Brisbane Heat are set to take on Melbourne Stars in match 23 of Big Bash League (BBL). Heat are placed fifth on the points table, with two wins and three losses, while Stars are placed seventh with the same number of wins and losses. Brisbane Heat are coming off from a thumping 39-run victory over Adelaide Strikers. It was a solid performance from Jimmy Peirson-led team. England opener Ben Duckett scored 78 runs and took the team to a commanding score of 208.
Later, their bowlers, Matthew Kuhnemann and Mark Steketee picked three wickets each to keep the Strikers to169. All in all, it was a good overall performance from the Heat. However, there are a few areas the team would like to improve. Their openers, Chris Lynn and Max Bryant have not been able to provide explosive starts upfront. Openers in good form is a massive plus in a competitive tournament such as BBL thus Heat would be desperate for some runs from their top two.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars are coming from two back-to-back losses against the Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes respectively. Barring the first game, the batters have done well. However, they have not been able to finish the games. The bowlers have also blown hot and cold and will need to bring out their A-game against Brisbane Heat.
The match is going to be played at Gabba in Brisbane. The pitch is known to assist the bowlers. It has some extra pace and bounce which the bowlers can use to their advantage. The batters too won’t mind some extra pace as it will help them to time the ball better. The average first innings score on this ground is 166.
Predicted XI: Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Tom Cooper, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett/Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Predicted XI: Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Andre Russell, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch
Match – Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars – Match 23
Venue – at Gabba, Brisbane
Date and Time – 27th December, 3:45 PM IST
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV