra big bash points, the Heat have only recorded one through their four games so they are now a full game behind their opponents on Thursday night.
Tom Abell comes out with injury, but the Heat have named Jack Wildermuth in the 13 man squad. It’s unclear whether he will actually start on Thursday night, but he certainly adds to their depth.
One of the games I’ve had the most trouble predicting so far this season for sure. These two teams are pretty evenly matched. The Heat’s strength probably lies more in their batting while the Strikers lies in their bowling. However, the Strikers quicks haven’t been playing to their usual high standard of late, so it’s a little hard to see them coming to life all of a sudden on Thursday night.
I would have predicted these two teams to be priced pretty similarly, so I was surprised to see the Heat as $2.39 underdogs. Really like them at that price considering the Strikers issues with the bat at the moment.
Same Game Multi
Another night, another win for our favourite same game multi leg on Wednesday night as the 1st dismissal was caught in the game between the Gades and Scorchers. That makes it 13/17 wins for that bet, and I’m riding with it once again on Thursday night.
In our other two legs, we’ll be combining Jono Wells and Chris Lynn to clear the 10 run mark. Both players score 10 runs or more in over 70% of their Big Bash innings dating all the way back to BBL07.
1st Dismissal – Caught
Chris Lynn 10+ Runs
Jono Wells 10+ Runs
STR vs HEA Same Game Multi