The defending champions Brisbane Heat may have stumbled in their last game against Sydney Thunder but they are looking in a good state at the moment!
Brisbane Heat to win this game!
|Adelaide Strikers Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||0.5|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||0.476|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||-0.356|
|Sydney Sixers Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||-0.392|
|Brisbane Heat Women||2||1||1||0||0||2||2.055|
|Sydney Thunder Women||2||1||1||0||0||2||-0.928|
|Perth Scorchers Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-0.339|
|Melbourne Stars Women||3||0||3||0||0||0||-0.897|
It is a massive Saturday and all eight teams will be in action. Defending champions Brisbane Heat will take on Perth Scorchers in the second fixture of the day at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
While Brisbane Heat has played two games, Perth Scorchers were the last team to start this season.
The Heat started with a resounding win over the Sixers. The batters first put up a good total on the board before the bowlers came to the fore and wrapped up things convincingly. Hence, that win by 92 runs has boosted their net run rate massively. Despite their seven-wicket loss to the Thunder, Heat has a net run rate of +2.055. In their loss against the Thunder, they had them at 56/3 (target 151) but couldn’t build on that and loss with seven balls to spare.
On the other hand, Perth Scorchers are one of the only two teams without a win so far. However, they have played just one game in this tournament. They suffered a narrow loss against the Melbourne Renegades. After being put in to bat they scored just 132 despite losing only five wickets. The middle-order couldn’t build on the start. They could score just 34 runs in the last five overs. However, they fought hard with the ball but 132 was always going to be tough to defend
In the two games so far, different batters have contributed to different games for the Brisbane Heat. While Beth Mooney has done well in both the games, the likes of Grace Harris and Jess Jonassen have chipped in nicely and have supported Mooney pretty well. However, skipper Kirby Short and Maddy Green have got their eye in for two games in a row but haven’t been able to make it count and go big towards the end.
Amelia Kerr and Harris have been excellent with the ball, not only picking up wickets, but they have also stemmed the flow of runs. In fact, apart from picking three wickets apiece in this tournament, they have an economy of 4.57 and 6.00 respectively. The likes of Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince have contributed decently as well.
Hence, the Heat seems to have a pretty strong side and will be looking to build some nice momentum as the tournament progresses.
Beth Mooney (wk), Kirby Short (c), Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Maddy Green, Mikayla Hinkley, Laura Harris, Amelia Kerr, Delissa Kimmince, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Georgia Prestwidge
|S Jo Johnson||3.5||0||34||1||8.87|
|S Jo Johnson||3.5||0||34||1||8.87|
Grace Harris, Beth Mooney, Mikayla Hinkley, Kirby Short, Jess Jonassen, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Sammy Jo Johnson, Laura Harris, Georgia Prestwidge, Delissa Kimmince
Perth Scorchers boasts of a very good top order. In fact, they have one of the most solid top threes in this competition. Skipper Meg Lanning, Amy Ellen Jones, Natalie Sciver and Nicole Bolton form the top four. They have the ability to bat big and also score at a good pace. Moreover, they are proven performers as well.
Lanning did fail in the first game but it was Jones and Sciver who steadied the ship and built a solid platform. Jones scored 44 while Sciver struck an unbeaten half-century and batted through the innings. However, the England star couldn’t up the ante as well as she would’ve liked towards the end. Bolton struggled to do the same as well. Hence, Perth would like to improve their batting at the death.
With the ball, surprisingly, last season’s leading wicket-taker Heather Graham went wicketless and hence, will be looking to bounce back strongly. Piepa Cleary and Jemma Barsby were the chief wicket-takers in the first game for the Scorchers.
Meg Lanning (c), Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Chloe Piparo, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver, Piepa Cleary, Georgia Redmayne, Nicole Bolton, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Emma King
|A Ellen Jones||44||37||2||2||118.92|
Meg Lanning, Piepa Cleary, Emma King, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Amy Ellen Jones, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver, Kim Garth, Jemma Barsby
With this being an afternoon start, the temperatures will be at its peak during the game. It will be sunny throughout with temperatures in the high 20s. The humidity is also expected to increase throughout the day. This will be the second game of the day at this venue. Hence, it will be a used pitch. However, it should continue to remain a good one to bat on.
The Allan Border Field in Brisbane is a regular venue in the Australian domestic cricketing circuit. It hosted a few Marsh Cup games earlier this season and now is set to four games inside two days. This Brisbane-Perth game will be the second of the day. Earlier this year, it hosted a T20I between Australia Women’s and New Zealand Women’s which the former won with relative ease.
With this being the second game of the day, teams might opt to bat first. Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes will play a game before on the same pitch and hence, that might incline the team winning the toss to bat first and make first use of the pitch.