Strikers set Heat 131 in BBL eliminator | Ralph Lauren

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Sluggish Adelaide have set Brisbane just 131 in their knockout Big Bash League final at the Gabba.

Ben Laughlin took a brilliant one-handed outfield catch while legspinners Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Swepson combined to take five wickets as the Strikers battled to find any momentum.

Fresh off blasting 101 off just 62 balls a week ago, Adelaide star Alex Carey was in slow motion at the top of the order.

He had just nine off 19 balls at one stage, eventually falling for 13 off 22 as the visitors crawled to 1-53 after 10 overs.

Their slow start forced a risky X-factor substitute from coach Jason Gillespie, who brought in batsman Jonathan Wells at the expense of unused strike bowler Daniel Worrall.

Things didn’t improve though with Jake Weatherald (32 off 28) run out two balls after the break before captain Travis Head (12 off 21) struggled to fire.

Swepson (2-23 from four overs) and Labuschagne (3-13 off three) were again effective.

Matthew Renshaw holed out to gift Swepson his second wicket after the former Heat batsman was theatrically booed onto the ground.

Labuschagne has taken nine wickets in four BBL games since returning from Test duty and has Laughlin to thank for his most recent.

The veteran bowler sprinted 25 metres around the boundary before launching himself to pluck a one-handed catch while horizontal to reduce Adelaide to 6-110 after 18 overs.

Wells did his best to make a difference, finishing unbeaten on 20 off 13 while Laughlin went for just 23 from his four overs.

The winner of this game still needs to triumph in three more must-win games to claim the title.

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