The Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers battle it out for a place in Saturday’s final against the Sydney Sixers.
Thursday’s Preliminary Final is set to be a classic, and we have a full game preview, betting predictions and exotic betting tips.
Big Bash League Preliminary Final
Brisbane Heat vs. Perth Scorchers @ Manuka Oval
Perth was dealt a harsh blow in regards to the scheduling for this game. It was meant to be in Perth, but the recent lockdown forced this game to move to Canberra.
However, the Scorchers could have bigger problems than playing at Manuka Oval. Its effort against the Sydney Sixers was a disaster, and they’ll do well to recover from that effort.
Perth set a total of 167 runs, which is a decent total. However, it was gunned down by the Sixers in 17 overs. Making matters worse, Sydney lost only one wicket in the chase, so Perth’s potent bowling attack was kept in check.
It was a shock to the system for Perth, which had won its three previous games. The Scorchers made an impressive mid-season run, but it could all be for nothing on Thursday.
Brisbane looked toast at the start of the season, but wins at its last two games was enough to make the playoffs. A win over the Adelaide Strikers, followed by a win over Sydney, was enough to see them earn a spot in the prelim final.
The Heat limited Adelaide to just 130 runs, and they chased down the total with only one wicket down. It was a comprehensive display, but they needed to do more work to beat the Thunder.
Sydney was one of the form teams in the Big Bash League, and they had Brisbane 10/2, but Sam Heazlett and captain Jimmy Peirson knuckled down to combine for 117 runs.
In the bowling ranks, it was Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Swepson and Mark Steketee, who teared through the Thunder’s batting ranks.
We priced Brisbane as the slight favourites, but bookmakers have sided with Perth at $1.70. We see value with the Brisbane Heat at a neutral venue, and we expect the big bat of Chris Lynn to come up trumps.
Both teams have quality bowling attacks, but with the improving Marnus Labuschagne now in the squad, it has added another dimension to this team.
Take the $2.15 for the Heat, which is an excellent price for punters.
Bet: Brisbane Heat @ $2.15 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Heat Top Runscorer Tips
The Brisbane Heat team is stacked with quality batsmen, but leading the charge is Chris Lynn.
Being an opener isn’t easy in the Big Bash, as you face the best bowling attack. However, he is due a big performance after getting out for only 10 runs against Sydney.
Lynn is the most successful batter in Heat history, and he loves clearing the ropes for six runs. We expect to see fireworks from the big-hitting Lynn, and he has respect in betting markets.
He is the current favourite at $3.30, which is a fair price given his ability to score big totals.
Bet: Chris Lynn @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Scorchers Top Runscorer Tips
Colin Munro has plenty of experience to call on, and he is one of the more exciting players in this game.
The former New Zealand international can be hot and cold with the bat, but there’s no doubting his aggressiveness at the crease.
Punters know early on if Munro is going to have a big night, and we hope he can get Perth off to a positive first five overs.
If Munro scores around 30 runs in the first 6-8 overs, expect him to kick on with it. If he scores over 50 runs, he should not only lead Perth in the run scoring department, but he could also lead Perth to victory.
Bet: Colin Munro @ $4 – Bet @ Sportsbet
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