Our prediction is win for Brisbane Heat!
Both teams are out of contention for qualifiers and would love play spoilsport in other team's chances. These teams would love to avoid the last spot in the table. Brisbane Heat have lost all their matches after the light fiasco in the Gabba. Despite the bright start, their top order combination of McCullum, Chris Lynn and Max Bryant have faltered in last 3-4 matches. Alex Ross and Jimmy Pierson made fifties to take the team to a respectable score. Bowlers Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett and Ben Cutting have taken wickets but are guilty of leaking runs. Afghani spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been the lone solace in the bowling department.
Perth Scorchers take the last place in the points table for the most of the tournament so far. They suffered a morale crushing defeat by bundling out for 79 runs last match. Ashton Turner had a good tournament scoring some vital runs for the tournament. Shaun Marsh and Cameron Bancroft has supported the team's cause with the bat. Rest of batting order has not made enough runs with the bat. Jason Behrendoff, Nathan CounterNile and Andrew Tye has not performed to their potential and lacking the penetration in the bowling department. Usman Qadir and Chris Green form the spin duo for the team.
Chris Lynn – Lynn has a lone fifty plus score in the last six matches and has very contribution to team`s total. He will look to improve his form and make some vital runs with the bat.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman – Mujeeb has bowled very economically by leaving runs at an economy rate of 6.2 RPO. But he lacks wickets under his name and would like to add a few to his name this match.
Stats from League:
Chris Lynn – 329 runs at strike rate 125 (HS -84, 50s-3)
Josh Lalor – 11 wickets at an economy of 7.4 RPO (BB – 5/26)
Chris Lynn(C), Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Jimmy Pierson, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman Matt Renshaw may miss out due to national commitments and Jack Prestwidge is expected to replace him in the playing XI.
Ashton Turner – After a good start to the league, he has now scored single digit scores in last three matches. He would like to turn the tables quickly and regain his lost touch with the bat.
Usman Qadir – Leg spinner Qadir has been expensive in last couple of matches and more failure he might be dropped from the playing XI.
Stats from the league:
Ashton Turner – 307 runs at strike rate 129 (HS - 60*, 50s-2)
Andrew Tye - 14 wickets at an economy of 7.9 RPO (BB- 4/18)
Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh (c), Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Usman Qadir, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Tye, Nick Hobson Despite the loss, they are expected to go in with the same playing XI.
The match is scheduled to start at local time 7.40 PM local time. Gabba pitch has been on the slower side this season favoring the slow bowlers. Brisbane Ground has to prove its worth after an ugly power cut fiasco last match. Average score is around 150-170 runs.
Teams batting second have won two matches here and the targets have been around the 140-150 mark. Any score above 170 runs is tough to chase. Both teams will look to chase the opposition's score.