Brisbane Heat
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Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 23rd Match BBL 2021/22

27 Dec 2021, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Big Bash League 11
Melbourne Stars win by 20 runs
Home TeamBrisbane Heat
Away TeamMelbourne Stars
SeriesBig Bash League 11
UmpiresGerard Abood
Troy Penman
Steven Farrell
Match RefereeKepler Wessels

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Match Prediction – Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 23rd Match BBL 2021/2022

Brisbane Heat will collide with Melbourne Stars in the 23rd match of the Big Bash League 2021. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles this season and having played five games, have won twice.

Despite losing their first two matches against Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Heat bounced back on a strong note with a win over Melbourne Renegades. They defeated the side ranked at the bottom of the table by five wickets. Heat suffered yet another heavy loss in the reverse fixture against Sydney Thunder but they followed it up with a commanding 39-run win over Adelaide Strikers. Heat scored over 200 runs in the previous match and they will be high on confidence after a resolute performance from the batting order.

With eight points from two wins, Brisbane Heat are fifth in the table. They are two points behind Hobart Hurricanes in third and trail Sydney Thunder in fourth position by a single point. Brisbane Heat have a Net Run Rate of -0.178.

Melbourne Stars have won just two games so far this season. Both wins arrived against Sydney Thunder. Melbourne Stars have suffered heavy losses at the hands of Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers, including the 152-run mauling in the season opener. Despite having one of the most fearsome power-hitting units in the entire league, the lack of chemistry and an orchestrated effort has been quite evident. They would want to get back to winning ways soon.

Stars are second from bottom as things stand. They have seven points and are level on points with Adelaide Strikers. They have a Net Run Rate of -1.551 and trail Brisbane Heat by a single point.

As far as the head-to-head record is concerned, Brisbane Heat have a commanding advantage. They have won nine games while Melbourne Stars have won only on five occasions. Brisbane Heat have also enjoyed a better time recently with three wins in their last five matches against Melbourne Stars.

Head-to-head record

Wins: Brisbane Heat 9, Melbourne Stars 5

Last 5 matches: Brisbane Heat 3, Melbourne Stars 2

Who will win today’s match?

The surface at The Gabba is expected to favour batting and we could have a high-scoring encounter on the cards. While Melbourne Stars aren’t short on firing options with the likes of Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Andre Russell at their disposal, Brisbane Heat will rely once again on Chris Lynn’s fireworks. Although they have been dismal so far, Melbourne Stars have a stronger squad on paper and they’ll be desperate for a win here.

Tom Abell is out for Brisbane Heat with a hip injury and Mitchell Swepson has been drafted into Australia’s extended squad for the Ashes. Heat included Matt Kuhnemann and Liam Guthrie in their squad for the previous outing. All-rounder Jack Wildermuth was also included in the squad after missing the last two matches due to a back problem.

This is expected to be the final match for Andre Russell who was signed on a short-term deal. He would love to have a major impact here before flying back home.

The signing of Ben Duckett has proven to be positive for Brisbane Heat. Duckett scored 78 off 47 deliveries and set the tone for the team’s victory against Adelaide Strikers. Chris Lynn’s continued failings with the bat will be a major cause of concern for Heat.

Despite having a plethora of stars in their arsenal, Melbourne Stars are second from bottom in the points table and need to start firing soon.

Game changers for Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 23rd Match BBL 2021/22

Ben Duckett had an instant impact for Brisbane Heat in the last game and he’d like to have a major say against Melbourne Stars. Despite Chris Lynn’s poor form, one can never take him lightly.

Having players like Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell and Adam Zampa is a privilege and Melbourne Stars will be looking to make that count in this game.

Who will be the best match bowler?

Mark Sketekee has bowled tremendously well so far. In two games, he has picked up five wickets and has an average economy rate of 7.37. Sketekee’s overs will be crucial while bowling to the likes of Stoinis, Maxwell and Russell.

Who will win today’s man of the match?

Glenn Maxwell was back to his very best in the most recent encounter against Sydney Sixers. Although he failed to snatch a win for Melbourne Stars, his innings was massive takeaway for the team. One can also expect Marcus Stoinis and Andre Russell to be among the contenders for Man of the Match.

Who will be the best batsman for Brisbane Heat?

Ben Duckett was phenomenal in the previous match against Adelaide Strikers. He scored 78 runs off 47 deliveries and his knock included 10 fours and 2 sixes. Duckett will look to continue with the same momentum in this game.

Who will be the best batsman for Melbourne Stars?

Glenn Maxwell scored a sensational century against Sydney Sixers recently. The Big Show accumulated 103 runs in just 57 deliveries and his knock included 12 fours and 3 sixes! Maxwell is likely to be at his best here as well.

Match Scorecard

  • Scorecard
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Marcus Stoinis c Jimmy Peirson b Mark Steketee 0 2 0 0 0
    Joe Clarke b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 85 44 7 5 193.18
    Joe Burns b Liam Guthrie 2 6 0 0 33.33
    Glenn Maxwell c Liam Guthrie b Mark Steketee 2 4 0 0 50
    Hilton Cartwright c Ben Duckett b Liam Guthrie 79 44 1 8 179.55
    Andre Russell lbw Matthew Kuhnemann 0 2 0 0 0
    Beau Webster c Mark Steketee b James Bazley 6 7 0 0 85.71
    Nathan Coulter-Nile c Max Bryant b Mark Steketee 1 4 0 0 25
    Qais Ahmad c Ben Duckett b James Bazley 16 6 2 1 266.67
    Adam Zampa not out 4 2 1 0 200
    Total (20 Ov, RR: 10.35) 207/9
    Mark Steketee 4 0 40 3 10 1 0
    Liam Guthrie 4 0 70 2 17.5 6 1
    Matthew Kuhnemann 4 0 24 1 6 0 0
    James Bazley 4 0 40 2 10 2 0
    Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4 0 31 1 7.75 0 0
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Max Bryant c Andre Russell b Brody Couch 2 2 0 0 100
    Chris Lynn c Andre Russell b Qais Ahmad 57 34 3 5 167.65
    Tom Cooper c Glenn Maxwell b Brody Couch 8 3 2 0 266.67
    Ben Duckett c Hilton Cartwright b Nathan Coulter-Nile 54 35 6 2 154.29
    Sam Heazlett c Beau Webster b Brody Couch 26 15 2 1 173.33
    Jimmy Peirson run out (Hilton Cartwright) 2 2 0 0 100
    James Bazley b Qais Ahmad 2 5 0 0 40
    Mark Steketee b Adam Zampa 3 11 0 0 27.27
    Matthew Kuhnemann c Glenn Maxwell b Qais Ahmad 9 4 2 0 225
    Mujeeb Ur Rahman not out 3 5 0 0 60
    Liam Guthrie not out 11 4 1 1 275
    Total (20 Ov, RR: 9.35) 187/9
    Brody Couch 3 0 34 3 11.33 1 0
    Glenn Maxwell 4 0 30 0 7.5 0 0
    Nathan Coulter-Nile 3 0 32 1 10.66 0 0
    Adam Zampa 4 0 37 1 9.25 0 0
    Qais Ahmad 4 1 26 3 6.5 0 0
    Andre Russell 2 0 22 0 11 3 0
  • Match Details
  • Home TeamBrisbane Heat
    Away TeamMelbourne Stars
    SeriesBig Bash League 11
    UmpiresGerard Abood
    Troy Penman
    Steven Farrell
    Match RefereeKepler Wessels

Team Lineup

Brisbane Heat Melbourne Stars
Chris Lynn
Max Bryant
Tom Cooper
Ben Duckett
Sam Heazlett
Jimmy Peirson
James Bazley
Mark Steketee
Matthew Kuhnemann
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Liam Guthrie
Marcus Stoinis
Joe Clarke
Glenn Maxwell
Joe Burns
Andre Russell
Hilton Cartwright
Beau Webster
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Adam Zampa
Qais Ahmad
Brody Couch

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