About the Match
Brisbane Heat defeated Melbourne Stars by 9 wickets to move up to the 4th place; they have 6 points now and will take on Perth Scorchers, who are standing in the 1st position with 8 points, on 5th January at Brisbane. The Scorchers won against Sydney Sixers by 6 wickets recently and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum. Brisbane Heat has the home advantage here and they will fight hard to climb up the ladder; it could be a tough fight between the two teams, and whichever team overcomes the challenges with a cool head above it shoulders will be better placed to emerge victorious on Friday.
Chasing 142 against Melbourne Stars, top-order batsmen Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum scored 60+ runs each to steer the team across the finish line well in time. With the ball, spinner Mitchell Swepson claimed 3-14 in 4 overs, causing the collapse of the Stars top-order. Yasir Shah adds depth to the attack and he took one wicket; speedsters Ben Cutting and Mark Steketee also took a wicket each to restrict the opponents to 141.
They chased down 150-run target successfully against Sydney Thunder in a rain-affected match that saw both teams bat for 17 overs; while Jimmy Pierson and Joe Burns posted 40+ runs each, Chris Lynn and Alex Ross contributed with 20+ runs each to cross the finish line. Earlier, spinner Shadab Khan and pacer Josh Lalor took 2 wickets each to stifle the Thunder batsmen to 149 in 17 overs. They are in good form to come out with all their firepower with bat and ball again.
After the losses against Strikers and Renegades, Brisbane Heat made a comeback with a win against Stars and they could leverage the home advantage here to win the match on Friday.
They successfully chased down 168 runs against Sydney Sixers recently thanks to a powerful 83 by Michael Klinger; Ashton Turner also pitched in with 45 runs and they crossed the target with 5 balls to spare. Earlier, David Willey and Andrew Tye took 3 wickets between them using their pace skills while spinner James Muirhead dismissed one opponent to restrict the Sixers to 167. The bowling attack has experienced players like Mitchell Johnson, Willey, and Andrew Tye; spinners Adam Voges and James Muirhead bring variety to the squad.
Against Renegades, the speedsters were on fire as Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Tye took 3 wickets each while Ashton Agar, David Willey, and Jhye Richardson dismissed one opponent each to restrict them to 130. Michael Klinger and David Willey scored 30+ runs each while captain Adam Voges contributed with 24 off 18 to help them win the match by 3 wickets.
The Scorchers haven’t lost a match so far, and have proven to be a formidable force to reckon with; they could come out all guns blazing on Friday to keep their winning run going.
Although Perth Scorchers are the in-form team and are at the first position as far as the points table is concerned, Brisbane Heat after their recent performance could give a tough fight here, and we feel that Brisbane Heat who are playing at their own backyard will prevail here with their power-packed batting lineup.