About the Match
Scorchers are presently at the top of the table with 6 points and will host Brisbane Heat in the upcoming match at Perth on 5th January. Heat is placed second on the table with same number of points, and will try to make a comeback here after their recent defeat to Sixers by 3 wickets. The Scorchers won two consecutive games, defeating Thunder and Renegades in an emphatic way, and they would be eager to continue with their winning momentum here. The contest could be well fought by both teams and whichever side can keep a cool head above its shoulders, will have the edge to move ahead with a win.
Top-order batsmen Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh and Ian Bell are in good nick with the bat, and have been building strong partnerships; their heroics helped the team post a stiff challenge of 177 against Thunder while Klinger’s well-made 72 against Renegades took them to a 4-wicket victory. Others like Shaun Marsh, Ashton Turner and Adam Voges could also contribute well here to build a good foundation whether batting first or while chasing a target.
The bowlers led by a stunning performance by pacemen Andrew Tye and David Willey, who took 3 wickets between them, stifled Thunder batsmen recently and took the team safely to a 50-run win. Turner, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Johnson bring depth to the attack and they have been regularly providing the breakthroughs.
Their victories have showcased their batting as well as bowling strengths, and with the home advantage to their side, Scorchers could prove to be a tough challenge on Thursday.
Joe Burns posted a well-made 51 against the Sixers in the last outing, and with help from Peirson, who scored a superb 44 off 30, they put up a challenging total of 186 batting first. However, the bowlers proved to be too expensive with players like Ben Cutting and Steketee going for more than 12 runs per over, and they ended up on the losing side. Spinners like Samuel Badree and Swepson performed brilliantly by taking 3 wickets between them while other speedsters Buchanan and Wildermuth did well to stifle the opponents; they can combine well to restrict Scorchers here.
The batting line-up also has experts like Brendon McCullum, who posted a stupendous 72 off just 35 deliveries against Hurricanes recently to chase down 174, Chris Lynn, who scored a brilliant 84 off 50 in the same match and youngsters like Alex Ross. They put their skills together to win the match against Hurricanes by 7 wickets with more than 3 overs to spare.
With a well-rounded team of experienced batsmen and bowlers, Brisbane Heat could definitely try to come out with all their firepower to outwit the hosts.
The Scorchers seem to be on fire with their recent victories and will leave no stone unturned to win again here on home turf. While Brisbane Heat also has done well to register two wins till now, we feel that Brisbane Heat with their in-form batting line-up and the home advantage are clear favorites to win on Thursday.