Big Bash League 2021 is becoming more exciting with each passing match, and we are quickly approaching the point where the teams in the bottom half of the points table will need to get a move on. Brisbane Head made their debut in their previous match and will be looking for more victories in their upcoming matches. Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, have been unable to recover from a poor start.
Next up in the competition, the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat will square off in what will be a high-stakes match for both teams. They are both still in the bottom half of the points table, and this match will be an opportunity for both of them to make a solid run towards the top half.
The game will take place on December 27, 2021, at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Match Details to Note
Match: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 23rd Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: December 27, 2021 (Monday)
Time: 3:35 PM IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Team Previews
In the previous game, Jimmy Peirson’s team earned a crucial victory. They batted well to put up a big score and beat the Adelaide Strikers by 39 runs in the previous game. They will face a greater challenge in their next game against the Melbourne Stars. Their opponents have a strong batting lineup, and Peirson would like his bowlers to perform well in this match.
Max Bryant and Chris Lynn, who have yet to deliver as a pair, are expected to get the team off to a good start in this game. The middle order is looking strong, with Tom Cooper, Ben Duckett, and Sam Heazlett all scoring runs, which will boost the team’s confidence. In order to put up a big score, they’d need big hitting from Peirson and James Bazley.
On the bowling front, the team would need a strong performance from Mark Steketee, who impressed in the previous game. Matthew Kuhnemann needs to get his act together after allowing runs in the previous game. Mujeeb ur Rahman must bring his experience to the table and keep Bazley and Liam Guthrie in check in the middle overs.
Brisbane Heat Squad
Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper, Jimmy Peirson (wk/c), James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Mark Steketee, Liam Guthrie, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Cameron Gannon, Matthew Kuhnemann, Nathan McSweeney, Jack Wildermuth
Predicted XI: Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Kuhnemann, Liam Guthrie
Glenn Maxwell would be dissatisfied with the current form of his bowlers. The team has now lost two games in a row as a result of their poor performance. They were defeated by the Hobart Hurricanes by a score of 24 runs in their previous game, and Maxwell would like his players to make a strong comeback. He’d like to see more disciplined efforts from his bowlers in this game.
Openers Marcus Stoinis and Joe Clarke have struggled as a pair, and the team would like to see them put on a better performance in this game. Maxwell appears to be in good shape, and he joins Joe Burns in bolstering the middle order. They have one of the best hitters on the team in Andre Russell, and he would look to add quick runs with Hilton Cartwright and Beau Webster.
Brody Couch and Maxwell would need to get off to a good start with the new ball in this game after bowling poor lines against the Hurricanes. The return of Adam Zampa to the starting lineup would be a huge boost. Nathan Coulter-Nile performed admirably in the previous game, and he and Qais Ahmed will look to continue bowling tight lines in the middle overs.
Melbourne Stars Squad
Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke(w), Glenn Maxwell(c), Joe Burns, Andre Russell, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch, Samuel Elliott, Nick Larkin, Peter Nevill, Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa
Predicted XI: Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Joe Burns, Andre Russell, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Toss Prediction
Historically, most teams have won the toss and preferred to bat first. The wicket holds up well throughout the game, and big scores can be easily chased here. We expect this trend to continue, and the team that wins the toss will almost certainly choose to bowl first in the game.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Gabba in Brisbane is a good T20 venue because of its smaller size, which provides plenty of scoring opportunities for batsmen. Fast bowlers benefit from the surface as well and have done well in the past. It is a difficult venue for spinners because there is little room for error.
The weather forecast for Brisbane on December 27 predicts rain, and we should be lucky to see the entire game without interruptions. The ball would do a lot of things on the surface, and batsmen would have to play to the ball’s strengths. In this game, the team batting first would be content with 170 runs.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Prediction
It will be an interesting game because both teams have had a similar season so far. The Brisbane Heat will be confident after their win in the previous game, but the challenge will be to show consistency. The Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, have one of the best batting lineups in the tournament, putting them slightly ahead of the Brisbane Heat and making them favourites to win here.
Melbourne Stars is the favourite to beat Brisbane Heat at the odds of 1.65.
- The Melbourne Stars have a strong batting lineup that includes Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell, and Marcus Stoinis.
- The inconsistency of Brisbane Heat openers Max Bryant and Chris Lynn is concerning for the team.
- The Melbourne Stars’ attack is strong thanks to Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa.