Date: December 08, 2021
Time: 4:05 PM IST
Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth
In the 5th game of the Big Bash League, Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat lock horns in the doubleheader on Wednesday. Brisbane Heat lost their first match of the season to Sydney Thunder by 7 wickets. Meanwhile, Perth Scorchers will open their campaign with this game.
This will be the first match of the tournament to be played at this stadium. The pitch is expected to favour the batters slightly but the ground has big boundaries. So, six-hitting will be a difficult task for the batsmen. If the batters can settle in and build their innings steadily, they can go on to play a big innings. Spinners and pacers both are expected to get some assistance from the pitch.
The Perth Scorchers have named their 13-player squad for their season opener against Brisbane Heat. They have included batters Colin Munro and Laurie Evans in the overseas department. However, Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis are unavailable for selection as they will be featuring in Australia A’s one-off unofficial Test versus England Lions. Meantime, English pacer Tymal Mills will also be unavailable.
Heat scored 140/8 in the allotted 20 overs after being put in to bat first by Thunder. Only Sam Heazlett and Ben Duckett crossed the 10-run mark amongst their top order batsmen. However, Sydney Thunder chased the below-par target with three overs to spare. Having got off to a poor start, the Heat will be eager to bounce back here.
Perth Scorchers: Turner (c), Agar, Bancroft, Behrendorff, Evans, Hardie, Hatzoglou, Hobson, Moody, Munro, Kelly, Patterson, Tye
Brisbane Heat: Peirson (c), Bartlett, Bazley, Bryant, Cooper, Duckett, Gannon, Guthrie, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Lynn, McSweeney, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wildermuth
Conclusion: Perth Scorchers look the stronger team on paper due to the presence of big-hitters like Ashton Turner, Evans, Munro and Tye in their squad. Their bowling department also looks strong with Patterson, Tye and Behrendorff. But Heat will be eager to put in a good performance here having lost their first game to Sydney Thunder.
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