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Men’s BBL 2023: PS vs BH Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat (PS vs BH)

Date: February 4, Saturday, 3.45 PM IST

Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth

The Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat are set to face off in the final of the Big Bash League 2022-23 on Saturday, February 4 at the Perth Stadium.

The Scorchers, led by Ashton Turner, finished at the top of the table in the league stage with 22 points and a net run rate of +1.205. They have won their last four matches on a trot and are simply unstoppable. In the Qualifier, they beat the Sydney Sixers by seven wickets to make it to the final. Their bowlers did a good job as the Sixers were able to score only 151 runs batting first. David Payne picked up three wickets while Jason Behrendorff chipped in with two each. Later in the game, the Scorchers chased down the target in 18.3 overs on the back of an unbeaten half century from Cameron Bancroft.

The Heat, on the other hand, were once on the brink of getting eliminated from the tournament but made a remarkable comeback and are now into the final after defeating Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers in the knockouts. However, they will be missing a few key players in the big game, including Usman Khawaja, Matthew Renshaw and Marnus Labuschagne, who are in India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Ahead of the final game of BBL 2023, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for PS vs BH, BBL 2023

The pitch at the Perth Stadium has been balanced in the few games of this season that have been played there so far. The average first innings score from those few games is 152 runs.

Overall, a total of 7 T20Is have been played at this venue, of which five have been won by the teams bowling first. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bowl first. The average first innings score is 133, while the average second innings score is 134. The highest and lowest T20 total recorded at this venue is 208 for 6 and 112 for 10.

The weather in Perth will be mostly pleasant with no chances of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 17 to 20 degrees.

Brisbane Heat team news and predicted XI

Team news: Brisbane Heat are without Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw and Mitch Swepson, all of whom are in India for a Test series.

Squad: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Sam Billings, Max Bryant, Sam Hain, Sam Heazlett, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munro, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Ross Whiteley, Jack Wildermuth, Spencer Johnson, Will Prestwidge, Josh Brown

Predicted XI: Sam Heazlett, Josh Brown, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson, Max Bryant, Michael Neser, Michael Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matt Kuhnemann

Perth Scorchers team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Scorchers won both previous meetings between these two teams this season and will thus be high on confidence. In the final, they will be without Ashton Agar and Lance Morris, who are in India for the Border Gavaskar Trophy.  Jhye Richardson, meanwhile, has been recovering from a hamstring injury but there is no confirmation on his availability.

Squad: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Cameron Green, Laurie Evans, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Mitch Marsh, Tymal Mills, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Phil Salt, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Faf du Plessis, Adam Lyth, Stephen Eskinazi, Hamish McKenzie, David Payne 

Predicted XI: Steven Eskinazi, Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Ashton Turner, Cooper Connolly, Nick Hobson, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, David Payne, Peter Hatzolgou

Head to head record

Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat have played each other 19 times in the BBL, where the Scorchers have emerged victorious in 12 games while the Heat have seven wins. In the last 5 matches played between the two sides, the Scorchers have won four.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI PS vs BH, BBL 2023

Josh Inglis – wicketkeeper batsman, Perth Scorchers

Josh Inglis has been the Scorchers’ most consistent performer this season, even though he was out on a duck in the previous game against the Sixers. He is their second leading run scorer with 405 runs from 14 innings at a strike rate of over 148. That also makes him the second-leading run-scorer of the on-going season.

Aaron Hardie – all-rounder, Perth Scorchers

Aaron Hardie was able to score not more than nine runs against the Sixers in the last game but is their leading run scorer with 443 runs from 14 games with four half-centuries. In both the previous encounters against Heat this season, Hardie scored a half-century and will now look to make it three out of three. In all, the uncapped big hitting batsman has a T20 strike rate of almost 137 and is a good pick for your MPL team’s captaincy.

Michael Neser – all-rounder, Brisbane Heat

The Australian all-rounder played a match-winning knock of 48* off 32 and took two wickets against the Sixers in the Challenger to help Heat make the final. In all this season, Neser has taken 26 wickets and has scored 141 runs.

Andrew Tye – bowler, Perth Scorchers

The fast bowler conceded 39 runs against the Sixers and was a bit expensive on the day, but has overall done well this season. Tye is the leading wicket-taker for the Scorchers with 25 wickets from 15 innings.

James Bazley – all-rounder, Brisbane Heat

James Bazley conceded just six runs from his two-over spell against the Sixers in the last game and has overall taken16 wickets while also chipping in with 115 runs with the bat.

MPL fantasy XI – PS vs BH, BBL 2023

Wicketkeepers: Jimmy Peirson, Josh Inglis

Batters: Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancraft, Josh Brown

Allrounders: Michael Neser, Aaron Hardie, James Bazley

Bowlers: Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Matthew Kuhnemann

PS vs BH – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat game at the BBL 2023 will televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 3.45 PM IST on February 4.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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