The 44th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 will be played between Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat at the Marvel Stadium in Docklands.

The match is scheduled to start at 01:45 PM IST (04:15 PM local time). It will be aired live on Sony Ten Network and can also be streamed live via the Sony LIV app.

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Preview: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, 44th Match

In the early matches of BBL 2020-21, it seemed that Perth Scorchers would finish amongst the bottom three in the league. But the Scorchers have elegantly worked against the odds and have turned their campaign around. In fact, they’re now looking like one of the favorites to make it to the playoffs and confirm their seat in the semis. With 5 wins in 9 matches, Perth Scorchers are currently occupying the 3rd position on the table and have 20 points to their name.

Their opposition, Brisbane Heat is having a mixed season in the 2020/21 edition of the Big Bash League. They’ve played 9 games in the league so far and have managed to register a victory in just 4 of them. As Brisbane Heat is placed in the sixth position, they’ll have to start picking up wins as the playoffs are not too far now.

Weather report

The weather in Docklands has been partly cloudy so far, and it will remain the same on Tuesday as well. An average temperature of around 18 degrees Celsius and 50% humidity is expected during the game.

Pitch report

Talking about the pitch, the Marvel Stadium track mostly skews on the slow side. The average first innings score at the Docklands is around 150, so opening batsmen will be key against the white ball.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score for T20 matches at Marvel Stadium is 155.

Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat probable XI

Perth Scorchers: Probable XI

Ashton Turner (C), Josh Inglis (WK), Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy, Joe Clarke, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed, Andrew Tye.

Bench

Joel Paris, Matthew Kelly, Cameron Bancroft, Kurtis Patterson, Corey Rocchiccioli.

Brisbane Heat: Probable XI

Chris Lynn (C), Jimmy Peirson (WK), Max Bryant, Joe Denly, Jack Wildermuth, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Morne Morkel, Mark Steketee.

Bench

Jack Wood, Ben Laughlin, Simon Milenko, Lachlan Pfeffer, Matthew Kuhnemann, Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper.

Wicketkeeper: Josh Inglis

Batsmen: Ashton Turner, Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Jason Roy

All-rounders: Jack Wildermuth, Mitchell Marsh, Liam Livingstone

Bowlers: Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Xavier Bartlett

Top picks for Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat

Mitchell Marsh will be a part of the Perth Scorchers batting lineup until 2025, and his numbers will tell you why the Scorchers have retained him for such a long time. He has scored 187 runs at an average of 46.75 and has also picked 4 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.52.

Jason Roy has had a good BBL season so far, having scored 212 runs from 6 matches. He has an average of 42.40, while his strike rate is over 126. Roy’s highest score in BBL 2020-21 is 74.

Chris Lynn has been phenomenal since his return in the Brisbane Squad. Lynn has aggregated 223 runs in 5 matches at an average of 44.60 and strike rate of 151.70. Also, he has garnered the Player of the Match once in this BBL season.

Jack Wildermuth has scalped 9 wickets, while he has also maintained a fantastic economy rate of 6.14 in this year’s BBL. In addition, he has also scored 71 runs at a strike rate of 165.12.

Man of the match prediction

Jason Roy is predicted to be the Man of the Match in the upcoming game.

Winner prediction

Perth Scorchers are currently at their destructive best as they’ve won 5 BBL games consecutively. Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, have won three of their last five matches. Both Heat and Scorchers have good T20 batsmen in the form of Ashton Turner and Chris Lynn, meaning the upcoming clash would be an enthralling one. But Perth Scorchers seem to have an advantage over Brisbane Heat and are the favorites for the upcoming game at the Marvel Stadium.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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