With only two matches left in the league stage of the Big Bash League 2021 for each team, the qualification scenarios are starting to become evident. Three teams, the Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, and Sydney Thunder, have already qualified for the next round, leaving only one position open.

The Brisbane Heat will face the Perth Scorchers in the next match of the competition, which may or may not have any bearing on the top four teams, but will be crucial for both teams. On the 17th of January 2021, the match will be held at The Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

Brisbane Heat

The Brisbane Heat were on a similar path to last year, and just when it appeared like they might be able to claw their way back into contention, Covid-19 thwarted their plans. The Brisbane Heat were forced to reshuffle their lineup overnight, resulting in two losses in a row. Despite the return of its regular players, the Brisbane Heat were never able to regain their momentum.

They presently have 15 points on the board and have already been eliminated from postseason contention. Even a pair of strong wins will keep them behind the Hobart Hurricanes, who are now in fifth place on the standings. Brisbane Heat have won three and lost nine games out of a total of twelve. They have a dreadful net run rate of -0.895, which isn’t going to matter any longer.

The Brisbane Heat are coming off four straight losses and are sure to be demoralised heading into this contest. In their most recent match, they were completely outplayed by Melbourne Stars, losing by eight wickets. Batting first, they put up a total of 149 for 6, which was quickly surpassed by Stars with 37 balls remaining.

Heat’s troubles are compounded by the fact that Fakhar Zaman is no longer available to play, creating a significant hole in their top order. Brisbane Heat are a somewhat unsettled team, as evidenced by their performances thus far, as they struggle to deal with form and Covid-19. They do, however, have some match-winners on hand, all of whom are capable of winning games on their own. They’d need them to step up, and if that happens, the Perth Scorchers will be up against it.

Perth Scorchers

The Perth Scorchers don’t have to worry about making it to the next round with 38 points already under their belt. In fact, regardless of what happens in this forthcoming match, they will undoubtedly finish among the top two teams, giving them a slight advantage. However, this is their final league game, and they’d like to keep their momentum going before moving on to the qualifier match.

The Perth Scorchers got off to a slow start in the tournament, but its regular suspects didn’t waste any time getting into top gear. They’ve also performed admirably recently, winning four of their previous six matches. They are presently in first place in the points table, having won 10 of their 13 games. Furthermore, they have a fantastic net run rate of 0.950, which is second only to the Sydney Sixers’ net run rate.

They are coming off an unexpected setback to Adelaide Strikers and will be eager to get back on the winning track. The Scorchers’ batters appeared bewildered against the Strikers, scoring a total of 127 runs between them. Their bowlers had no chance of defending this total, but they gave it their all, taking up four wickets and extending the game to the 17th over.

Perth Scorchers will be a much stronger team, at least on paper, with Mitchell Marsh expected to return. Even without him, they’re a perfectly balanced club that can cover all bases, whether it’s bowling or batting. They’ve been in excellent form and will be hoping to finish the league season on a high note. There’s no reason they can’t get back to winning if they can play to their on-paper promise.



    • Ben Duckett
    • Kurtis Patterson
    • Ashton Turner
    • Laurie Evans
    • Sam Heazlett
    • Mitch Marsh (VC)
    • Ashton Agar
    • James Bazley
    • Andrew Tye (C)
    • M Steketee
    • Xavier Bartlett

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