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BBL Challenger: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat Preview
- Perth Scorchers will host Brisbane Heat in 'The Challengers' of BBL 10
- This match will be played at the Manuka Oval on Thursday with the winner going on to face Sydney Sixers in the final
- Perth Scorchers have hit the most 6s of the match in 9 of their last 11 matches
- Perth Scorchers have lost all 3 matches they played at this venue in this campaign
- Chris Lynn has scored 6 fifties vs Perth Scorches in 14 matches
Who will make it to the final of BBL10 - the Scorchers or the Heat? (Getty Images)
Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat will look to make it to the final of the Big Bash League 2020-21 season when the teams meet at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. This Challenger match will be played on Thursday with the winner getting a chance to play Sydney Sixers in the grand finale.
Three-time champions Perth Scorchers haven’t reached the final since BBL06, while the Heat are looking to make it to the final for the first time since BBL02 when they won their only Big Bash title.
Perth Scorchers Form
After a bright run of 8 wins in 9 matches booked their place in the finals, the Scorchers have taken the foot off the pedal. Not only did they lose their final league game to the Heat, but the Scorchers also went on to lose the qualifier to the Sixers.
The Scorchers will be desperate for their Kiwi import Colin Munro (441 runs) to come good with the bat. Experienced Mitchell Marsh (255) and the innovative Josh Inglis (391) are the other standouts. The bowling, as usual, will depend on how Jhye Richardson (27 wickets) will lead the Scorchers.
Perth Scorchers News
The Scorchers have no injury concerns ahead of this match.
Brisbane Heat Form
The Heat have their last four matches including two in the knockouts. They defeated the Strikers by six wickets in the eliminator before overcoming the Thunder by seven wickets in the Knockout.
Captain Chris Lynn (436 runs, SR 156.27) will hope that his recent upswing in form will help his side pull out another knockout win. Jimmy Peirson’s calm demeanour (309 runs) has helped the side in difficult situations. Marnus Labuschagne has been their best bowler in three of the five matches he played underlining his value to the team.
Brisbane Heat News
The Heat are expected to retain the same squad.
Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat Head-to-Head
The Scorchers hold a narrow 8-7 advantage in H2Hs, with the sides sharing the spoils in the two matches this season. The Scorchers won the first match at the Marvel Stadium by 59 runs with Colin Munro (82) and Fawad Ahmed (3/25) leading the Scorchers. The reverse fixture was won by the Heat by three wickets with Lynn (51) and Labuschagne (3/35) doing the trick.
Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat Match Up
The Scorchers have enjoyed bowling brilliance throughout the tournament and will hope to stifle the Heat’s top-order. It could be a battle of the top-orders as Munro, Livingstone, Roy from the Scorchers' stable will look to edge their Heat counterparts Lynn, Bryant, and Labuschagne.
Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat Stats
- Perth Scorchers have hit the most 6s of the match in 9 of their last 11 matches.
- Perth Scorchers have scored more in the Powerplay than Brisbane Heat in 4 of the last 5 H2Hs.
- Perth Scorchers have lost all 3 matches played at this venue this campaign, batting first each time.
- Brisbane Heat have won their last 2 matches played at this venue.
- Brisbane Heat’s Chris Lynn is the only player to score 500+ runs vs Perth Scorchers and has 6 fifties in 14 matches.
If momentum is a thing, then Brisbane Heat have it in abundance thanks to winning four matches in a row. They have wriggled out of tough situations too, giving them a lot of confidence for this crucial game. Perth Scorchers need to come out of their recent losing slump and have to do it at a venue they haven’t won this campaign. This could be an interesting battle that looks to be decided by the top-orders.