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Scorchers’ bid to end league stage on a perfect note
Perth Scorchers to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Perth Scorchers would look to end the league campaign in the Big Bash League 2021-22 on a perfect note as they take on the Brisbane Heat in the 53rd game of the season. Scorchers had a bad day in the last game losing against the Adelaide Strikers while the Brisbane Heat also come here with a massive loss against the Melbourne Stars.
The Perth Scorchers have been the most consistent side in the season winning 10 games and topping the points table. In contrast, the Brisbane Heat have had an ordinary season winning just three games. They are out of contention for the next round and it remains to be seen if they can surprise the Scorchers here.
Chris Lynn’s side has had an ordinary season and it was well summarized in their last game against the Melbourne Stars. After a positive start, they fell at least 30 runs short of a good total to lose the game by 8 wickets. Lynn would expect face-saving performances in the remaining games, and this would be a tough contest against the table-toppers Perth Scorchers.
Nathan McSweeney and Lynn gave the best start in the season in the previous game and they would look for a good show here. Ben Duckett has been one of their best batsmen and he would have to add runs in the middle order with Sam Heazlett and Lachlan Pfeffer. Jimmy Peirson, James Bazley, and Michael Neser must come up with their contributions for the side to win this game.
Michael Neser and Mark Steketee didn’t impress on their return to the side in the last game and they would need to bowl better lines here. The rest of their bowling attack has also been in poor shape and the side would expect tight spells in this game from Bazley, Matthew Kuhnemann, and Swepson here.
Chris Lynn (c), Nathan McSweeney, Lachlan Pfeffer (wk), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson, Michael Neser, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson
Ashton Turner’s side went down against the Adelaide Strikers in the last game losing by 6 wickets, a rare batting failure for the side. The side tops the points table and has had most of its players in great form since the start of the season. As they end their campaign in league games Turner would look to pick up momentum here and win it for the side.
Kurtis Patterson and Nick Hobson would aim at a good start after missing out in the last game. The middle-order has won them games and the side would look for runs from the bats of Laurie Evans, Turner, and Aaron Hardie. Chris Sabburg and Andrew Tye are good hitters of the ball, and they can add quick runs down the order.
Jason Behrendorff and David Moody leaked runs in the last game, and they would be expected to strike early in this game. Andrew Tye and Peter Hatzoglou were impressive with their good spells in the last game and the same would be needed from them. In Lance Morris, Hardie, and Turner the side has depth in its bowling attack.
Ashton Turner (c), Kurtis Patterson, Nick Hobson, Laurie Evans, Aaron Hardie, Chris Sabburg (wk), Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou, David Moody, Lance Morris
It would be clear skies over Melbourne on January 17, and the surface is expected to be flat here where batsmen would have a good time. Bowlers shall have to bowl within their limits to do well on this ground. The side batting first in the game shall aim at a score of more than 170 runs.
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne is a good venue for this format of the game and big scoring games have been played here in the past. The ball comes onto the bat nicely on this track and allows batsmen to play their strokes. Bowlers have a small margin for error and they have to be on the line to trouble batsmen.
Docklands Stadium has had one of the best surfaces this season and we have seen sides do well batting first here. Chasing scores can be difficult as the wicket slows down in the second half of the game. The side winning the toss in this game would have little hesitation in batting first.
Brisbane Heat have lacked consistency this season. The side would be down on confidence and would need to play out of their skins to win this game against the table-toppers. The Perth Scorchers have led a good campaign where most players have been at their best and they would look to continue the same way here and end the league games on a positive note. The side would start outright favorites to win here.
Perth Scorchers to win
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