Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat
BBL T20 Match Prediction & Tips
Time: 16 Jan, 01:45 PM (IST)
Series: BBL T20 Match
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground – Melbourne
STA vs HEA Dream11 Prediction:
- Joe Clarke has scored 342 runs across BBL12 and the keeper-batter is our pick for Melbourne Stars’ highest run scorer in this game. Luke Wood has found a way to pick up wickets irrespective of the opponents and the pitch. The left-arm pace bowler is a strong choice for Melbourne Stars’ top wicket taker against Brisbane Heat.
- Marnus Labuschagne hit 46 runs from 33 balls against a strong Adelaide Strikers attack in the last game. He is well worth backing as Brisbane Heat’s highest run scorer in this clash. With the ball, spinner Matthew Kuhnemann should get some turn from this surface and took 2-26 on Saturday. He is our tip for Heat’s top wicket taker in this match.
- Although Labuschangne hit the most runs for his side in Adelaide, the real acceleration and aggression comes from other players. We recommend backing Brisbane Heat to hit the most sixes in this match.
STA vs HEA Live Streaming:
This match will be shown live on Sky Cricket, FoxTel and the Sony Network.
Fans can stream the match on Sky Go, FoxTel and Sony Liv.
Weather & Pitch Report:
Sunny conditions throughout the early parts of the game in Melbourne with the temperature up at 27 degrees. The humidity will be constant from start to finish.
This has been a good batting pitch throughout BBL12 although there have been some teams who have struggled on it. A par score will be over 160.
The Stars won the last game at the MCG by nine wickets after winning the toss and choosing to field first. It would be a surprise if either captain chose to bat first after winning the toss.
Team Form in the Last Matches:
L, W, L, L, L
W, L, L, N, W
STA vs HEA TEAM NEWS:
STA Team News:
This game will come too soon for batting all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. Brody Couch may struggle to keep his place in the team after conceding 40 runs from three overs against Melbourne Renegades but there are not many options to come into the team.
HEA Team News:
Jack Wildermuth was ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Adelaide with a back complaint and he is not expected to have recovered in time for this match. In their second game back in the team. Marnus Labuschagne and Matt Renshaw hit a crucial 71 runs and we are not anticipating any changed to Heat’s line-up.
STA vs HEA Pre-Toss LineUps:
1.Tom Fraser Rogers
2. Joe Clarke(WK)
3. Hilton Cartwright
4. Beau Webster
5. Nick Larkin
6. James Seymour
7. Clint Hinchliffe
8. Brody Couch
9. Luke Wood
10. Liam Hatcher
11. Adam Zampa(C)
2. Josh Brown-I
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Matt Renshaw
5. Sam Hain
6. Jimmy Peirson(WK)
7. James Bazley
8. Michael Neser
9. Spencer Johnson
10. Mitchell Swepson
11. M Kuhnemann
STA vs HEA Team Updates:
STA Team Updates
- Tom Fraser Rogers and Joe Clarke will probably open the inning.
- Joe Clarke is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
- Hilton Cartwright will bat at the one-down position.
- Beau Webster and Nick Larkin will handle the middle-order batting.
- Adam Zampa will lead the Melbourne Stars as a Captain. He is also a good Bowler
- Joe Clarke will do the Wicket-Keeping for Melbourne Stars. He was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
- Adam Zampa and Clint Hinchliffe will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
- Luke Wood and Liam Hatcher will lead the pace attack of his team.
HEA Team Updates
- Usman Khawaja and Josh Brown-I will probably open the inning.
- Marnus Labuschagne will bat at the one-down position.
- Matt Renshaw and Sam Hain will handle the middle-order batting.
- Usman Khawaja will lead the Brisbane Heat as a Captain. He is also a good Batsman
- Jimmy Peirson will do the Wicket Keeping for Brisbane Heat.
- Matthew Kuhnemann and Mitchell Swepson will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
- Spencer Johnson will lead the pace attack of his team.
Although not mathematically guaranteed, a defeat for either team will probably see them eliminated from this year’s tournament so the stakes could not be higher ahead of this match. Both sides have beaten Adelaide Strikers in recent games and will carry that confidence into this clash. We think that both teams have good bowling attacks and the game will be settled by the batters. In that department, we expect Brisbane Heat to have the edge and are backing them to win Match 44.
Brisbane Heat are favorites to beat Melbourne Stars
STA Key Players:
Joe Clarke –
only Matthew Short and Chris Lynn have hit more runs that Clarke in BBL 2022-23. He still has the highest score to date in the tournament (101).
Liam Hatcher –
the right-arm fast medium bowler has found his wicket taking touch in recent games. He comes into this clash looking to add to his nine wickets from the last four games.
Luke Wood –
the English left-arm pace bowler has picked up 17 wickets across the tournament and only two bowlers have taken more wickets.
HEA Key Players:
Josh Brown –
the right-handed 29 year old opener continues to play in a fearless manner. He scored 26 in the last game but from only 16 balls and immediately puts bowlers off their stride.
Marnus Labuschagne –
the confident Australian top-order batter top scored in the win over Adelaide Strikers on Saturday, hitting five fours.
Matthew Kuhnemann –
the 26 year old left-arm spinner has found more joy in the last few games with the pitches turning more. He has 11 wickets across the tournament.
STA vs HEA Team Forms:
STA Team Form:
Melbourne Stars have won only one of their last five matches although that victory was a nine-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers.
HEA Team Form:
Brisbane Heat picked up their third win of the campaign on Saturday which ended a two-game losing streak.
Grand League Team: Pre-Toss
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Melbourne Stars (STA):
Tom Fraser Rogers, Joe Clarke(WK), Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, James Seymour, Clint Hinchliffe, Brody Couch, Luke Wood, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa(C), Sam Elliot, Cameron McClure, Pavel Florin, Tom ODonnell, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Campbell Kellaway, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tom OConnell, Trent Boult
Brisbane Heat (HEA):
Usman Khawaja(C), Josh Brown-I, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson(WK), James Bazley, Michael Neser, Spencer Johnson, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ross Whiteley, Nathan McSweeney, Colin Munro, Sam Billings(WK), Sam Heazlett, Jack Wildermuth, Will Prestwidge, Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, Mark Steketee