Melbourne Stars start the Season against Brisbane Heat!
Melbourne Stars will win the match!
Melbourne Stars play against Brisbane Heat in their opening match for this season. Melbourne Stars ended up as runners-up last season. They are yet to win BBL title in their 8 appearances and have ended as runners-up twice in the years 2015-16 & 2018-19.
They will look to end their drought with a title this season and look the start with a positive note. Brisbane Heat lost their first match against Sydney Thunder by 29 runs. They will look to win this match and get their first points on the table. Both teams will look to win this match and build momentum going ahead in the tournament.
Brisbane Heat failed to chase down the target of 172 runs last match. No batsmen crossed 30 runs in the match. Matt Renshaw and Ben Cutting came up with a start but failed to anchor the chase. They have explosive top order with the likes of skipper Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, and Tom Banton. They are waiting for Marnus Labuschagne and AB De Villiers to further strengthen their batting. Spinners Zakir Khan and Michael Swepson bowled with good control and had combines figures of 6-0-38-2 last match. Josh Lalor, Ben Cutting, Ben Laughlin, and Mathew Steketee chipped in with a wicket each but gave away runs at 9 RPO. Their fast bowlers need to cut down the scoring rate to pressurize the batsmen consistently.
Chris Lynn – Lynn was at his brutal best in the recently concluded T10 league and we can expect his fireworks in this season`s BBL too. A good performance here might give a place in the national team for the home World cup next year.
Zakir Khan – Afghani Chinaman spinner Zakir Khan bowled superbly for his match figures of 4-0-27-0. He will look to trouble the batsmen with his variations and wrong ones in this match to pick some wickets.
Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (c), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee, Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Mitchell Swepson, Zahir Khan, Tom Banton (wk), Max Bryant
Ben Cutting, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin, Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw, Chris Lynn, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Jimmy Peirson, Max Bryant, Tom Banton
Glenn Maxwell returns top competitive cricket after his break and leads the Melbourne Stars team. Marcus Stoinis is expected to open the batting with Ben Dunk for this season too. Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, Nic Maddinson, and Peter Handscomb are expected to slot in the middle order of the team. Nathan Coulternile and Daniel Worall are expected to lead the bowling attack with likes of Lance Morris and Jackson Coleman waiting up the wings.
Patrick Brown has been added as cover for Dale Steyn in the team. Sandeep Lamichchame and Adam Zampa are spin bowling options available in the team and are vastly experienced, T20 players.
Ben Dunk – Ben Dunk was the top scorer in the MSL2019 season and he is in a purple patch currently. We can expect him to make an impact in the BBL too.
Adam Zampa – Zampa is the best-limited overs spinner in Australia currently. He will look to trouble the batsmen consistently combining with the Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichchame.
Glenn Maxwell (C), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, Nic Maddinson, Peter Handscomb (Wk), Nathan Coulternile, Daniel Worall, Sandeep Lamichchame, Adam Zampa, Patrick Brown
Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Haris Rauf, Clint Hinchliffe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, D Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben Dunk
The weather looks bright and sunny and we can expect a full match between these two teams with no interruptions.
Queensland is pitch which has good balance between bat and ball. We can expect scores in range of 160-170 runs in this match.
Chasing is the safest team in the T20Is especially. Both teams will look to chase down the target.
Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat have a good explosive batting unit and proven T20 spinners in form of Zampa, Lamichchame, Swepson and Zakir Khan.
Brisbane Heat is too reliant on the top three and doesn’t have an experienced pace bowler who can control the run rate in death overs. We expect Melbourne stars to win this match!
Melbourne Stars will win the match!