Brisbane Heat are through to the BBL Finals after crushing Strikers in Eliminator

BBL 2020-21 Eliminator, BRH vs ADS: With this clinical win over the Strikers, Brisbane Heat to face Sydney Thunder in the Knockout game. While Adelaide Strikers are out of the BBL 10. 

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 29, 2021 18:16 IST
Brisbane Heat are through to the BBL Finals after crushing Strikers in Eliminator
Brisbane Heat are through to the BBL finals

BBL 10 Eliminator BRH vs ADS Highlights: Brisbane Heat won by 6 wickets

ADS - 130/7 (Jake Weatherlald 32; Labuschagne 3/13, Swepson 2/23)

BRH - 131/4 (18.5 overs) (Jimmy Pierson 47*, Denly 41; Siddle 1/14)

Man of the Match - Jimmy Pierson

Chris Lynn's Brisbane Heat vanquishes Adelaide Strikers by 6 wickets in an eliminator played at The Gabba in Brisbane. Chasing a below-par total of 131, the Heat lost three wickets in the powerplay. However, Joe Denly, promoted to the top-order, released the pressure along with Pierson as the pair hit some fierce strokes and played sensible cricket by rotating the strike. Pierson remains unbeaten on run-a-ball 47 and took his side home alongside Burns.

With this emphatic win, Brisbane Heat (BRH) now will face Sydney Thunder in the Knockout game. While Adelaide Strikers are out of the BBL 10. The Strikers dropped three catches though, two easy ones but it was their batting that let them down in today's BBL eliminator. None of their top-order batsmen gets going and they rely on their X-factor subs Jonathan Wells to post a respectable total, which halted them in the end.

Jimmy Pierson said ''Can't wait for the match against Thunder. We got a bit of momentum for us now and we can go there and beat them as we continue on our road to the final.''

Earlier, opted to bat first, Adelaide Strikers have started steadily with both openers Alex Carey and Jake Weatherlald, the experienced hands add a crunchy 45-run stand for the first wicket. But both got out successively, then Strikers lost their wickets at the regular intervals.

Jonathan Wells and Philip Salt chipped in with some handy knocks but they posted only 130 for 7 in 20 overs. Credit goes to BRH bowlers, especially spinners who were right on the money.