About the Match
Brisbane Heat is at the top of the table with 8 points after defeating the Scorchers by 9 wickets recently; they will take on Scorchers yet again in a home game on 11th January at the Brisbane cricket ground and try to repeat their match-winning performance. The Scorchers are placed in the third position with 6 points after their win against Thunder by 50 runs, and they will be eager to avenge their previous defeat against Heat. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges on the field and emerge victorious on Wednesday.
Chasing 174 runs against Scorchers, the top-order batsmen came out all guns blazing to give a solid start; Chris Lynn posted a heroic 98 off 49 balls to steer the team across the finish line with ease while Brendon McCullum supported well at the other end, scoring a well-made 50. The duo’s antics took them to a massive win by 9 wickets with more than 5 overs to spare. Earlier, spinner Swepson took 2-27 to keep a check on the opposition while pacers Buchanan, Steketee and Wildermuth took regular wickets and restricted the Scorchers to 173.
The batting line-up has in-form batsmen like Peirson, who scored a superb 44 off 30 against Sixers in the previous game, Joe Burns who posted a well-made half-century in the same match, Ben Cutting and Brendon McCullum among others. They had combined well to post a challenging total of 186 batting first against the Sixers; however, the bowlers failed to put up a disciplined attack and they gave away too many runs that led to their defeat by 3 wickets.
They have experienced spinners like Samuel Badree and Swepson, who can bring in their clever variations to outwit the Scorchers again; speedsters Cutting, Buchanan, Wildermuth and Steketee could try to demolish the opposition with their fast-bowling tactics. Overall, they have emerged as a strong side that can give the other teams a run for their money this season.
The Marsh brothers took charge while batting first against Heat in the last outing; while Shaun scored a run-a-ball 32, Mitchell posted a brilliant 70 off 41 that took the total to 173 runs. However, others like Michael Klinger, Ian Bell, Turner and Whiteman couldn’t build steady partnerships, and the bowlers failed to defend the modest total in the end after a horrific show by the pacemen.
Against Sydney Thunder however, the top-order did well to build a target if 177 batting first; Klinger, Bell and Mitchell Marsh played useful knocks and then the bowlers did a stupendous job at stifling the opponents and winning the match by 50 runs. David Willey was most effective with 2-21 while Andrew Tye and Richardson put up disciplined spells and also took a wicket each. Others like Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson and spinner Ashton Turner also provided quick breakthroughs taking one scalp each, and they add depth to the bowling attack.
The Scorchers can use their resources to avenge their previous defeat against Heat provided they strategize well against hard-hitters like Lynn, McCullum and Peirson at the top. They have a deadly pace combination with experienced players as well as young talent, which could give them the edge to win here.
The hosts have previously defeated Scorchers and will have the psychological advantage here but we feel that Scorchers with their strong pace skills are better placed to outwit the opposition and win on Wednesday.