Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat will face off at Manuka Oval (Canberra) on Thursday night in the Big Bash League Challenger 2020/21 (BBL 10). The winner of this match will advance to the final, where he will face defending champions Sydney Sixers to claim that BBL 10 crown.
In the meantime, this will be the third meeting between Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat in this BBL season. In their first two meetings this season, with Perth Scorchers winning by 59 points in Game 1, Brisbane Heat won by 6 points in Game 2.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Challenger: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat – Match Preview
After finishing second in the BBL 10-point table, Perth Scorchers suffered the 9-wicket loss to defending champions Sydney Sixers in qualifying, forcing them to be in the Challenger of this tournament.
Colin Munro is their top scorer in this BBL season having scored 441 points in 14 matches (average 33.92; strike rate 128.94), including four half centuries. Their other fit batsmen are Josh Inglis (391 races in 15 innings; 3 half centuries), Jason Roy (355 races in 12 innings; 2 half centuries), Liam Livingstone (304 races in 12 innings; 2 half centuries) and Mitchell Marsh (255 races in 12 races; 3 half-centuries).
On the other hand, pacer Jhye richardson is the top wicket taker this season with 27 wickets in 15 matches. Additionally, Andrew Tye had 17 wickets in 15 games while Jason Behrendorff bagged 14 wickets in 14 games and Fawad Ahmed scalped 12 wickets in 14 innings. Meanwhile, Liam Livingstone has had 5 wickets in 5 innings while Aaron Hardie has 7 wickets in 14 innings this season.
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Ashton Turner (C), Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancrof, Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Jason Roy, Andrew Tye
Forms of the last 5 matches (oldest to most recent): Won, won, won, lost and lost
Brisbane Heat is currently the in-form side. After finishing fourth in the BBL 10-point table, they won the Eliminator and Knockout stages to reach that Challenger stage.
Captain Chris Lynn scored 436 points in 12 innings (average 36.33; strike rate 156.27), including five half centuries. Additionally, Jimmy Peirson has scored 309 points in 15 innings while Max Bryant, who was not in the XI of play in the last two games, has scored 302 points in 14 innings. Sam Heazlett, who was their hero in their last knockout phase (74 *), also scored 177 points in 8 matches.
Although they have other drummers who have performed inconsistently in this tournament, Marnus Labuschagne was very impressed with his overall performance after joining the team recently due to his international commitment. In addition to scoring 161 points in 5 games, he also won 10 wickets in this tournament.
Mark Steketee has got 24 wickets in 15 matches, but they miss the serve of Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who managed to take 14 wickets in 8 matches. In addition, Jack Wildermuth has pocketed 13 wickets in 12 matches while Xavier Bartlett has taken 12 wickets in 15 matches.
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Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Joe Burns, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (C), Morne Morkel, Lachy Pfeffer, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee , Mitch Swepson and Jack Wildermuth
Forms of the last 5 matches (oldest to most recent): Lost, won, won, won and won
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Challenger: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat – Match Prediction
Brisbane Heat is currently in the best shape as he runs with the four-game winning streak. They also won the last meeting, although it was a close game. However, Perth Scorchers also know very well how to get back into the crucial moment as they have already proven this season.
While the Challenger is another do or die game, there is no favorite at the moment.