Finally, Big Bash League has reached its climax as Perth scorchers taking on Brisbane Heat in the second qualifier today at Manuka Oval. Brisbane Heat has won their last three games comfortably which will be the morale booster for them while heading towards today’s match. The arrival of MarnusLabuschagne and Mitchell Swepson has provided much-needed balance and the team looks entirely different now. Sam Heazlett’s fine form is also helping them in recent times. Captain Chris Lynn is leading from the front with his swashbuckling knocks. His return to form has turned the fortunes for Brisbane hear this season. Joe Denly and Joe burns are providing much-needed stability to their middle order with useful contributions with the bat. Jack Wildermuth is providing much-needed balance to the side by his all-round performance. Ben Laughlin and Mark Steketee are coming handy with the ball which is one of the positives for them. So overall a well-balanced outfit and has got in-form players in their line-up. So you can expect a gritty performance from them.
Perth scorchers on another hand are the three-time BBL champions and are impressive in this season too. The major concern is they have lost their last two games. Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone are providing the starts the team need but at least one of them should play an anchor role and score big runs. That is missing from these two players. Wicket-keeper Josh Inglis is in top-notch form along with Colin Munro as both are providing much-needed stability to their middle order. Ashton turner is also chipped in few times with useful contributions and Mitchell marsh is providing the balance to the side with his all-round performance. Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson have forged a right combination and has seen success in troubling the opponent batsmen. So you can expect the same from them today as well.
Players to watch out for:
Chris Lynn is in fine form with bat and he is leading from the front. Today he will look to bring all his experience together and come up with a compelling knock that will help his side emerge as victorious.
Wicket-keeper batsmen josh Inglis is one of the success stories of this season. His promotion has brought the much-needed firepower to scorchers middle order. With final in line, he will look to repeat the same performance that will help him to knock the doors of national selectors.
A fresh pitch awaits for both the teams at Manuka oval today. It will keep the bowlers interesting. You can expect the swing from both the ends at earlier stages of the game so batting second will be the viable option for the captains who wins the toss.
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (WK), Ashton Turner (C), Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson and Fawad Ahmed.
Chris Lynn (C), Sam Heazlett, MarnusLabuschagne, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Lewis Gregory, Jack Wildermuth/Xavier Bartlett, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson and Ben Laughlin.
Considering the team composition, balance and experience of the players you can expect Perth scorchers emerging better-off Brisbane heat. At the same time, Brisbane heat has also produced mouth-watering matches this season. So you can’t predict straightforward.