About the Match
The Scorchers will host Heat in the 9th match of the ongoing Big Bash League at Perth on 26th December; after losing to Strikers in their opening game, the hosts have yet to score points and are placed in the 6th position whereas Heat is right at the bottom of the table with zero points after losing two matches against Renegades and Hurricanes. This Boxing Day contest will definitely be a crowd-puller as fans will be eager to see their team win and open their points tally as the competition sets to get tougher in the coming days.
Batting first against Strikers, they put up a meagre 151 runs after a solid start by Klinger and Shaun Marsh who put up a terrific 41-run opening stand; Marsh went on to make 47 runs while Adam Voges did well to keep the scoreboard ticking as he added 45 runs. But the rest of the batting line-up succumbed to pressure and they were all out for single digits barring Coulter-Nile, who scored 18 quick fire runs from just 8 balls to take the tally to 151.
The bowlers tried their best to defend the total as Coulter-Nile and Tye notched up a wicket each while Paris and Willey took 2 wickets apiece to stifle the opposition. However, their efforts went in vain as they found no answers for Mahela Jayawardene and Alex Ross, who took the Strikers to a fine win by 4 wickets.
They have a good batting line-up in Klinger, Marsh, Voges, Carberry and Willey in the middle; they need to stay focused at building a strong total which will give their bowlers a little more to fight for.
With a target of 185 runs against Hurricanes, the batting line-up could muster only 164 despite a valiant 41 by Jason Floros and a well-made 41 off 32 by Reardon; opener Peirson had started the chase well as he scored 29 off just 19 balls but couldn’t build a strong foundation. Earlier, the bowlers put up a dismal performance as players like Badree, Fekete and Hopes gave away too many easy runs to the opponents. They will need to be sharper and more disciplined against Scorchers if they want to bounce back with a win here.
In the earlier match against Renegades, the batsmen did extremely well to post 180 runs batting first; Simmons, Lynn, Reardon, Cutting and Hopes combined their skills to keep the scoreboard ticking and put up the massive target, which unfortunately the bowlers failed to defend.
Their bowling attack is not very effective and they will need to pull up their socks and come out with all their firepower if they want to start winning matches and keep their hopes alive.
The Scorchers have a good batting line-up as well as a strong bowling unit but are yet to find success in the series; Heat also is struggling with bowling woes and the batsmen need to perform better under pressure. Although the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that the Scorchers with the home advantage are better placed to win the match on Saturday