Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers BBL: start time and how to watch free
Winless Brisbane Heat will be under extreme pressure when they host Adelaide Strikers in the BBL.
Brisbane Heat (0-2 record) were savaged by Australian legends Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting during the most recent loss to the Sydney Thunder. Warne said it was "as bad a bowling as I've seen in T20 cricket" as Brisbane failed to defend 6-178. Ponting described it as "absolutely pathetic bowling" as Daniel Sams hit it to all parts.
The Heat have badly underperformed in recent seasons, having failed to make the finals since 2016/17. Adelaide, meanwhile, are 1-2 after falling victim to Dan Christian's 50 off 15 balls for the Sydney Sixers on Sunday night.
When is Heat vs Strikers?
Action from The Gabba in Brisbane begins at 7.15pm AEDT on Wednesday 23 December. You can see the full list of BBL fixtures here.
How to watch BBL Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers
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Watch Heat vs Strikers on Kayo Sports
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Stream Heat vs Strikers on Foxtel Now
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History of Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers
The head-to-head record is close, with the Heat having 5 wins to the Strikers' 6. Interestingly, the away team dominates this fixture. Adelaide has a 4-1 advantage in matches played at The Gabba, while Brisbane is 4-2 in clashes at Adelaide Oval.
Who will win Heat vs Strikers?
The Heat just haven't been able to find a winning formula in recent years and that has carried into this season. They do have star Afghani spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman back in the lineup after he recovered from COVID-19.
Also giving the Heat a boost will be taking on a Strikers team missing captain Alex Carey and Harry Conway. The pair played in Australia A's game against India in Sydney 11-14 December. Unfortunately for them, QLD's new border rules requires anyone who was in Greater Sydney from 9 December to quarantine for 14 days meaning they couldn't fly up.
Still we like Adelaide's chances of continuing their strong record in Brisbane with a win here. As per usual, much will ride on the shoulders of the world's top-ranked T20 bowler Rashid Khan.