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Big Bash preview: Scorchers feeling the Heat

Brisbane Heat will be out to pick up back-to-back wins over Perth Scorchers when the two sides clash again on Saturday.

The Heat beat the Scorchers by 23 runs on Wednesday, a victory that means they are now guaranteed to finish top of the ladder at the end of the regular season.

Brisbane are now looking the side to beat in BBL 13 and they are priced at 2.40 to go all the way and win it, while the Scorchers are 2.87.

There is still a lot of cricket to be played but the Heat will take a lot of confidence from the win and will want to put on another show at Optus Stadium.

The Scorchers will not be panicking, but it is important that they get back to winning ways in front of another big crowd in the west.

WhatPerth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When15:15 (AEST) Saturday 13th, January 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo 
OddsPerth Scorchers 1.72, Brisbane Heat 2.10

Scorchers out for revenge

The Scorchers will be disappointed with the way they let the first game against the Heat slip through their fingers.

They had the home side at 91-5 at one point ,with Ashton Agar the pick of the bowlers with 2-29, while Jason Behrendorff also took 2-55.

However they were undone by Michael Neser, who came in at the end of the innings to smash 64 runs off 30 deliveries.

It helped the Heat to 191-6 and meant the Scorchers would have to complete a record run-chase to get the job done.

They fell just short despite the best efforts of Laurie Evans, who top-scored with 51 runs off 39 deliveries.

Josh Inglis was also going along nicely before being dismissed for 28 runs. Both batsmen will be in the mix to be Team – Top Batter in the re-match.

Back on home soil, the Scorchers pace attack is sure to play a big part and Lance Morris will be itching to get among the wickets again.

Heat ready for Optus test

A trip to Optus Stadium will provide a different challenge for the Heat, but they should still be on a high from the Gabba win.

Neser was the man of the moment for the Heat and his knock of 64 runs effectively won them the game.

The all-rounder also did a solid job with ball in hand when taking 2-31, and it is no surprise he was named Player of the Match.

Xavier Bartlet, Spencer Johnson and Paul Walter also took two wickets each as the Scorchers made 168-9 off their 20 overs.

The Heat do have injury concerns over Colin Munro, who was unable to field on Wednesday, and they will be hoping he comes good.

The bat flip could be crucial as the Heat are enjoying great success when batting first, and they will probably do the same in Perth if given the chance.

They can be backed at 1.90 to win the Bat Flip.

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