Brisbane, December 19 at 01:45 PM IST
One of the most-awaited cricket leagues in the world- Big Bash League kickstarts tomorrow with reigning champions Adelaide Strikers locking horns with Brisbane Heat at the iconic The Gabba, Brisbane in the series opener. The clash will begin at 01:45 PM IST.
The defending champions, Adelaide Strikers would be looking to start the campaign on a high and clinch victory in the opening encounter. In the last four head to head encounters with Brisbane Heat, Strikers have managed to cross the line three times. They haven't made any significant changes this year and most of their squad is the same. While their regular skipper is busy with the test squad against India, Colin Ingram has been given the responsibility to lead the squad. Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake and Alex Carey are some of the key players, Strikers will be counting upon.
In this season, Brisbane Heat will play under the leadership of Chris Lynn who has taken over the responsibilities from Brendon McCullum. Unlike last year, Heat would be hoping for a better campaign this year and might be eyeing on the title win. In BBL 2017, Heat finished bottom-second with just four wins in a total of ten encounters.
Heat have signed Mujeeb Ur Rahman as their new signing this year. The Afghan spinner replaces Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah from last years' squad.
In the last four outings, Adelaide Strikers have thrashed Brisbane Heat three times.
Rashid Khan was the highest wicket taking bowler in last edition with 18 scalps in bag.
Alex Carey amassed 443 runs and finished second in the list of to run getters in BBL 2017.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup for –
ADS Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Alex Carey
Batsmen – Colin Ingram (c), J Weatherald, J Wells, J Lehmann
All-rounder – M Neser, M Short/C Valente
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, B Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Ben Laughlin (Doubt: L O' Connor)
BRH Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – J Peirson
Batsmen – Chris Lynn, B McCullum, J Burns, Max Bryant, S Heazlett
All-rounder – Ben Cutting
Bowlers – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, M Swepson, M Steketee, J Pattinson (Doubt:B Doggett)
Adelaide Strikers- Colin Ingram (c), Rashid Khan, Jake Lehmann, Ben Laughlin, Alex Carey (wk), M Neser, Peter Siddle, L O'Connor, Billy Stanlake, Matthew Short, C Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells
Brisbane Heat- Chris Lynn (c), Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, B Doggett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Brendon McCullum, James Pattinson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jimmy Peirson
Fantasy picks from Adelaide Strikers
Rashid Khan – The Afghan spinner was the leading wicket-taker in the last edition and he will be one of the biggest threat to Heat. Moreover, he can also hit big and contribute with the bat which makes him a handy all-rounder.
Alex Carey- With 443 runs, Alex Carey finished second in the list of leading run scorer in BBL 2017.
Fantasy picks from Brisbane Heat
Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum- The Bash Brothers of Brisbane Heat, Lynn and McCullum are the marquee players of Heat and will share the responsibility of hitting big sixes.
Mujeeb ur Rahman- Heat would be looking forward to their new signing- another Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who has impressed everyone with his turns in a very little time. After an impressive IPL season, this will be his first BBL season and Mujeeb looks all set to get going.
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