The Perth Scorchers will take on the Brisbane Heat in the 54th encounter of the Big Bash League 2020-21. With 8 wins in 13 fixtures, the Scorchers are ruling the points table and are ahead of the Sydney Sixers on account of their superior net run rate, despite being tied on 32 points. They are coming into this with a hat-trick of victories on the back, the most recent of which was their 11-run victory over the Melbourne Stars.
On the other hand are Brisbane Heat, who are placed sixth on the table and have their fate hanging by a thread after six wins and seven losses. After their 82-run loss last week against their immediate rivals, they managed to beat the Adelaide Strikers by 26 runs to keep themselves alive. While a win will not guarantee them a playoff berth, until a few results go their way, a loss in their last game will end their campaign.
Pitch and conditions
This is going to be the first game of the season at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which had lost the chance of hosting matches due to a sudden spike of COVID-19 cases earlier. The track at Sydney has a reputation of assisting the batsmen more than the bowlers, although the ground dimensions certainly pose a challenge for scorers. Expect both spinners and pacers to get ample assistance.
Playing combinations for SCO vs HEA
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (C), Jhye Richardson, Aaron Hardie, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
Predicted XI: Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Pierson (WK), Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin
Probable Top Performers for SCO vs HEA
Colin Munro (Perth Scorchers)
With 404 runs, including four half-centuries at the strike rate of 133.33, Colin Munro is the highest scorer for Perth Scorchers and is fourth on the list of top run-scorers this year. Against Brisbane Heat in the first meeting, his 82 runs off 54 balls proved to be a match-winning knock.
Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
Despite not featuring in all the matches for his team, Lynn stands as the leading scorer for his team with 369 runs at 41, with 4 half-centuries and a mind-baffling strike rate of 153. In the last game too, Lynn raced to 52 from only 30 balls, featuring 5 fours and 3 sixes.
Match timings – 7:35 AM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Perth Scorchers to win the match
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