Cricket Match Information:
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars cricket game will be the second cricket game of Brisbane Heat and the first game for Melbourne Stars in the ninth season of Big Bash League. This will be the ninth season of the tournament. The final will be played on 27th January. In the last season of Big Bash League, Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat ended up at fourth and fifth spot respectively after the group stage. Stars ended up as the runners-up eventually, whereas Heat crashed out. Our prediction expert reckons it is going to be an important game of cricket for Heat who suffered a big loss in their last cricket game.
- Tournament: Big Bash League
- Cricket Match format: T20
- Cricket match time: 1:40 pm IST
- Cricket match date: 20.12.2019
- Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland
- Weather: Pleasant, Temperature: 28 degrees, Thunderstorms: 0%
- Team A: Brisbane Heat
- Team B: Melbourne Stars
- Team A Captain: Chris Lynn
- Team B Captain: Glenn Maxwell
Brisbane Heat are being led by Chris Lynn in this cricket series. They were led by Lynn last year as well. While the ‘Bash Brothers’ are no longer there, with Brendon McCullum having retired, the onus of bashing now lies with Lynn.
Brisbane Heat lost to Sydney Thunder in the opening match of the ninth Big Bash League. They would be hoping Lynn, along with the other core group of the side, can get Heat back to winning ways.
Heat finished at the fifth spot last year and would like to make amends this year. The side has a nice mixture of some international stars and upcoming domestic talents. The news that made the biggest noise was the signing of AB de Villiers. He is going to be available from January till the end of the season and that is great news for Heat’s fans.
Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Brisbane Heat’s playing XI:
- Chris Lynn
- Max Bryant
- Tom Banton
- Ben Cutting
- Zahir Khan
- JK Lalor
- MJ Swepson
- Ben Laughlin
- Matt Renshaw
- Sam Heazlett
- MT Steketee
Melbourne Stars are going to be led by Glenn Maxwell in this season of Big Bash League. They finished at the runners-up spot last year after losing the derby against Melbourne Renegades.
Melbourne Stars will be all about allrounders. With Dwayne Bravo, Marcus Stoinis and Maxwell, they have three superstars and their journey in this cricket tournament will largely depend on their performances.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of Sandeep Lamichhane and Dale Steyn in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of Melbourne Stars’ playing XI:
- Dale Steyn
- Marcus Stoinis
- Ben Dunk
- Adam Zampa
- Glenn Maxwell
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
- Peter Handscomb
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Hilton Cartwright
- Patrick Brown
- Tom O Connell
Expert Prediction: BH vs MS
The ninth season of Big Bash League is here. The tournament will be played over a period of 42 days and a total number of five teams will have the chance to qualify for the finals, instead of the usual four teams.
As per the new format, the teams finishing in the top two will be rewarded for their consistency, unlike in previous seasons. While the winner of the ‘qualifier’ played between the top two teams will reach the final straightaway, the loser will play the ‘challenger’ against the winner of the ‘knockout’ which is going to be played between the sides that finished third and winner of the ‘eliminator’.
The Eliminator is a newly introduced knockout feature which will be played between the teams finishing at number fourth and fifth on the points table. Hence, out of the eight teams, five teams will have a chance to play the final and win the tournament.
Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars are going to lock horn in this game of cricket. In the last five encounters between the two sides, Heat have been the winner on four occasions while Stars have won only one match. However, franchise cricket should not be judged across the years as teams change quite frequently over the years.
Our prediction is of a winning start for Melbourne Stars. Stars seem to have more depth in their squad while Heat are still trying to find their right balance.
Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will definitely look to bowl first as the T20 game is hugely a chase-friendly format. Hence, irrespective of the conditions, our prediction is that the team winning the toss would like to bowl first.
Who will win? – Melbourne Stars
Top Batsman – Tom Banton (BH), Glenn Maxwell (MS)
Top Bowler – JK Lalor (BH), Sandeep Lamichhane (MS)
Most Sixes – Tom Banton (BH), Glenn Maxwell (MS)
Man of the Match – Glenn Maxwell (MS)
Team Scores Batting first – Brisbane Heat (140+), Melbourne Stars (170+)
Our Official Partner Odds for Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars
Brisbane Heat – 1.83
Melbourne Stars – 1.83
*odds may change anytime