WBBL08 match preview: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

Key match-ups, analysis, form, team news, weather forecast, tickets, TV and streaming information, odds, predictions and more ahead of the latest encounter in the 2022 Weber WBBL

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What's the match?

Adelaide Strikers take on Brisbane Heat in The Challenger as the WBBL approaches its climax.

When is it taking place?

The game is scheduled to start at 7.10pm local time (8.10am GMT) on Thursday, November 24.

Where is the match being played?

The game will be played in Adelaide at the Karen Rolton Oval.

Who's got the form?

Adelaide Strikers finished second in the regular season table, six points behind Sydney Sixers and ahead of Brisbane Heat on net run rate. The Strikers won eight matches from a possible 14, including their final two group matches to recover from a three-match winless run.

Brisbane Heat also won eight matches during the group stages but were denied a proper shot at second position after their final match against Melbourne Stars was washed out. The Heat won seven of their first 10 outings before fading away as November progressed but bounced back against Hobart Hurricanes in The Eliminator, completing a routine 44-run victory.

Laura Wolvaardt (341 runs) is the leading run-scorer for Adelaide Strikers while Katie Mack (317 runs) also has over 300 runs to her name. Megan Schutt and Amanda-Jade Wellington have taken a combined 44 wickets. For the Heat, Georgia Redmayne has scored 347 runs despite playing just 11 matches while Jess Jonassen (24), Nicola Hancock (22) and Amelia Kerr (20) have all taken 20-plus wickets.

When these two sides met in the group stages, Adelaide Strikers won the first match by 31 runs before the Heat took revenge with a two-run DLS win on November 14.

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Laura Harris is in blistering form in the middle order for Brisbane Heat [Mark Brake/Getty Images]

What's the key match-up?

Brisbane Heat's Laura Harris will likely have a big role in deciding the outcome of this match.

The middle-order batter has scored 237 runs at a strike rate of 200.84 - the highest of the competition - in 14 innings, including 31 fours and 12 sixes - only Sydney Sixers' Ashleigh Gardner has more sixes to her name in WBBL08.

The pick of her knocks came against Hobart Hurricanes in the group stages, when she smashed 68 not out off just 29 deliveries, and she took Hobart's bowlers apart once again in The Eliminator, scoring 44 runs off 17 balls.

But it's not just the Hurricanes who have been punished by Harris. Against Adelaide Strikers in November, she smacked 20 runs off seven balls - a haul which proved crucial in a two-run DLS win.

Keeping Harris quiet will be key to Adelaide Strikers' final ambitions.

What's the weather forecast?

Sunny skies are expected over Adelaide on Thursday, with temperatures in the low-20s.

What is the team news?

Georgia Redmayne returned to Brisbane Heat's XI in the eliminator against Hobart Hurricanes after missing a chunk of the group stage through injury.

What are the squads?

Adelaide Strikers: Jemma Barsby, Darcie Brown, Deandra Dottin, Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Maddie Penna, Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Laura Wolvaardt, Ella Wilson, Anesu Mushangwe, Meagan Dixon, Katie Mack

Brisbane Heat: Jess Jonassen, Zoe Cooke (injured, replaced by Lucy Hamilton), Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Ellie Johnston, Amelia Kerr, Charli Knott, Grace Parsons, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll, Pooja Vastrakar (unavailable), Danni Wyatt, Jess Kerr

What are the possible starting XIs?

Adelaide Strikers: Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Tahlia McGrath, Deandra Dottin, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Tegan McPharlin, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown

Brisbane Heat: Georgia Redmayne, Danni Wyatt, Grace Harris, Amelia Kerr, Georgia Voll, Laura Harris, Jess Jonassen, Charli Knott, Nicola Hancock, Courtney Grace Sippel, Jess Kerr

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Laura Wolvaardt is the leading run-scorer for Adelaide Strikers [Mark Evans/Getty Images]

What are the odds?

Coming soon.

What's the prediction?

Head says Adelaide Strikers, heart says Brisbane Heat. On home turf, well-rested and only narrowly beaten by the Heat in their second WBBL08 meeting, Adelaide Strikers will probably edge this one.

Are tickets available?

Standard tickets are available for $10 via Intix.

Where can I watch the game?

Sky Sports holds the UK rights for the WBBL. This game will be shown on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage of the competition resumes on November 18.

In Australia, fans will be able to watch all 59 matches in the WBBL live and free on either the Seven Network or cricket.com.au

A total of 24 games will be televised on free-to-air on Seven and simulcast on Foxtel and Kayo, while the remaining 35 games will be shown on Foxtel and Kayo Sports and also live-streamed for free on cricket.com.au.

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