Man of the Match: Mitchell Marsh
Host Perth Scorchers face a stern test against in-form Brisbane Heat!
Brisbane Heat to overcome Perth Scorchers in this contest!
Host Perth Scorchers will be looking to deliver a strong show when they face in-form Brisbane Heat in the 32nd game of Big Bash League at Perth Stadium in Perth on Saturday. Perth Scorchers have managed to win three games out of seven players this season. Three-time BBL Champions will need to bring their A-game to the table in this home fixture. In the previous game, Scorchers comfortably brushed aside Renegades, courtesy splendid performances from Jhye Richardson, Liam Livingstone, and wicket-keeper Josh Inglis.
On the other hand, Brisbane Heat has played excellent cricket and managed to win three games on the trot. Bowlers put in a splendid performance to see Brisbane Heat register a comfortable win over Hobart Hurricanes.
Majestic performances from the opening pair of Josh Inglis and Liam Livingston saw Scorchers register a six-wicket win over Renegades in a game played on Tuesday. Chasing 176 runs to win the game, Perth openers Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone got the side off to a flying start and put on 102-run partnership in the first 10 overs of the innings.
Wicket-keeper Josh Inglis found form with the bat and notched up a splendid half-century to see Scorchers dominate the proceedings. He scored 51 runs off 33 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Liam Livingstone, who finished the innings with the top-score of 59 runs off 39 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
A perfect foundation created by the likes of Inglis and Livingstone provided an opportunity to Mitchell Marsh and Cameron Bancroft to play their natural game and kept the scoreboard ticking for Scorchers. Marsh scored 21 runs off 17 balls with the help of one four, whereas Bancroft chipped in with 24 runs off 18 balls with the help of three boundaries. Tim David also produced a brisk cameo of 16 runs to see Scorchers complete the chase in 19th over of the innings.
In the bowling department, Jhye Richardson was the standout bowler for the side in the game played against Melbourne Renegades. He finished with figures of 3 for 22 in his four overs. Chris Jordan and Matthew Kelly conceded a lot of runs and will need to put in an improved performance with the ball against Brisbane Heat.
Mitchell Marsh (c), Chris Jordan, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Jhye Richardson, Josh Inglis (wk), Cameron Green, Tim David
Joel Paris, Chris Jordan, Timothy David, Jhye Richardson, SM Whiteman, Fawad Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, CT Bancroft
The franchise has managed to build nice momentum after winning three games on the bounce in the competition. Captain Chris Lynn will be pleased with his side’s performance in the game played against Hobart Hurricanes. Former South African batsman AB De Villiers and Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman are expected to join the Brisbane Heat and will be available for selection for this game.
Josh Lalor, Zahir Khan, and Ben Laughlin put in tidy bowling performances to restrict Hobart Hurricanes to a below-par score of 126 runs in 20 overs. Left-arm medium-pacer Josh Lalor was the pick of the bowlers and claimed three wickets in the game played against Hurricanes. Zahir Khan and Ben Laughlin also conceded less than six runs an over and claimed two wickets each.
Chasing 127 runs to win, openers Tom Banton and Max Bryant got the side off to a good start and added 34 runs in the first five overs. Tom Banton failed to get a big score for Heat and perished after scoring 17 runs off 17 balls with the help of one four and one six.
Max Bryant also played a crucial inning for the side at the top of the innings. He scored 28 runs off 18 balls with the help of three fours and one six. Captain Chris Lynn, Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw perished in quick succession to see Heat lose the momentum in their innings. Chris Lynn has led from the front with the bat for Heat this season and is currently Heat’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 251 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 161.93. With Heat precariously placed at 71 for 5, wicket-keeper Jimmy Peirson and all-rounder Ben Cutting put on an unbeaten 60-run partnership to steer the side to a comfortable win.
Ben Cutting was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 43 not out off 29 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Peirson, who chipped in with unbeaten 23 runs off 25 balls with the help of two boundaries.
Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan
Ben Cutting, James Pattinson, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin, Matt Renshaw, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns , Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson, Max Bryant, Tom Banton
The wicket at Perth is expected to be full of runs for the batsmen. The spinners might get some turn off the pitch. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is expected to have heavy rains with strong winds.
Perth Stadium is going to host the 32nd game of Big Bash League between Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat. Brisbane will take heart from the fact that they won a game against Perth Scorchers played at Perth Stadium.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, Scorchers registered a comprehensive win over Heat at Carrara Oval in Queensland.
With rain expected for the game, the side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. All three games played at this venue have been won by sides batting first.
Brisbane Heat will start as favorites to win their game against Perth Scorchers. With the likes of Chris Lynn consistently delivering runs with the bat and bowlers producing splendid performances in the last three matches, Brisbane Heat will be determined to maintain their winning streak in the competition.
Brisbane Heat to overcome Perth Scorchers in this contest!