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Toss Winner - Brisbane Heat won the toss and chose to bat first
Melbourne Stars beat Brisbane Heat by 8 wickets
Stars’ quest for a win to keep playoff hopes alive
Melbourne Stars to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is a must-win game for the Melbourne Stars as they take on the Brisbane Heat in the 51st game of the Big Bash League 2021-22. They played poorly in the last game against Adelaide Strikers and suffered a heavy defeat. Brisbane Heat also come here with a loss against the Strikers, and they have lost all hopes of making it to the next round of the tournament.
It has been a terrible show for Brisbane Heat leading up to this game. They have lost three games in a row and suffered big defeats. Most of their key players are in poor form and this is hurting the side’s confidence. It will be interesting to see if the Melbourne Stars can win this game and keep their hopes alive for a berth in the next round.
Glenn Maxwell would be terribly upset with the loss against the Adelaide Strikers in the last game. It was a disastrous show from their batsmen that resulted in the loss for the side. They need to win this game to keep their chances of a place in the playoffs alive and Maxwell shall look for a good show from his players. He would look to exploit the lack of form in the Brisbane Heat camp.
The side would expect to see a good start in this game from Glenn Maxwell and Joe Clarke after their failure in the last game. The middle order has good hitters of the ball in Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright and they would be expected to do the big hitting here. Joe Burns and Clint Hinchliffe add good firepower to the side down the order and they will have an important role to play in this game.
Ahmed Daniyal bowled poorly in the last game, and he would have to do well here sharing the new ball with Sam Rainbird. Adam Zampa took a hit in the last game and as the best bowler in the side he would have to bowl tight spells. They would also look for disciplined bowling efforts from the likes of Brody Couch, Hinchliffe and Maxwell in this important game.
Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Beau Webster, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Burns, Brody Couch, Ahmed Daniyal, Clint Hinchliffe, Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa
Hilton Cartwright, Ahmed Daniyal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Joe Burns, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Sam Rainbird, BJ Webster, Glenn Maxwell
Three wins in eleven games is all that Chris Lynn and his boys can boast about this season. It has been a terrible show from the side, and they have struggled with the inconsistency of their key players this season. They went down by 71 runs against Adelaide Strikers in their previous game. The side lost all hopes of making it to the next round and shall look for a consolation win in this game.
Nathan McSweeney and Lynn have struggled with their form and the side would expect to see a positive start from them here. Ben Duckett and Sam Heazlett must bring their experience to play and do well in the middle order along with Lachlan Pfeffer. Xavier Bartlett, Will Prestwidge and Jake Lehmann haven’t been at their best and the side would need them to deliver in this game.
Liam Guthrie and Bartlett bowled poor lines in the last game, and they would have to come up with tighter spells in this game. Mujeeb ur Rahman has been ineffective and the side would have big expectations from him in this game. They have depth in the bowling but shall expect consistency from Matthew Kuhnemann, Nathan McSweeney and Prestwidge in this game.
Chris Lynn (c), Nathan McSweeney, Lachlan Pfeffer (wk), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jake Lehmann, Xavier Bartlett, Will Prestwidge, Matthew Kuhnemann, Liam Guthrie, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mark Steketee, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Duckett, Lachlan Pfeffer, James Bazley, Nathan McSweeney, Michael Neser, Matthew Kuhnemann, Chris Lynn
January 16 would see clear skies over Melbourne, and we expect to see a good game of cricket. The wicket has been slightly challenging to bat on and we have seen a strong of low scoring games here. The side batting first in this game would be happy with a score of 160 runs.
Melbourne Cricket Ground has a good surface for batting and batsmen can play their strokes freely on this surface. Fast bowlers also do get good assistance from the wicket with the new ball. Spinners have done well here as the large size of the ground offers them extra protection from big shots.
The surface has been slow in MCG this season and sides have struggled to put up big scores on the board. The side batting first has won only once in the six games that have been played so far. Hence, the team winning the toss would have little hesitation in opting to bowl.
Brisbane Heat have struggled since the start of the season. Their batting has been in shambles, and this has cost them dearly. The side would have to produce a special performance to win this game. The Melbourne Stars have a strong batting line-up and back it up with good strength in the bowling department. This would make them favorites to win this game.
Melbourne Stars to win
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