BBL 2018-19 Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers 48th Match Prediction. The Big Bash League 2018/19’s bottom two teams face each other at the Gabba with little more than pride to play for. The match is scheduled for February 1 and the live action begins at 19:40 local time.
- Bottom-of-the-league Perth Scorchers take on seventh-placed Brisbane Heat as they both look to restore some pride in a poor season so far.
- Both sides have lost their last three matches, despite Perth Scorchers having been able to welcome back their Australian internationals after the ODI series with India.
- Brisbane Heat won when the two teams met in early January in Perth – they reached 139/5 in 18.2 overs in reply to the Scorchers’ 135/6, after Mujeeb Ur Rahman had taken 2-10 from four overs for the Heat to keep the run rate down.
Our Pick: Perth Scorchers
ABOUT THE MATCH
Its a bottom of the table clash in the Big Bash League as Brisbane Heat takes on the Perth Scorchers. This has been a strange season for the two teams which were billed as one of the favorites leading up into the tournament. Nothing seems to have gone right and it looks now they are both waiting for the misery to be over.
There are three more matches to go for both the sides including this one. Both teams have won just three out of their eleven matches in BBL 08 although Brisbane Heat has one more point thanks to the lucky no-result it got against Sydney Thunder.
It is difficult to say which team is performing worse between these two and this could be an interesting match to watch for this very reason. Brisbane Heat will be hosting the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba in this match.
BRH vs PRS, BBL 2018-19: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Fox Sports, Sony Six, Sky Sport, BT Sport, SuperSport, Willow TV, Ten Sports, BeIN Sports
Live streaming: SonyLIV, FoxtelSports, SuperSport Live, Willow TV Online,
Bat Flip Prediction
The tendency has been to field first after winning the Bat Flip at the Gabba and Brisbane might fancy a chance after failing to set a big enough target batting first in their most recent game.
Brisbane Heat Team News & Playing 11
BRH Team News
Matt Renshaw has been dropped from the Australian test squad, meaning he is available to play for Brisbane Heat – as he has done in the last two matches. Brisbane have been unchanged for both games, but may look to tweak their line-up as they bid to end their losing streak – Jack Prestwidge and Matt Kuhnemann were the 12th and 13th players in the squad against Hobart, with Mark Steketee and Sam Heazlett instead playing for the Queensland Academy of Sport in a T20 tournament in Sydney.
BRH Key Players
Brisbane’s biggest success in BBL 2018-19 season have come when the “Bash Brothers”, Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn, have fired. They have three half-centuries to their names each, scoring 235 and 329 runs respectively. Lynn sits fourth in the run-scoring charts this season.
Max Bryant, who has been opening with McCullum, has 228 runs, while Mark Renshaw has slotted back in at number four – he top-scored with 45 against Melbourne Stars on his return. Last time out, Alex Ross (62) and Jimmy Peirson (50) dug Brisbane out of a hole with a 109-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
With the ball, Mujeeb ur Rahman was the star of the show when these two teams last met, taking 2-10 from his four overs. He has nine wickets in the tournament so far. Ben Cutting took the only wicket against Hobart last time out and he now has ten for the tournament. Josh Lalor has 11 wickets including 5-26 against Sydney Sixers.
BRH Team Form
Brisbane Heat are now without a win in their last four matches – losing the last three and being lucky not to have lost the one before then. They were heading for defeat when a power failure meant a no result against Sydney Thunder, having been 10/2 after three overs, with McCullum and Lynn the men out, in reply 186/4.
There was no intervention in the following game, however – Josh Lalor’s 5-26 counting for nothing except his own personal records against Sydney Sixers as they posted 177/7 and the Heat were all out for 98 in reply.
Next up, set just 135 to beat Melbourne Stars, the Heat struggled to 129/8 as the runs dried up when Matt Renshaw was dismissed for 45 to make it 111/5 after 16.4 overs.
And the losing streak continued in punishing fashion against Hobart Hurricanes last time out too; Alex Ross (62) and Jimmy Peirson (50) shared a 109-run partnership in a total of 145/6, but the Hurricanes lost just one wicket, reaching the target in 14.2 overs.
Brisbane Heat Predicted Playing 11
- Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Alex Ross, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Perth Scorchers Team News & Playing 11
PRS Team News
Perth Scorchers were unchanged for the game against Melbourne Renegades last time out only to suffer an incredible batting collapse. David Willey (shoulder) and Ashton Agar (dislocated finger) will play no further part in this year’s tournament, and Jhye Richardson is in the Australian test squad. There may not be big changes – if any – despite the heavy defeat, however, with it unlikely Cameron Bancroft, Shaun and Mitchell Marsh or Ashton Turner will pay the price for the Scorchers collapsing to 12/4 after six overs.
PRS Key Players
Shaun Marsh has had vastly contrasting fortunes in his two Perth Scorchers innings so far. In his first appearance of the season he hammered an unbeaten 96 from 55 balls but was out for a duck last time. His form in undoubted, however – he was in good form in the ODI series against India, scoring 224 runs in his three innings and was unfortunate to be dropped from the test squad.Brother Mitchell captains the team, meanwhile, and will be keen to recapture his best form to prove a point to the Australian selectors. The Marsh brothers are joined in the top four by Cameron Bancroft, who has 200 runs in eight innings since returning from suspension, and Ashton Turner – their leading run scorer this season with 307 so far, including the top score of 47 from 30 balls when these teams last met.
Andrew Tye took his 14th wicket last time out, impressing with figures of 1-19 from his four overs. He has ten of those wickets in his last five games.
Jason Behrendorff has nine wickets in eight matches, meanwhile, and Nathan Coulter-Nile – who took three when these teams last met – also has nine from 11 matches.
PRS Team Form
Perth Scorchers have lost their last three matches, having beaten Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers before that. The winning streak, which owed a lot to Cameron Bancroft’s batting form and Andrew Tye’s four-wicket haul against the former, was ended by Hobart Hurricanes.
Sam Whiteman scored 68 from 44 balls against the Hurricanes, in a total of 177/9, but the Hurricanes got home with four wickets and three balls to spare.They lost in the last over in the following game too, despite Shaun Marsh scoring an unbeaten 96 from 55 balls on his first appearance of the season in a total of 181/4. Sydney Thunder reached the target for the loss of just four wickets, with four balls to spare.
Last time out it was nowhere near as close, meanwhile. The losing streak continued as they were dismissed for just 79 from 16 overs – having been 12/4 after the powerplay – to crash to a 78-run defeat to Melbourne Renegades.
Perth Scorchers Predicted Playing 11
- Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Hobson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Usman Qadir
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
BRH : L L L NR W
PRS : L L L W W
BRH vs PRS Head to Head
Brisbane Heat’s win against Perth Scorchers earlier in this season’s tournament means the two teams have won five each of the ten previous matches between them. Last season, they played just once – the Heat winning that one too, by 49 runs after Brendan Doggett’s 5-35 helped bowl the Scorchers out for 142.
This season, it was Mujeeb Ur Rahman in form with the ball – he took 2-10 from his four overs as the Scorchers could only post 135/6, which Brisbane chased down to win by five wickets.
Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Betting Odds
With both sides out of form, the bookmakers are split with both Bet365 and Betfair pricing both Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers at 1.90 to win.
The key will be which side’s big-name batsmen fire. For the Heat, that means the Bash Brothers and Chris Lynn is 3.40 with Betfair to be their top run scorer. Brendon McCullum is 4.33 with Bet365.
For Perth Scorchers, Shaun Marsh showed his form in his first game back and, forgetting his duck last time out, has been in good form of late. He is 3.50 to be their top batsman with Bet365 and Betfair.
Andrew Tye’s bowling form has been a positive for Perth Scorchers too, and he is 3.75 to be their top wicket taker with Betfair.
Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Prediction
Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers are both out of form, but the Scorchers look the better team on paper thanks to the return of their Australian internationals.