Perth Scorchers will face off against the Brisbane Heat in the Challenger of the Big Bash League 2020-21. This will be another big match in the business end of the BBL season. It will be yet another tough battle between two teams eager to win this match. Some great cricket could be on display in this fixture.
Call it a bell curve for Perth Scorchers started the tournament with two losses and after winning big, have encountered two defeats the previous two fixtures. They could not play a good cricket match at that point. It was very well Brisbane Heat who humbled the Scorchers, who seemed to ride on a winning streak. Riding on some serious hitting by the likes of Colin Munro, Inglis and Jason Roy at the top and the bowling wonders of Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, the team looks like a winner. At the end of the round robin stage, Perth Scorchers are placed at the second spot in the points table with eight wins, five losses and 32 points from their 14 matches.
Jhye Richardson has been leading the bowling charts this season as Colin Munro has maintained his place in the top run-scorers’ table. With Jason Roy joining hands, Munro, Livingston, Inglis and Mitchell Marsh make a dangerous batting side.
A season full of ups and downs for Brisbane Heat finally sees them one step away from the finals as they take on Thunder on Sunday. They produced a decent performance against Adelaide to make it three wins in succession and then powered by Sam Heazlett’s second BBL half century, they knocked off Sydney Thunder. They would bank on their recent touch and having played against Thunder at Manuka Oval only on Sunday, Chris Lynn and company would get into the game with confidence. One factor that has been continuously working for them is the spin attack. Marnus Labuschagne and Swepson have damaged opponent line-ups too many times to now call it a fluke. However, the top order desperately needs to click.
Perth Scorchers and the Brisbane Heat have faced each other 14 times. The Heat have won seven matches, the Scorchers have won seven matches.
While Brisbane toppled Perth only days ago, the venue has changed and a batting line-up like the Scorchers’, Manuka Oval is merely a gift. The ground did witness Ben Cutting smack four sixes in the death overs last game, well Perth Scorchers have Marsh, Munro, Livingston and Jason Roy – all of them holding the ability to take the score past 180. However, with Labuschagne and Swepson spinning their way in, Marsh and company will have to watch the turn carefully. Perth also have a bowling side – Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson– that can cause severe damage.
Date and Time:
February 4, 2021 (Thursday)
Manuka Oval, Canberra
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