Perth Scorchers will play their last match of the group stage of Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 against Brisbane Heat on January 26 (Tuesday). This will be the 54th match of the season.
After winning their last match against Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers reached the top of the points table. Out of 13 matches, they have won eight and lost four while one had ended in no result. They will be looking to win against Brisbane Heat to get at least two matches in the playoffs before finalising their spot in the final.
Here, let’s take a look at Perth Scorchers predicted, XI:
Jason Roy is currently the second-highest scorer for Perth Scorchers in this season. In 10 matches, he has scored 311 runs, including two half-centuries at the strike rate of 134.63.
In the last match against Melbourne Stars, he amassed the second half-century and helped the side to put challenging 182 runs target.
Jason Roy’s countryman Liam Livingstone returned to the groove against Hobart Hurricanes in the first meeting. He set up 123 runs partnership with Roy in which he scored 54 runs, the maiden half-century for him in this season. Overall, in 10 matches, he has scored 257 runs at the strike rate of 123.55.
Perth Scorchers will only have the upper hand against Brisbane Heat if Liam Livingstone again sets up a good partnership with Roy.
The New Zealander Colin Munro, who is playing in the BBL to prove his mettle to his national selector, is the highest scorer for Perth Scorchers. In 12 matches, he has scored 404 runs, including four half-centuries at the strike rate of 133.33. Against Brisbane Heat in the first meeting, he came out as the saviour of the team after the early fall of openers. He scored 82 runs off 54 balls.
After being demoted from opener to middle-order, Josh Inglish has started churning out runs for Perth Scorchers. He scored the first fifty of this season against Melbourne Renegades. The right-hand batsman remained not out and scored 72 runs to set up 186 runs target. Inglis’s return back is a big positive for the team.
After recovering from injury, Mitchell Marsh returned to the side against Hobart Hurricanes. He is again being used as a pure batsman and was not used as a bowling option. But in the last two matches, he hasn’t given a significant contribution with the bat, being out for seven and five runs respectively. However, his return is a big positive for the side.
Ashton Turner (c):
Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner is not having a great season, being out early and leaving his team to struggle. In 13 matches, he has not even got a fifty while has scored 184 runs. The skipper will have to play a captain’s knock when needed.
The all-rounder Aaron Hardie hasn’t got much opportunity to bat because the top and middle-order has given enough contribution. But with the bat, he hasn’t been much successful. In the last match, he went too expensive, giving away over 10 runs per over. He will look to redeem against Brisbane Heat.
Perth Scorchers’ prominent bowler Jhye Richardson is the leading wicket-taker. In 12 matches, he has picked up 26 wickets at an economy rate of 6.75. His excellence in the BBL is likely to open his door in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The pacer Andrew Tye has also given crucial breakthroughs to Perth Scorchers. After Richardson, he is the second-highest wicket-taker of the side, garnering 15 wickets in his name. In the last match against Melbourne Stars, he picked the all-important wickets of Nick Larkin and Nathan Coulter-Niel to guide Scorchers to the win.
Being in the eye of national selectors, the BBL 2020-21 is important for Tye to prove his case and earn a place in the national team for the T20 World Cup 2021. So, he will look to be more economical.
The pacer Jason Behrendroff has picked up 12 wickets in 12 matches at an acceptable economy rate of 6.61. In the last match, he picked the early wicket of Marcus Stoinis to take the game closer to Perth Scorchers’s side.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has controlled his run flow. In the last match, he chocked Melbourne Stars’ batsman and picked the pivotal wicket of Glenn Maxwell for a duck. He conceded only 19 runs in his four overs. Perth Scorchers will hope that he replicate the similar bowling performance against Brisbane Heat to maintain their top spot in the points table.