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January 11, 2020
Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat
Venue: Optus Stadium | Start: 9:10pm (AEDT)
Perth Scorchers – The Scorchers face off against the Heat just 10 days after their first encounter of BBL09, where Adam Voges’ side easily accounted for their big-hitting rivals by 40 runs. On that night on the Gold Coast, Cameron Bancroft (50 off 42) led the way with the bat but it was man of the match Fawad Ahmed (3/16 off 4) who stole the show.
Back at home, this clash represents a huge chance for the Scorchers to break a big duck. It’s been almost two seasons since the historically successful Perth side have won two games in a row. They haven’t done so thus far in BBL09, and didn’t do so in BBL08. And they’re very much aware of the statistic. “We speak a lot about momentum in this sort of tournament and any win’s a good win but I think now it’s just about backing it up,” paceman Jhye Richardson (7 wickets, econ 8.11 in BBL09) said on Wednesday.
Saturday night’s clash represents the start of a busy schedule for the Scorchers, with three games in the next five days. Should they gather some momentum in these games, it will set Voges’ side up for a return to the Big Bash finals. Should they stutter, however, it will see them playing catchup at the back-end of the season.
Brisbane Heat – The Heat are one of the form teams of the BBL, winning four of their last five after a tough start to the season. Chris Lynn’s troops are in fine touch and despite a top order wobble against the Hurricanes on Thursday night, a Ben Cutting-led fightback with the bat saw them fairly comfortably home for two more valuable points.
Darren Lehmann’s side welcome back James Pattinson for this clash in a huge return for the boys in teal. He joins test teammates Joe Burns (0 from 2 against the Hurricanes) back in the Heat XI. Saturday night’s clash will be Tom Banton’s last for the club this season, departing ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of AB de Villiers. Banton has been a success story this season, plundering 168 entertaining runs at the incredible strike-rate of 178.72 – the highest for any batsman with 100 runs or more. While his output, runs wise, may have been slightly below par given he smashed 80 runs in his opening two games, he’s a name Lehmann will be desperate to re-sign next season.
Betting Analysis – Last time these teams faced off the Scorchers spinners ran riot, as Ahmed (3/16) and Ashton Agar (2/16) stifled the Heat’s batsmen. It’s unlikely the pair will star as prominently in this one however, as the Optus Stadium deck hasn’t been as friendly to spin thus far in BBL09. Sides batting first have averaged a whopping 183 at Optus this season, and with two bit-hitting sides facing off it could be a run-fest. Look for Liam Livingstone to lead the way for the home side and continue the form that saw him pass 50 for the second time this season against the Renegades. With the ball for the Scorchers, the wicket taker market is a toss-up between Ahmed and Chris Jordan but if pushed look for the Englishman to deliver at home. For the visitors, expect Lynn to keep doing his thing on a pitch that will suit him down to a tee. With the ball, look out for a fiery Pattinson to strike early with the new ball.
Head to Head: Perth Scorchers
Top Runs Scorer – Perth Scorchers: Liam Livingstone
Most Wickets – Perth Scorchers: Chris Jordan
Top Runs Scorer – Brisbane Heat: Chris Lynn
Most Wickets – Brisbane Heat: James Pattinson