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Big Bash League: Scorchers and Heat ready to fire in BBL12 final

There has never been a hotter Big Bash League final as the Scorchers take on the Heat in the Furnace at Optus Stadium where temperatures could hit 40C.

The Perth Scorchers booked their place in the final a week ago when they beat the Sydney Sixers at Optus, but many thought that a re-match between the two sides would be on the cards in the big dance.

However the Brisbane Heat had something to say about that and they pulled off a big surprise to beat the Sixers by four wickets on Thursday night.

After restricting Sydney to 9-116 off their 20 overs, the Heat passed the total with 10 balls remaining to set up a date with the Scorchers. Perth will of course be the hot fancies on Saturday.

They have been team of the tournament so far and will backed by the vast majority of an expected 60,000 crowd at Optus. However the Heat have caused more than one upset in BBL12 and will be confident of producing one more on Saturday. 

Excitement is building so let’s take a closer look at both teams as we head into the final showdown.

What:Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat
Where:Optus Stadium, Perth
When:19:30 (AEST) Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel Go, Kayo Sports
Odds:Scorchers 2/5, Heat 2/1

Scorchers eye title number five

The Perth Scorchers have been the team of BBL12 so far and are now just one game away from winning yet another title. 

The men from Western Australia clinched BBL11 despite being forced to spend most of the campaign away from home. Now back in Perth they have moved their game on to another level. They finished top of the ladder when winning 11 out of 14 games in the regular season.

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Then they defeated the Sydney Sixers to make yet another final. Now it is the Brisbane Heat that stand between them and winning the title for a fifth time. There will be no complacency in the Scorchers camp and they know they will need to be at their best to see off a Heat side that is full of team spirit.

The Scorchers are also a close-knit group and such team spirit has also been crucial to their success over the years. They looked to be in a spot of bother against the Sixers but two best mates, Ashton Turner and Cameron Bancroft combined at the crease to get them over the line.

That spirit runs throughout the camp and should serve them well against the Heat. Turner top-scored against the Sixers with 84 not-out and is priced at 11/2 to be Perth’s top scorer once again in the final.

Scorchers face selection dilemma

The Scorchers do face a dilemma with their bowling attack and who will replace Lance Morris who has jetted off with the Australian Test side.

Matthew Kelly is available again after missing the Sixers clash with concussion and looks set to get the nod to step in. However spin bowler Peter Hatzoglou is also an option and coach Adam Voges has a tough decision to make.

Brisbane can manage the Heat

The Heat have upset the odds to make it through to the BBL12 final, and who is to say they cannot do it again. Not many will have given them a chance against the Sixers on Thursday night. Especially with no Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne in the side.

However they did not need them and that goes to show the team spirit and quality the Heat have within their ranks. They got the job done at the SCG and will look to repeat the performance at Optus.

Michael Neser was the star of the show at the SCG, taking 2-28 off four overs with the ball and finishing 48 not-out off 32 deliveries with the bat as the Heat chased down 116.

Neser is 12/1 to do the same with the bat against Perth, while he is also 11/4 to be the Heat’s top bowler. The Heat will not have had much time to recover following the Sixers win but captain Jimmy Pierson believes that is a good thing.

“When you’re on a roll, you just want to keep the momentum going,” Pierson said. “A short turnaround is probably the best thing for us.” The Heat are set to be unchanged from the side that shocked the Sixers.

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