A scorching red-heat battle on the New Year's dawn!
Brisbane Heat to win this match!
Happy New Year Folks!!!
Perth Scorchers take on Brisbane Heat in the first BBL match of the year 2020 on the new year`s eve. Both teams will hope new dawn will give new hope and change in their fortunes so far.
Hosts Brisbane Heat won their last match against Sydney Sixers by 48 runs to register their maiden victory. They will be delighted with their clinical win and look to continue their good performance in this match too. Perth Scorchers are riding on two losses on a trot and will look to win this match and put an end to their jinx on the new year eve. This match promises to be a cracking contest between two star-studded teams.
Brisbane Heat ended their two-match losing streak by securing their first points this season. Skipper Chris Lynn was at his brutal best smashing 94 runs off just 35 balls with 11 sixes. Matt Renshaw played a crucial hand with his 60 off 39 balls to take their team total past 200 runs.
Tom Banton may return to the playing XI after missing out due to flu last night.
Mitchell Swepson and Zakir Khan spun a web around the opposition batting with their combined figures of 8-0-51-3. Swepson may miss this encounter owing his national commitments. Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, and Matt Renshaw chipped in with a wicket each and kept the opposition in check throughout the innings.
Chris Lynn - LYNN-SANITY smoked the opponents out of the match with his 94 runs the last match. Chris Lynn will hope he can continue his brutal hitting in this match too and help his post another mammoth total on board.
Zakir Khan - Zakir Khan will be their premier spinner in the absence of Michael Swepson and will need to take wickets consistently in the middle overs. He has taken 2 wickets so far at an economy of less than 7 RPO so far in this season.
Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (c), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Tom Banton, Zahir Khan, Max Bryant, Jack Prestwidge/Mark Stekelee
Ben Cutting, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin, Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw, Chris Lynn, Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee, Jimmy Peirson, Max Bryant, Tom Banton
Perth Scorchers suffered back-to-back defeats against Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers in their last two encounters.
Scorchers were reeling at 34/5 at the end of powerplay last match chasing 175 runs. They were not able to recover and were bowled out for just 126 runs with Ashton Turner (28 runs) & No. 10 Mathew Kelly (23 runs) only crossing 20 run mark. Josh Inglis, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Marsh, and Cameron Bancroft all have scored 50+ scores this season in previous matches.
Bowling has been their biggest worry this season and they have given runs over 170 runs in the last three matches in a row. Chris Jordan bowled a good spell of 3/29 against Sixers taking wickets at regular intervals. Fawad Ahmed and Jhye Richardson came up good economical spells and a wicket apiece to their name. Mathew Kelly and spinner Ashton Agar were too expensive giving runs at 12.5 RPO & 9 RPO respectively in the last match.
Liam Livingstone - Livingstone is an aggressive top-order batsman who can take the match away from the opposition single-handedly on his day. He has scored 100 runs this season at a strike rate of 190 so far.
Chris Jordan - Jordan has 7 wickets in 4 matches at an economy of nearly 8 RPO. His spells read as 2/13, 2/30, 0/48, & 3/29 in the four matches.
Mitchell Marsh (c), Chris Jordan, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Kelly/Joel Paris, Liam Livingstone, Jhye Richardson, Josh Inglis (wk), Cameron Green
AJ Turner, Matthew Kelly, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, CT Bancroft
Queensland is expected to have a bright and sunny climate on the match day. We expect no weather interruptions in the match.
Queensland pitch has a good balance between the bat and the ball with the average scores in the range of 160-170 runs this season.
Teams winning the toss has elected to field first and lost the match here in the two matches played this season. Teams will be looking to chase down the score in his match too.
Brisbane Heat has a better batting unit when compared to Perth Scorchers as their batsmen are very inconsistent so far. Brisbane Heat pips Perth Scorcher by miles in terms of bowling as Perth scorchers have given runs at over 9 RPO in all their matches.
Brisbane Heat to win this match!