Date: 11 January 2023
Time: 2:10 PM IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
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Perth Scorchers have managed to retain their place in the top half of the points table. Although they suffered a defeat against Sydney Thunder which ended their four-match winning streak, the Scorchers got back to winning way against Brisbane Heat in their last match. The Heat, meanwhile, continues to suffer due to their inconsistency. The Henry Peirson-led side has suffered five defeats in eight matches played. Now, they will once again face the Scorchers who beat them in the last game.
The Gabba pitch is known for its bounce and carry. The wicket is generally good to bat on but that doesn’t mean the bowlers are out of the game. Pacers can exploit the swing early in the inning, meanwhile, spinners can trouble the batters in the middle overs.
Brisbane Heat have failed to hold on to crucial moments in this edition of the Big Bash League and hence lag in the bottom half of the points table. They have suffered five defeats in eight games played. In their last game, against Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Heat could not defend 171. Their bowlers looked clueless against Cameron Bancroft and Aaron Hardie. The two batters completely destroyed the bowling attack. Although Mark Steketee and Matthew Kuhnemann took a wicket each, they could not stop the flow of runs. Nevertheless, the Heat will look to put the defeat behind them and reign supreme on their home ground.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Brisbane Heat
Josh Brown, Colin Munro, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Billings, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Max Bryant, Ross Whiteley, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson
Ashton Turned-led Perth Scorchers have lived up to the reputation of defending champions as they have continued to stay in the top half of the points table. The likes of Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, and Turner himself have taken care of the runs while Andre Tye, Lance Morris, and Matthew Kelly have stepped up with the ball. In their last game, the Scorchers comfortably beat Brisbane Heat, chasing down 172 in just 16.3 overs. Bancroft and Hardie laid the foundation while Turner finished things off. Now, with the same opponent to play against, the Scorchers will back themselves to turn up the Heat.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Perth Scorchers
Cameron Bancroft, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Cooper Connolly, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Lance Morris
With this kind of batting firepower, Perth Scorchers will be expected to take the Heat bowlers to the cleaners. The defending champions are the favorites to win the contest as well.
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