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Six weeks of action and the Big Bash League 2022-23 has come down to the two teams with Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat fighting for the title in the final. The two finalists will lock horns at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday, February 4th. Perth Scorchers head into the game as heavy favourites with the odds of 2/5 (1.40) while Brisbane Heat are the underdogs at 15/8 (2.87).
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, Final, BBL 2022-23
- February 4, 2023 – 8:30 AM GMT
- Optus Stadium, Perth
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Optus Stadium is known to provide assistance for the fast bowlers. The top order batters do find it tough here as new ball seamers find good movement. The overall average first innings score at the venue stands at 158 while this season the number stands at 156 from eight games.
The weather in Perth should be clear and warm on Saturday evening with zero threat of rain. The temperature will hover around 27°C.
Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, Final – Match Predictions
Perth Scorchers lead the scoreline between the two sides with 13 wins compared to 7 by Brisbane Heat. They have also hammered Brisbane in all the previous five meetings. The Scorchers have a better side on paper in both batting and bowling departments, especially for home conditions.
Scorchers To Hit Most Sixes
Neser To Take Most Wickets for Scorchers
Hardie to Be Man of the Match
Perth Scorchers have a strong batting line-up comprising the likes of Josh Inglis, Ashton Turner, Aaron Hardie and Cameron Bancroft. They are in great form, striking 77 sixes in 15 matches (5.1/innings). Brisbane Heat have a depleted batting unit and will rely on Josh Brown and Sam Hain for the power-hitting.
Our Prediction: Perth Scorchers to hit most sixes in this match with the odds of 8/11 (1.72).
Michael Neser has been a prolific wicket-taker this season, claiming 26 wickets at a strike rate of just 12.6. The seamer should find movement at Perth and has the odds of 11/4 (3.75) to be the top bowler for Brisbane Heat. From Perth Scorchers, Andrew Tye has taken 25 scalps at 13.9 strike rate. He has odds of 13/5 (3.60) to be the top bowler for the Scorchers.
Our Prediction: Michael Neser to be the top wicket-taker for Brisbane Heat at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Aaron Hardie has scored 443 runs in 14 innings at an average of 44 while striking at 142, including four fifties. His bowling has also been used in recent games. Hardie has the odds of 9/1 (10.00) to be the player of the match. Other top betting options include Josh Inglis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye and Michael Neser.
Our Prediction: Aaron Hardie to be the Man of the Match at 9/1 (10.00) odds.
Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat Preview
Perth Scorchers are eyeing their fifth BBL title whereas Brisbane Heat will be gunning for their second championship victory. Let’s take a look at two teams ahead of their ultimate battle on Saturday.
Perth Scorchers, the defending champions, finished top of the table with 11 wins out of 14 matches. The Scorchers then defeated Sydney Sixers in the Qualifier by seven wickets, chasing 154 after being 3 for 22 in four overs on the back of fifties from Ashton Turner and Cameron Bancroft.
Those two along with Josh Inglis and Aaron Hardie form a pretty good batting line-up. The Scorchers have an excellent bowling attack for home conditions with the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly and David Payne in the side. If fully recovered, Jhye Richardson could bolster the attack.
Squad: Cameron Bancroft, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Cooper Connolly, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, David Payne, Lance Morris
Brisbane Heat had to go through a tough road to reach the final. After finishing fifth on the table, they defeated Sydney Thunder in the Eliminator by six runs. They then beat Melbourne Renegades by seven wickets in the knockout before edging out Sydney Sixers in the Challenger by four wickets.
Brisbane had to make three changes last game, with Sam Heazlett, Nathan McSweeney and Max Bryant coming in. The side will depend on Josh Brown, Jimmy Peirson and Sam Hain in the batting department. The Heat have a decent bowling attack with Spencer Johnson, Michael Neser and Matthew Kuhnemann in good form.
Squad: Sam Heazlett, Josh Brown, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Max Bryant, Michael Neser, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann
How to Watch Big Bash in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
You will need to flick onto Sky Sports Cricket if you want to watch every delivery of this game on the TV. Alternatively, cricket fans can stream all of the match live via Sky Go.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- SkyGo app (Streaming)