On Tuesday (19th January) evening, Perth Scorchers will fight against Brisbane Heat at Docklands Stadium (Melbourne) during the 44th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
In the present BBL 10 points table, while Perth Scorchers are fifth position with 21 points in 10 matches, Brisbane Heat are in the sixth spot with 20 points in 10 games.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 44: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat – Match Preview
After a tough start in this BBL season (3 defeats and 1 no result), Perth Scorchers incredibly returned by winning five successive matches. In their last game, the defending champions Sydney Sixers finally stopped their five-match winning streak by beating them by 7 wickets.
While New Zealand cricketer Colin Munro has scored 271 runs in 9 innings, English cricketer Jason Roy has scored 233 runs in 7 innings. Also, Josh Inglis has scored 201 runs in 10 innings while Liam Livingstone has scored 190 runs in 7 innings. As Munro has hit three half-centuries, England cricketer Livingstone scored half-centuries in both the last two matches.
Jhye Richardson is currently the leading wicket-taker in this BBL tournament as the young right-arm fast bowler has taken 19 wickets in 10 games. Also, Andrew Tye has bagged 10 wickets in 10 matches.
For the upcoming match, Perth Scorchers have named the unchanged 15-member squad. So, injured Mitchell Marsh will continue to miss the upcoming match, who has scored 187 runs and taken 4 wickets in eight matches of this BBL season.
Latest full available squad
Ashton Turner (C), Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Jason Roy, Andrew Tye
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, Won, Won and Lost
In their 10 matches of this BBL season, Brisbane Heat have also won five games and suffered five defeats. Heat have also shown their consistency in this tournament.
In-form skipper Chris Lynn has scored 273 runs in 6 innings, including his last three innings scores of 48, 56 and 50 respectively. Also, Max Bryant has scored 243 runs in 10 innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Jimmy Peirson has also scored 173 runs in 9 innings, including one half-century.
While Mark Steketee has taken 18 wickets in this BBL season, now-unavailable Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has scalped 14 wickets in this tournament. Also, Jack Wildermuth and Xavier Bartlett have collected 10 and 9 wickets respectively.
Latest full available squad
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Joe Burns, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (C), Simon Milenko, Morne Morkel, Lachy Pfeffer, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Jack Wildermuth, Jack Wood
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, Won, Lost and Won
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 44: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat – Match Prediction
Both teams are the in-form sides. However, Perth Scorchers won both the matches against Brisbane Heat in the last BBL season.
Though the absence of Mitchell Marsh can put a big impact for Scorchers, the upcoming match is still expected to be a tough competitive game.