Who do you think will take this game & who according to you will make it to the fantasy cricket team for Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat? Shubham Aggarwal dissects game 21 of BBL|08
The second game in BBL on Saturday will see the two teams languishing at the bottom of the points table, Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat have a go at each other.
Perth Scorchers would be glad to reach their home, the Optus Stadium after their 1-run defeat against the Sixers. The 3-time champions have lost all their away games so far this season which has put them as low as the 7th position. Their only victory came on their home ground on the Boxing Day where they overwhelmed the defending champions, Adelaide Strikers with a powerful bowling performance.
On the other hand, Brisbane Heat are yet to taste a victory in the ongoing season and their unproductive batting show has played a big role in it. In their 3 games till now, Brisbane Heat has scored an average of only 145 runs from the bat per game. One-third of their total runs have come from the willow of their skipper, Chris Lynn.
Considering Heat’s cold exhibition with the bat, Perth Scorchers’ emphasis would be to turn up with another knockout bowling performance in the Optus.
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Match: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
Michael Klinger, David Willey, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton turner, Hilton Cartwright, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, AJ Tye, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw/Alex ross, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, James Pattinson, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett
Pitch and the most favorable team combination
This will only be the third BBL game at the newly constructed Optus Stadium and both the games saw contrasting first innings total.
Last season’s semifinal was Optus’ BBL debut where Hobart Hurricanes knocked out the Scorchers by posting 210 in the first innings. However, this season, the Scorchers bundled out the Strikers for less than 100 to get off the mark in the points table.
Considering the only BBL game so far this season and the two international games played at the Optus in the second half of 2018, where the wicket-keepers collected the ball around their shoulder more often than not, extra bounce is expected to trouble the batsmen again. Runs have not come easy at the ground and the bowlers can be seen making merry once more.
As much as 5 bowlers could be beneficial with a combination of 3 batsmen/2 all-rounders or 4 batsmen/1 all-rounder in addition to the wicket-keeper batsman’s slot.
Max Bryant, Cameron Bancroft, Chris Lynn (vc), Ashton Turner, Mitchell Marsh, Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, AJ Tye, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff (c)
Both the wicket-keeper batsmen, Cameron Bancroft and Jimmy Peirson are yet to leave an imprint on the tournament with their batting. One thing that works in Bancroft’s favor is his higher position in the batting order that gives him a better chance to gain more points than Peirson.
Last three T20 innings played at the Optus stadium has seen 24 wickets fell for 319 runs which is a clear indication towards picking only the least number of batsmen for the game – three.
Scorchers have one of the most lethal fast bowling attacks in franchise cricket around the world, hence Brisbane batsmen with decent striking abilities against extreme pace are recommended to boost your batting line-up and Chris Lynn loves pace on the ball.
|Bowling Speed||Strike Rate|
|120 – 132 (kph)||202|
|132 – 140 (kph)||148|
On the other side, Ashton Turner possesses similar striking abilities against the Pacers. Even though the Scorchers don’t need to worry about pace as much as their opponent as Heat does not hold similar firepower with the ball, the in-form Turner is the best pick to fill the batsmen’s slot from the Scorchers camp.
|Ashton Turner against||Strike Rate|
Max Bryant is the second highest run-scorer for Brisbane Heat and is the best possible pick for the third batsman’s spot in the XI.
Ben Cutting has been in a fine knick in the tournament so far. His 58 off 32 balls against the Hurricanes almost won Heat their first game. Also, he boasts a strike rate of 182 against deliveries coming at him at a pace in the range of 133 to 139 kmph.
Out of the 73 BBL overs bowled in the Optus so far, only 8 have been bowled by spinners which lessens the value of Ashton Agar for the second all-rounder. David Willey is having a mediocre tournament so far. Mitchell Marsh is back with the Scorchers and can be a decent pick to fill the all-rounder’s shoes as he fit to fulfill both roles.
You see the Scorchers’ bowling line-up and you wonder which bowler to leave out. It’s better not to since any one of them can trigger a collapse on his given day and with Australia’s ODI side announced, this might be the last time the quartet of Behrendorff, Tye, Coulter-Nile, Richardson will be seen together.
AJ Tye struggled to live upto the expectations so far in the tournament but he registered his best bowling figures of the tournament in the Scorchers’ sole victory of the season against Strikers.
As discussed above, the spinners have bowled only 8 overs in the new Perth stadium accounting for only 3% off the wickets fallen on the ground. But looking in Brisbane’s camp, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the offie turns out to be the best pick amongst other bowlers who have turned out to be both, expensive and harmless.
Captain and vice-captain
Jason Behrendorff has been Scorchers’ best fast bowler this season, with most wickets (7) and least strike rate (14.5). Similarly, Chris Lynn has been the highest run-scorer for Brisbane Heat scoring 33% of their runs. Needless to say, the onus will again be on his shoulders to keep the scoreboard ticking.
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