Well, here we go! The Perth Scorchers will take on the Brisbane Heat in the Challenger Final at Manuka Oval as both teams dream of another BBL title.
After 59 matches across two months, we are down to just three remaining teams as one of these sides look to join the Sydney Sixers in the Final on Saturday night. Perth come into this off the back of a big loss to the Sixers where they were beaten by 9 wickets. The Heat carry the momentum of a brilliant comeback win against the Thunder into this one and will be keen to keep that form going here.
The Wolf is keen on the underdogs here, especially given their record as outsiders. Brisbane have won five of their last six games when the bookies rate them as underdogs and look like continuing that streak here.
They also come into this off a brilliant win against the Thunder who looked home and hosed until a brilliant knock by Sam Heazlett somehow carried the Heat to a great win. Momentum has been a massive factor all throughout this tournament and these two sides are on the opposite ends of the spectrum in that department. With the Scorchers licking their wounds following a massive loss to the Sixers, Brisbane look in the box seat to take full advantage.
The fact that skipper Chris Lynn has been struggling yet his side still winning, gives The Wolf even more confidence that Brisbane can win this one. Lynn only needs to perform marginally better than he has been and the Heat will look a stronger team than the last couple matches. He will be keen to perform in their biggest match of the season and carry his side to another final.
The Wolf is confident that Chris Lynn can put it all together when it matters. Lynn has been in good form for most of the tournament and fell to a rush of blood in their last match after looking good early. He has been a little disappointing recently but his form leading into the finals was outstanding.
The key for Lynn will be to see off the first few overs and just settle himself. He can easily cash in later on in an innings and just needs to spend some time at the crease. The last time he played against Perth he belted 51 from 25 so he doesn’t mind coming up against this bowling attack.
As is always the case in any sport, when the big matches come along, it is expected that your big guns stand up and be counted. Lynn was vocal all pre-season and throughout the tournament that he needs to take more responsibility for the Heat’s performances and The Wolf thinks tonight will be a perfect way for him to put this into action.
Good old Mitch Marsh is in the spotlight for this one. Marsh has had plenty of good moments throughout the tournament, and while not performing consistently he does have the ability to go big. Like Lynn, Marsh will want to lead from the front as skipper and do his part wherever he can.
Interestingly, he does enjoy playing against the Heat this season. Marsh has scored 50+ runs in each of his last two Big Bash matches against Brisbane – both of which were a few weeks ago. This sort of stat will give the big right-hander a massive amount of confidence and at the price, looks a great bet.
If the wickets fall early at the top of the order, Marsh will be the one who is tasked with steering the innings and he can hit them as well as anyone in the T20 arena. At around this price, he is worth a few peanuts and will give us a great sight if he can spend some time at the crease.
Same Game Multi
Leg 1: Scorchers 160+
Leg 2: Heat 160+
Leg 3: Heat H2H
Leg 4: Lynn 1+ Six
Leg 5: Labuschagne 20+