BBL Preview: Heat v Scorchers

Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers: Friday 7:10pm AEDT at The Gabba, Brisbane

The Brisbane Heat absolutely smashed the Melbourne Stars to continue their impressive start to the Big Bash while the Perth Scorchers added another win to their unbeaten campaign. This match will see two of the more fancied teams clash with fireworks all but certain to fly.

Heat v Scorchers Recommended Bets
Winner Brisbane Heat WIN ($1.73)
Top Heat Batsman Joe Burns ($5.50)
Top Scorchers Batsman Hilton Cartwright ($5.00)
Top Heat Bowler Mitchell Swepson ($3.70)
Top Scorchers Bowler Andrew Tye ($3.20)

Match Preview

Brisbane Heat reunited the Bash Brothers at the top of the order against the Melbourne Stars and boy did they deliver. An opening partnership of 124 at almost 10 an over finished off the match that had been set up by their leg spinners.

Mitchell Swepson and Yasir Shah put on an absolute leg-spin bowling clinic by combining for 8 overs, giving away just 30 runs and picking up 4 wickets to take all the fight out of the Stars. Gannon looked like a bowler that could go for some runs, Steketee, Doggett, and Cutting had an okay outing but they owed a lot of their success to the work of the two spinners.

Once the Heat knew they only had to chase down a small total, they went about it in the only way they know how. Brendon McCullum looked far more at ease than Chris Lynn who was still shedding some cobwebs as they smashed the bowling to all corners. The pair put on 124 and the Heat overhauled a target of 142 in just 14.4 overs.

The Wolf likes the reshuffled Heat order and hopes they continue with the same as the tournament progresses. Of course, now that Chris Lynn has been picked for the Australian ODI side, the Heat would want to make the most of the matches he will be available for.

The Perth Scorchers continue to win matches even though almost half of their first choice team is missing due to some reason or the other! Even the absence of Ashton Agar did not stop them from getting over the line, although, they did leave it a little late against the Sydney Sixers.

The Perth Scorchers are a team that knows how to win and it seems they are just riding that momentum at the moment. Michael Klinger top scored with 83 and announced his presence in this season of the BBL and Ashton Turner scored a timely 45 once again but the Wolf is sure that this lineup cannot continue to be enough for the opponents over a sustained period of time.

Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson have been picked for the Aussie ODI squad which means that the Scorchers will be tested in their bowling resources as well down the line but they should have their first choice bowling lineup available in this match.

The contest is a straight one between the Brisbane batting and the Perth bowling. The Wolf thinks that Brendon McCullum is an astute enough captain to know that they don’t need 190 to win against the Scorchers and that even 170 will be enough.

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Head to Head

The Scorchers have a 5-3 advantage against the Brisbane Heat and have won two out of the three contests that have been played at the Gabba. The last 6 matches between the two sides have been shared 3-3 with the Scorchers having the most recent victory.

The Wolf thinks that a full strength Brisbane Heat team with the Bash Brothers in good form is the best bet to finally overcome the Perth Scorchers bowling lineup. The Scorchers will also have to contend with two excellent leg spinners in the Brisbane Heat team.

Bet: Brisbane Heat WIN ($1.73)

Top Brisbane Heat Batsman

Both Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn scored fifties in the last match but McCullum plays a very high-risk game and Lynn rode his luck a little too much.  The Wolf would rather back Joe Burns who seems to have been moved up to the number three position now. Burns has 114 runs to his name from four innings with two not outs. He is striking the ball at 148.05 and is excellent value at the price being offered.

Bet: Joe Burns ($5.50)

Top Perth Scorchers Batsman

The Scorchers will be faced with some high-quality spin and some not so great fast bowling from the Brisbane Heat. Hilton Cartwright seems to the best equipped to handle this kind of bowling. With 92 runs from four innings, Cartwright has been a little hit and miss with an innings of 58 being the standout. He will need to come to the party in this match if the Scorchers are to be able to match the batting might of the Brisbane Heat.

Bet: Hilton Cartwright ($5.00)

Top Brisbane Heat Bowler

Mitch Swepson bowled one of the best spell of leg-spin bowling that the Wolf has seen in the Big Bash. There were no loose deliveries and he bowled at just the right pace. If Swepson can continue to maintain that form in the upcoming matches he will certainly be one of the revelations from this tournament. Having Yasir Shah on the other hand and a captain like Brendon McCullum also makes a huge difference. Swepson took three wickets in the last match, which were incidentally his only wickets in the tournament so far.

Bet: Mitchell Swepson ($3.70)

Top Perth Scorchers Bowler

The Wolf is not going to try and rock the boat here and recommend backing Andrew Tye. He is in the form of his life with 13 wickets from 4 matches at an economy rate of 6.95. He is the favorite in this category and that is well deserved. He has the change of pace that could be so critical in combating players that are likely to come hard at the bowlers.

Bet: Andrew Tye ($3.20)