Top cricbuzz prediction: Inglis and Hardie lead Scorchers to league title

Perth Scorchers 157 for 2 (Inglis 67*, Hardie 65*, Bartlett 1-31) beat Brisbane Heat 155 for 6 (Bryant 36, Behrendorff 3-21) by eight wickets

Veteran quick Jason Behrendorff took three wickets then Josh Inglis and Aaron Hardie blasted half-centuries as Perth Scorchers continued their stranglehold over lowly Brisbane Heat with an eight-wicket victory in Brisbane.

After captain Ashton Turner elected to bowl on a batting-friendly Gabba surface, Behrendorff led a typically disciplined Scorchers attack to thwart the return of Australia Test players Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Renshaw.

Inglis and Hardie then chased the sub-par total of 156 with ease in a brutal 132-run partnership as defending champions Scorchers claimed their second win over Heat in four days.

Behrendorff claims 100th BBL wicket

For the second straight game against Heat, Scorchers were thrashed early and Turner decided to use returning left-arm spinner Ashton Agar in the third over.

It failed to do the trick with Agar, who usually bowls after the powerplay, as he conceded 13 runs. For ferocious opener Josh Brown, the swing delivery aimed at the stump of his foot was Kryptonite.

The left-arm seamer at one point sacked Brown after he threw his delivery five straight for his points. Brown unfortunately played in a similar upset to David Warner against Tim Southey at his recent T20 World Championship.

Behlendorf then sent out Labschagne and Renshaw with the help of great catches from Stephen Eskinasi and Andrew Tye.

When Behrendorff came to his Tye as the only Scorchers his bowler to win his 100 BBL wickets, he impressively combined all his experience to limit the Heat during his surge of power. bottom.

Bryant overshadows returning tryouts

We needed to recharge in the heat of the battle, and the return of captains Kawaja, Rabshagne and Renshaw was just the ticket. However, changing the format just three days after the third test with South Africa proved difficult given the favorable conditions and overwhelming heat show.

Khawaja made his heat debut after signing on a multi-year deal from the Sydney Thunder. He struggled early on, hitting his helmet after attempting a round shot. He also survived his confident shout to Behlendorf that went unchecked. Khawaja then built the platform but failed to convert. So did Renshaw. Labuschagne, who boasts an overwhelming BBL record, got off to a slow start after finishing in 3rd place and retreated to deep cover.

He was entrusted to Max Bryant, who has a strong offense. He smashed his 3 his 6s and brought the Heat to a respectable size, but it was very short. Bryant, who was once part of a disastrous opening partnership with Chris Lynn, has struggled this season but may have found a niche at #6.

Inglis must prove

The Scorchers struggled 2-for-25 after his play for Power, but the pressure eased when Kawaja played part-time spinner his Rabshagne in the fifth over.

Inglis shot his 6 off the first ball and hit consecutive boundaries with a momentum switch. He has a good rapport and has shown his deft use of his feet in counter-attacks, including a beautiful 6-over cover from spinner Matthew Kuehnemann. Wicketkeeper batsman Inglis scored a third half-century in the BBL season. It would have been particularly satisfying after missing Australia’s next test earlier in the day, his tour of India.

He paired well with Hardy. Hardy started the second half of the century with an elegant run to the limit against the Heat. The Scorchers got him wide on 22 balls and Hardie signed on his 6 balls.

Johnson threatens BBL debut

The Heat had a new offense without the fringes of Test bowlers Mark Sticketee and Mitchell Swepson. I jumped at the opportunity.

His left-arm quick rolled particularly sharply, registering a speed of 90 mph (147 km/h).

The 27-year-old has played 50 overs for South Australia in his Marsh Cup and was on his strikers list for Adelaide last season. But for many, it was the first time they’d seen Johnson in action, and he showed enough to warrant a sustained run with the Heat.

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