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The 60th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) will see Perth Scorchers taking on Brisbane Heat at the Manuka Oval in Griffith on 04th February 2021.

The match between the two is scheduled to start at 02:10 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.

Preview: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, 60th Match

The second last game of the BBL will be an exciting clash between Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat at the Manuka Oval. With 9 wins in 14 games, Perth Scorchers has been one of the most consistent teams in BBL 2020-21. In their previous encounter against Sydney Sixers, the Scorchers elected to bat first and posted a total of 167 on the board. However, they failed to contain the opposite side and the Sixers won the game by 9 wickets. Ashton Turner and Co have garnered 32 points in the league so far.

Their opposition, Brisbane Heat have won 7 of the 14 games they’ve played so far and are currently occupying the fourth spot on the table. Their last game was against Sydney Thunder, where they successfully chased the target of 159 and won the game 7 wickets. Brisbane Heat has 29 points to their name.

Pitch report

The pitch at Manuka Oval has favoured the batsmen this year. The side winning the toss would likely be opting to bat first, as only one of the seven BBL 2020-21 games at this venue has been won by the chasing side.

Weather report

The weather at the Manuka Oval on Thursday is forecasted to be partly cloudy, though no showers are expected. The temperature will be looming around 27 degrees Celsius and humidity of around 52% is expected during the game.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at the Manuka Oval for T20 matches in 160+.  

Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat probable XI

Perth Scorchers: Probable XI

Josh Inglis, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed, Andrew Tye.

Bench

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

Brisbane Heat: Probable XI

Max Bryant, Jack Wildermuth, Joe Denly, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson, Marnus Labuschagne, Xavier Bartlett, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee.

Bench

Tom Cooper, Connor Sully, Matthew Kuhnemann, James Bazley, Sam Heazlett, Ben Laughlin, Simon Milenko, Jack Sinfield.

Wicketkeeper: Josh Inglis

Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Jason Roy, Mitchell Marsh

All-rounders: Liam Livingstone, Marnus Labuschagne

Bowlers: Jhye Richardson, Mark Steketee, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye

Top picks for Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat

Through 15 matches this year, Josh Inglis has accounted for 391 runs at an average of 35.55 and strike rate of 142.18. Inglis has the highest score of 72 in this year’s BBL.

Chris Lynn has been a top prospect for his side this year. In 12 innings, Lynn has accounted for 436 runs at an average of 36.33. With the highest score of 69, he also has a player of the match award to his name in this BBL.

Another top pick for the upcoming clash is Liam Livingstone. Through 12 innings, Livingstone has scored 304 runs for his side at an average of 25.33. Also, he has scalped 5 wickets in 5 BBL matches this year.

Jhye Richardson has delivered a stellar performance this year. In 15 innings, Richardson has taken 27 wickets for his side at an economy rate of just 7.23. Also, he garnered the player of the match title thrice in BBL 2020-21.

Man of the match prediction

Jhye Richardson could be the man of the match in the next game.

Winner prediction

Both Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat have performed quite well lately, as both the sides have three of their last five games. The Scorchers and the Heat have a well-balanced lineup in the form of Josh Inglis, Ashton Turner, Josh Philippe, and James Vince. Getting a victory in the upcoming game will be crucial for both the sides as the winning side will confirm its berth in the finals. And considering the outcome of their last game at the Docklands Stadium, one would back the Scorchers to win the next game.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021

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