Date: February 4, 2023
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth
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The ongoing Big Bash League has reached its most important match of the edition. Defending champions Perth Scorchers will take on Brisbane Heat in the summit clash of the ongoing Big Bash League. Scorchers were the first team to book a berth in the finals by beating Sydney Sixers, meanwhile, Brisbane Heat defeated Sydney Sixers in the Challengers and Melbourne Renegades in the Knockouts to advance into the big-stage game.
Heat must be high on confidence as they have made a remarkable turnaround in the second half of the competition. The ultimate clash between Scorchers vs Heat, in the finals, will surely be a mouthwatering clash and considering the anticipation for the most important match of the tournament, we will list out several aspects to understand which team has a better chance to become the ultimate BBL Champion.
The surface at Perth Stadium offers a lot of bounce and is regarded as one of the toughest pitches to bat. The pacers will be able to move the ball well. The boundaries are not that big at this ground, and if the batters can get set, they will be able to play their shots too. In 8 games played here, six have been won by the chasing teams. The average 1st innings score in BBL 2023 has been 156 runs.
Ashton Turner-led Perth Scorchers have had a tremendous time in the tournament as they finished at the top of the table in the league stage with 22 points and a net run rate of +1.205. They are currently on a four-match winning streak and haven't looked out of sorts at any stage. After their dominant show in the league stage, Scorchers defeated Moises Henriques’ Sydney Sixers by seven wickets in the Qualifier to book their berth in the final. With four BBL titles already in their name, the Scorchers know well how to win big-stage games.
Meanwhile, the Brisbane Heat have had a fairytale comeback in the competition as they were once stared at an early elimination, having been placed at the bottom of the table. They have currently won back-to-back three games. The squad will miss the services of their stalwarts like Mathew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, and Marnus Labuschagne, who all are in India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Probable playing XI:
Sam Heazlett, Josh Brown, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Max Bryant, Michael Neser, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann
Cameron Bancroft, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Cooper Connolly, Andrew Tye, David Payne, Jason Behrendorff, Lance Morris
Perth Scorchers have played a number of finals in their BBL history and know how to demolish the opposition. The Heat, on the other hand, must be brimming with confidence after winning all three games in the playoffs. But playing at home, the Scorchers will have the upper hand in the final.
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