Finally, Big Bash League has reached its climax. Brisbane Heat will take on Adelaide strikers in the first eliminator today at Gabba. Both the teams have ended the tournament with 28 points but Brisbane heat edged strikers in securing 4th place due to their superior run rate. Heat is the well-balanced squad with in-form players in their ranks. Led by Chris Lynn the team has won 7 out of 14 matches they have played and they have got the useful contribution from their captain and all-rounders like Jack Wildermuth and Lewis Gregory. Their latest addition MarnusLabuschagne is chipping with useful contributions at the right time and has won two Man of the Match awards. Joe Denly and Joe burs are also in the good touch which adds value to their middle order. But the big innings is not coming from their bat yet. Today can be their day which will help heat to get past the victory margin. When it comes to their bowling ben Laughlin is doing a fabulous job along with Jack Wildermuth and Swepson is also contributing with the ball. So you can expect heat putting up a gritty fight.

Adelaide strikers on another hand have once again secured their knockout spot with their captain Alex Carey leading from the front. Availability of Travis Head and Michael Nesser has changed their team composition as both chipping with useful contributions. Their availability makes the side look like a new threat in knockouts. Wes Agar and Peter Siddle are doing a fabulous job with the ball as the duo has picked up 39 wickets between them. Strikers might be low on their confidence as they have lost their previous encounter against thunder. But with the availability of Travis Head and Michael Nesser might help them to put up a strong performance today. Strikers are enjoying the right balance with the right mix of youth and experience. So you can expect a cracking encounter between these two sides.

Players to watch out for:

Alex Carey:

Alex Carey has been named in Australian squad for South Africa test series thanks to kind of form he has shown in ongoing big bash league. So he will look to put up a strong performance that will help him to revive his international career.

Travis Head:

Travis head hasn’t enjoyed a very good series against India but eventually shown in class when to return to Big Bash League. He is doing exceptionally well and his all-round performance has earned him the Man of the Match twice. Today he will look to repeat the same performance that will help his side to emerge as victorious.

Pitch report:

Pitch at Gabba will traditionally assist seam bowlers. Today also there will not be an exception. So batting first will be a viable option.

Expected playing XI:

Brisbane Heat

Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant, MarnusLabuschagne, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Lewis Gregory, Jack Prestwidge, Mark Steketee, Ben Laughlin/Xavier Bartlett and Mitchell Swepson.

Adelaide Strikers

Alex Carey (WK), Jake Weatherald, Phil Salt, Travis Head (C), Matt Renshaw/Jono Wells, Ryan Gibson, Michael Neser, Danny Briggs, Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle and Wes Agar.

Final thoughts:

With both, the teams equally poised against each other heat looks more well-balanced side than strikers. So you can expect them to emerge as victorious.

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