Analysis for the match.
You would expect the surface at the Gabba to significantly favor batting and a high scoring encounter may well be in prospect with both sides containing some big-hitting batters at their disposal. Melbourne Stars contain the more explosive players as a whole with the likes of Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Andre Russell all at their disposal alongside Joe Clarke, whilst Brisbane Heat could really do with Chris Lynn firing on their home ground during the powerplay. However, the forecast for this match is gloomy, with thundery showers likely to disrupt play significantly. With that in mind, be sure not to make any moves until closer to the start of play. On paper, the firepower of the Stars is superior to that of the Heat, so backing the visiting side to win is worth considering should the rain stay clear of the ground.
Must see points.
1). Brisbane Heat will be jubilant with their previous win and will be more confident of the two sides
2). At the moment, Melbourne Stars are a little too over-reliant on Glenn Maxwell and just that might not cut it against a power-packed side like Brisbane Heat
3). Brisbane Heat seems to be back in form with the bat and the likes of Chris Lynn, Jason Sangha, Max Bryant can be dangerous to deal with in such situation
Head to Head
Total Matches - 14
Brisbane Heat - 9
Melbourne Stars - 5
Tied - 0
Match Prediction : Team to bat first, to win the match.
1). If BRH won the toss and opted to bat first, they could score 150-170 runs.
2). If MLS won the toss and opted to bat first, they could score 155-175 runs.
1). Glenn Maxwell total runs - Over 22.5
Glenn Maxwell has been outstanding for the Stars in the ongoing edition of the BBL. He has clearly been the standout batter for his team in the championship. The veteran has notched 175 runs from five matches at an average of 35 and most importantly, a strike rate of 150.86.
2). Mitchell Swepson total runs - Over 19.5
Mitchell Swepson has played only two matches and has found his feet for the Heat in the championship. In two matches, the leg-spinner has picked up three wickets, most importantly at an economy rate of 7.25. The Stars’ batters need to play him with a lot of caution.
Match 23 of the 2021-22 BBL sees Brisbane Heat host Melbourne Stars at the Gabba on Monday evening. There is only one point between the two sides with Brisbane Heat in 5th and Melbourne Stars in 7th. Both teams have won two and lost three fixtures so far with Brisbane Heat picking up an additional bonus point.Read on as we preview this game. The match begins at 20:05 local time.
Brisbane Heat have gotten off to a start that is strikingly similar to the one they got last year. Despite getting off to a dreadful start last year, Brisbane Heat still managed to make a place for themselves in the knockouts and they will be eyeing a similar thing in this season as well. A win here in this upcoming match will bring them back into the thick of things and that is exactly what they'll be aiming for.
As it currently stands on the ladder, Brisbane Heat are placed at the fifth spot with two wins in five matches, aggregating to a total of 8 points. Coupled with that, they have a net run rate of -0.178, which is something that will improve as a bi-product if they are able to win a few matches on the trot.
Melbourne Stars have clearly underperformed in the season up until now and they will be kicking themselves. They got off the worst possible start, getting a record drubbing at the hands of Sydney Sixers. Bouncing back from that kind of win would have been difficult, but the Stars showed their character to rack two wins since then. Having said that, they have blown hot and cold in the tournament so far and will be looking to get a tad more consistent.
Despite winning two matches in the tournament, the Stars are placed at the seventh spot on the ladder with a rather poor net run rate of -1.551. It is just the time that the Stars would want to kick on. A couple of back to back wins will take them back to the hunt and that is precisely what they will be after.
Time - Dec 27th, 03:35 PM, IST.
Venue - The Gabba - Brisbane, Australia.
The pitch at the Gabba has been a decent one for batting in the tournament. But the track may get difficult to bat as the game progresses. Hence, teams may avoid chasing on this surface. A fairly high-scoring game seems to be in the offing
In spite of an attacking bowling performance from Rashid Khan, Brisbane Heat picked up a strong 39 run win over Adelaide Strikers in their last game. They have a powerful middle order who can take away a game from any team in this format. It would be a big surprise to see any changes in the XI for this game.After a sloppy start to this season’s BBL, Brisbane Heat have won two of their last three games.
Possible XI - Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Kuhnemann, Liam Guthrie
There will be a clamor for changes from Melbourne Stars’ supporters after two defeats in a row. However, in truth, most of the players put in useful displays in the last game but were beaten by an excellent opening batting partnership. The Stars have a fully fit squad to select from.The Stars recorded back to back wins over Sydney Thunder but have now lost successive BBL games.
Possible XI - Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell (c), Andre Russell, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch
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