BBL|10 The Eliminator: Heat v Strikers betting tips, prediction & odds
Welcome to our Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for The Eliminator final of the 2020-21 Big Bash League at the Gabba, Brisbane, on Friday, January 29.
This is the match between the teams which finished fourth and fifth on the table after the regular season, with the winners of this clash to play Sydney Thunder in the Knockout final at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Sunday.
These teams met just over a week ago at Adelaide Oval when Strikers star Alex Carey racked up the first century of the BBL season as his team amassed 5-197. In reply the Heat were never in the hunt and managed just 115 as Wes Agar (4-27) and Peter Siddle (3-13) made a mess of the top order).
In their earlier meeting this season, the Heat were unlucky to lose at the Gabba as they stumbled in the dying stages, with a run out on the final ball denying them a tie and a super over.
Both teams have been in reasonable form in the lead-up, with the return of Test stars Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns for the Heat and Travis Head and Michael Neser for the Strikers helping. Though Burns must be at risk of being dropped for this final as he has looked mostly out of sorts.
Both teams also suffered a blow earlier this month when their super spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan were called up to play for their country Afghanistan. How we would love to see that pair square off.
Read on for our free Heat v Strikers tips ahead of their T20 clash in Brisbane on Friday, January 29.
Heat v Strikers BBL teams
Brisbane Heat (possible): Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mitch Swepson, Ben Laughlin.
Adelaide Strikers (possible): Alex Carey (wk), Jake Weatherald, Phil Salt, Travis Head (c), Ryan Gibson, Jonathan Wells, Michael Neser, Daniel Worrall, Wes Agar, Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle.
Heat v Strikers BBL odds
Head to head odds: Brisbane Heat $1.85, Adelaide Strikers $1.95
Man of the match betting:
$7 Chris Lynn
$8 Alex Carey
$9 Marnus Labuschagne
$9 Jake Weatherald, Travis Head
$13 Max Bryant, Joe Denly, Phil Salt, Michael Neser
Top run scorer Heat odds:
$3 Chris Lynn
$4 Marnus Labuschagne
$5.50 Max Bryant, Joe Denly
$6 Sam Heazlett
$8 Tom Cooper, Joe Burns
Top run scorer Strikers odds:
$3.50 Alex Carey
$4 Travis Head
$4.50 Jake Weatherald
$5 Phil Salt
$7.50 Jon Wells, Matt Renshaw
$9 Matthew Short, Harry Nielsen
$11 Ryan Gibson
Top wicket-taker Heat odds:
$3.50 Mark Steketee
$4.50 Morne Morkel, Jack Wildermuth, Mitchell Swepson
$5 Xavier Bartlett, Ben Laughlin
$5.50 Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne
$6.50 Lewis Gregory
Top wicket-taker Strikers odds:
$3.50 Wes Agar
$4 Peter Siddle
$4.50 Dan Worrall, Michael Neser
$5 Danny Briggs, Harry Conway
$5.50 Liam O’Connor, Cameron Valente
Heat v Strikers betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Heat v Strikers tips for Friday’s BBL clash.
Strikers to win at $2
We can’t help but feel the Heat rely far too heavily on star opener Chris Lynn. The powerful Lynn has been fantastic in the run to the finals, but the problem the Heat face is if Lynn fails then who is going to knock up a big total. There is not a lot of confidence in the likes of Denly, Burns, Bryant to make big scores quickly.
Alex Carey top scorer for the Strikers
Carey is in great form and has also scored a recent ton against the Heat. Carey is proven in big matches for Australia and has looked likely to rack up a big score every time he has batted recently. We are happy to be with him.
Heat v Strikers prediction 29/1/2021
The Strikers have won five of their past six matches at the Gabba against the Heat, so the ground should hold few fears. They have good bowling attack though it does lack variety with four right-arm seamers expected to line up. They could call on Travis Head’s left-arm spin and indeed leggie Liam O’Connor has been useful at times. This should be a close contest with a dropped catch or piece of magic from either team proving crucial. We just think the Strikers have slightly more batting depth. Our final Heat v Strikers prediction: Strikers to cause a minor upset.
Heat v Strikers lowdown
Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO, Channel Seven. South Africa: SuperSport. Britain: BT Sport. India: Sony Sports Network. Live stream: SonyLiv. New Zealand: Sky Sport. Pakistan: Ten Sports. Sri Lanka: Sony Six. West Indies: Sports Max, Flow Sports.
The game starts at 6.15pm local time (1.45pm India Standard Time) on January 29, 2021.
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