On Saturday, December 02, 2023, Adelaide Strikers will lock horns with Brisbane Heat in the final of Women’s Big Bash League 2023 at the Adelaide Oval. The clash is expected to be a highly anticipated final at the iconic ground.
Adelaide Strikers have been undoubtedly, the team of the regular season. Defending champions Strikers have been in red-hot form in this tournament, qualifying for the final directly from the group stage. They finished first in the league stage on the WBBL points table with 22 points. Brisbane Strikers have won 11 of their 14 matches.
They have displayed flawless cricket all through the competition, flouting their prowess in all three departments – batting, bowling and fielding. Strikers’ pillar of strength has been their batters who have provided ample runs to their bowlers and also managed to chase down totals after the folding opponents with ease. The team will aim for back-to-back WBBL titles.
On the other hand, Brisbane Heat had to work hard to secure a place in the season finale after three defeats towards the end of the round-robin phase. In the span of 24 hours they produced two brilliant performances to reach the WBBL final. Heat finished third on the points ladder with 16 points. They have won eight out of their 14 games.
Their batters are in exceptional form as four of their batters have more than 300 runs for the season. Arguably, they have the biggest X-factor player of the tournament in Grace Harris. Under stress, Heat’s bowlers have struggled and have managed to let themselves down. The team will expect an all-round performance to win their third WBBL title.
Both teams have showcased extraordinary performances throughout the tournament, demonstrating their prowess and determination to secure a dream position in the final showdown. With a display of unwavering team spirit, skills and strategic brilliance, both sides will battle for the prestigious WBBL trophy.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 59, Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – Match Details
Date and Time: December 02, 2023, Saturday, 01:40 PM IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and FanCode
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 59, Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – Pitch Report
The pitch at this iconic venue is well-regarded for its balanced surface, providing favourable conditions for both batters and bowlers. Initially, fast bowlers may get a good bounce but as the game progresses the batters can take advantage to play confidently. Additionally, spin bowlers might find support in the later stages. A first-inning total of 160 might pose a significant challenge for the chasing team.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 59, Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this fixture doesn’t look too promising as it is expected to be partly cloudy. The temperature is expected to be around 22-degree Celsius with 62% humidity.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 59, Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – Probable Playing XIs
Adelaide Strikers: Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Tahlia McGrath(c), Bridget Patterson(wk), Madeline Penna, Danielle Gibson, Georgia Adams, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt, Anesu Mushangwe.
Brisbane Heat: Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen(c), Georgia Redmayne(wk), Amelia Kerr, Mignon du Preez, Charli Knott, Georgia Voll, Mikayla Hinkley, Laura Harris, Nicola Hancock, Courtney Sippel.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 59, Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – Head-to-Head Records
Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat have battled 21 times against each other in WBBL history with Heat dominating the record. Brisbane Heat emerged victorious in 11 encounters while Adelaide Strikers have won nine matches. One match between these two sides ended in a tie.
Both teams clashed against each other twice in the league stage in the ongoing season, where Strikers won the first encounter and Heat struck back clinching the second.
Prediction: Adelaide Strikers to win the match.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 59, Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – Key Players
- Katie Mack: She has been in tremendous form with the bat all through the WBBL campaign. Katie Mack has racked up 449 runs in 14 matches so far at a strike rate of 119.73. She has smashed three half-centuries with a top score of 86. Her contribution in the final will be very valuable for the Strikers.
- Amanda-Jade Wellington: She has been one of the best bowlers in the WBBL 2023. Wellington has picked 20 wickets in 14 matches. She alongside Megan Schutt has led the Strikers bowling attack, bowling impeccable lines, enabling other bowlers to make an impact. Amanda-Jade Wellington’s best figures for this season is 3/4.
- Grace Harris: She has been one of the most crucial players for Brisbane Heat. Harris had a huge impact in the qualifying finals. She also smashed a record-breaking 136 off 59 balls early in the season. Grace Harris has scored 486 runs at a strike rate of 171.13 and is the team’s leading run-scorer this season. She is a type of player who can win a final off her own bat.
- Amelia Kerr: She has been Brisbane Heat’s standout player as she has produced an excellent all-round performance in the ongoing competition. She has scored 352 runs, and also claimed 10 wickets in tough situations. Her contribution with both bat and ball can be proven very important for the Heat’s in the final.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 59, Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keeper: Bridget Patterson
Batters: Grace Harris, Laura Wolvaardt, Katie Mack
All-rounders: Amelia Kerr, Tahlia McGrath, Charli Knott
Bowlers: Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Nicola Hancock