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Toss Winner - Perth Scorchers won the toss and chose to bat first
Perth Scorchers beat Brisbane Heat by 7 runs
Perth Scorchers to start BBL campaign against Brisbane Heat!
We predict that Perth Scorchers will defeat Brisbane Heat.
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
Three times Big Bash winner Perth Scorchers are set to host Brisbane Heat at Perth Stadium. The fifth game of the BBL 2021 is scheduled to take place on 8th December from 4:05 PM. This will be the start of the campaign for the Scorchers while Brisbane Heat have lost their first game by 7 wickets to the Sydney Thunder. Perth Scorchers finished at the second position in the points table last season with 32 points. They lost to Sydney Sixers in Qualifier by 9 wickets but succeeded to qualify for the finals after beating Brisbane Heat in semis by 49 runs (DLS method). They suffered heartbreak in the final against the Sydney Sixers. Opener Liam Livingstone’s 45 of 35 balls and Aaron Hardie’s 26 runs of 13 balls went in vain as The Sixers beat them by 27 runs in the finals.
Brisbane Heat started their campaign this season against Sydney Thunder after crashing out in the qualifiers last season. Batting first Brisbane Heat set a target of 141 runs after top-order contributions from Ben Duckett (46 runs) and Sam Heazlett (42 runs). Xavier Bartlett and Liam Guthrie restricted Thunder on 32 for the loss of 3 wickets. But calculated innings from Sam Billings (45*) and Alex Ross (61*) were enough for Thunder to hand over a loss to Brisbane Heat.
Both teams clashed with each other in the second qualifier of the last season. Batting first, Scorchers set a target of 190 runs. Liam Livingstone was the man of the match with his 77 runs off 39 balls. In the rain-affected game, Heat failed short of 49 runs by DL Method. Aaron Hardie took 3 for 46 while Jason Beherendorff, Andrew Tye, and Fawad Ahmed took 2 wickets each for the Scorchers. In 16 games played between these two, Scorchers have 9 victories. In recent games, Scorchers have 4 wins in 5 games against Brisbane Heat. Scorchers are bookies’ favourites against Brisbane Heat.
Ashton Turner will lead the Scorchers’ side with Adam Voges as the head coach. Scorchers have four T20 World Cup winners in their squad - Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Josh Inglis, and Jhye Richardson. But they are set to miss all four for the first game. Jhye Richardson has been called up in the Australia Squad for the Ashes whereas Marsh, Agar, and Inglis have been added to the roster of Australia A. Looks like Kurtis Pattinson will share batting responsibilities with Cameron Bancroft and Colin Munro. Munro finished as the leading run-scorer for Scorchers last season with 443 runs with 4 half-centuries in 15 innings. Scorchers are going to miss their openers Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy this season.
Deputy Andrew Tye will lead the bowling department with predominantly inexperienced bowlers Aaron Hardie, Matthew Kelly, and Lance Morris. David Moody is set to replace Jhye Richardson. Scorchers hit a hurdle after losing Bydon Carse due to his knee injury. Scorchers have signed England international Tymal Mills to fill in the shoes of Carse. Peter Hatzoglou is another new addition to the Scorchers roster. Melbourne Renegades’ leading wicket-taker of last season will add a spinning option for Scorchers.
Key Players: Colin Munro, Peter Hatzoglou, Aaron Hardie.
Cameron Bancroft (wk), Colin Munro, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner, Kurtis Patterson, Aaron Hardie, Matthew Kelly, Lance Morris, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou
Ashton Turner, Matthew Kelly, Peter Hatzoglou, Colin Munro, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Laurie Evans, Ashton Agar, Aaron Hardie, Cameron Bancroft, Kurtis Patterson
Brisbane Heat couldn’t recover in the first game after losing Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns to the Test squad. Wicket-keeper captain Jimmy Person’s side failed to produce a dominating display against Sydney Thunder in their first game. Coach Darren Lehmann will be expecting a consistent as well as an accountable performance from the openers Chris Lynn and Max Bryant. Ben Duckett (46 runs) and Sam Heazlett (42 runs) will keep their places in the top-order.
Jack Wildermuth failed in his role as an all-rounder. He scored just a run and then went for 23 runs in his spell of 2 overs. With very few options to change, Wildermuth will retain his place in the team but has to work on his finishing skills. The recovery of Mujeeb ur Rahman has added a sigh of relief to the Heat camp. Xavier Bartlett who picked 1 for 21 and Liam Guthrie (2 wickets for 32) will lead the pace unit for Brisbane Heat.
Key Players: Chris Lynn, Ben Duckett, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Jack Wildermuth, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Guthrie
Liam Guthrie, Cameron Gannon, TLW Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ben Duckett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn
The weather will be clear and windy on the match day. The temperature will range between 39°C and 25°C with winds blowing at 25kmph to 40kmph. The pitch favors both batters and bowlers equally. A close contest can be seen between Scorchers and Heat.
The match will be played at the Perth Stadium. The Optus Stadium has a capacity to accommodate 61,266 spectators and has hosted 2 ODIs, 1 T20I, and 20 domestic T20s so far.
Out of the 20 domestic T20s, the team batting first has won 12 times. Forget about the venue! In the last five games between these two, all the outcomes have favored the team batting first. Therefore the team winning the toss should bat first.
Perth Scorchers have a rich history in the BBL. They have won the silverware thrice and have finished runners-up for the same number of times. In the last five games, they have rattled the Brisbane Heat on four occasions. On paper, Perth Scorchers look stronger than Brisbane Heat.
We predict that Perth Scorchers will defeat Brisbane Heat.
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