Who will win Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers BBL 23rd match?
The 23rd match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2016-17 will see Brisbane Heat go up against Perth Scorchers for the second time this season. Brisbane Cricket Ground will be the setting for this fixture to be played on January 11. Live action starts at 6:40 PM local time.
There seems to be a certain toss bias at the Gabba as the side batting second has been ending up winning since the last four BBL matches. So 'win the toss and bat second' could be on the mind of the toss-winning captain. In their last six matches at this ground, Brisbane Heat have lost thrice batting first and won twice while chasing, which makes them an attractive bet if they bat second.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, odds and match prediction for Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers, Big Bash League 2016-17....
Chris Lynn has been selected in the Australian one-day squad for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan and the batsman won't be available for the Heat's remaining league-stage matches. Tymal Mills replaces injured Samuel Badree and will be available for this match.
With Chris Lynn out of the picture, the onus will now be on skipper Brendon McCullum to lead with the bat. He will be coming into this game after having scored an unbeaten fifty in the reverse fixture and we predict the in-form McCullum to make a healthy contribution for his side. Mark Steketee and Mitchell Swepson have taken seven wickets apiece and they will be the biggest challenge for the Scorchers.
Brisbane Heat have so far been good with both the bat and the ball, and as a result, they are occupying the pole position in the standings with four wins from five league matches. They beat the Perth Scorchers in their last match and it was quite a resounding victory with nine wickets and 32 balls to spare.
Brisbane Heat Predicted XI
JJ Peirson (wk), BB McCullum (c), AI Ross, JA Burns, NJ Reardon, BCJ Cutting, JD Wildermuth, ND Buchanan, MT Steketee and MJ Swepson. (Chris Lynn’s replacement has not been confirmed yet).
Perth Scorchers have lost Mitchell Marsh to the Australian national team and his replacement has yet to be announced. The rest of the team is likely to remain the same for this upcoming fixture.
The team will expect a lot from their skipper Michael Klinger and Ian Bell with the bat in the absence of Mitchell Marsh. They will need to score the big runs if the Scorchers are to get into a strong position. Fast bowler David Willey will be the key in their bowling lineup. He has taken seven wickets so far in BBL 2016-17 season and we predict him to cause a few problems for the Brisbane batsmen.
Perth Scorchers are one place below the Heat at the second spot on the points table with three wins and two losses from five league games. After winning two consecutive games against Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder, they suffered a defeat at the hands of Brisbane Heat in their previous match.
Perth Scorchers Predicted XI
M Klinger (c), SE Marsh, IR Bell, AJ Turner, SM Whiteman (wk), AC Agar, DJ Willey, MG Johnson, AJ Tye and JA Richardson. (The team has yet to decide on Mitchell Marsh’s replacement).
Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Head-to-Head
Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers have played seven matches in the past of which the former have won three and the latter four. Both teams have won once in the two matches to be played at the Gabba. The most recently played match was won by the Heat when the two sides met last week for the first time this season of BBL.
Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Betting Odds
Brisbane Heat are at 1.95 with bet365 and Perth Scorchers are at 1.90. The former emerged winners in the reverse fixture where they dominated the latter entirely. But they will be without their run-machine Chris Lynn which is why betfair has them as outsiders at 2.1. Though the Scorchers are going to miss Mitchell March, the drop in their performance level is not expected to be as much as what it might be in the case of the Heat. They are favorites to win this match at 1.89 with betfair.
Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Prediction
Last week's win over Perth is going to make Brisbane highly confident ahead of this match. They will also be playing on their home ground which will give them the additional advantage of knowing the conditions beforehand.
However, they haven't won many games at this ground in recent times. In their last six games here, they have only managed to win just two which is not an impressive record for a home ground. Moreover, the absence of key man Chris Lynn could affect their performance even though they do have depth in their batting. Perth Scorchers have beaten Brisbane Heat twice in their last three attempts and we predict them to avenge their defeat from the previous matchup.
Final Verdict: Back Perth Scorchers to beat Brisbane Heat at 1.94 with betfair and 1.90 with bet365.