After ending their 4-game winless run in BBL 2020-21 Melbourne stars have pulled off a stunning victory against Hobart hurricanes in their last game. Now they are up against Brisbane heat at Carrara oval today. After starting the tournament as favourites Melbourne stars have lost their way when the tournament progress and finally end up losing four games on the trot. They have ended their torrid run and now they are again back in the hunt after a 10-run victory against Hobart hurricanes. Thanks to Marcus Stonis blistering knock (97*). His heroics provided early momentum which helped stars to put up 187 on board. Stellar performance from their bowlers’ Sam Rainbird and Adam Zampa helped them to get over the victory margin despite a late surge from Hobart hurricanes. Melbourne stars again started playing as a unit as their batsmen Andre Fletcher, Nicolas Pooran and Liam Hatcher started contributing them.
On the other hand, Brisbane heat will be riding high on confidence as they have won their last two BBL fixtures. In their last game, they have beaten Sydney Thunder by 5 wickets. Their batting has been bit worrying but it has been bolstered with the arrival of Chris Lynn. Finally, Joe Denly and Joe Burns finding some groove. So Brisbane heat is peaking at the right time. Their bowling has been quite outstanding and it has been the point of talk throughout the season. Mark Steketee and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are among the top wicket-takers list. Brisbane heat never won till now at Carrara Oval and when the last time they have faced against each other Melbourne stars have won the match comfortably. So it is going to be an interesting encounter between these two sides. Chris Lynn’s presence and jack Wildermuth’s all-round efforts will provide much-needed balance to their side.
Players to watch out for:
Mujeeb ur Rahman:
This Afghan youngster has been in scintillating form this year. Also, leg spinners are performing better this year. With so many right-handers in Melbourne star’s batting line-up you can expect Mujeeb to play a crucial role in containing them in middle overs.
The swashbuckling opener is in fine form with bat and he will look to continue the same form today which will help his side to put up a strong score on board. Also not to forget his medium pace that provides his captain an all-round option.
The average score in this Carrara oval is 156 which indicates the pitch is batsmen-friendly. But in overcast conditions, it might give seam bowlers a little bit momentum. So captain who wins the toss will likely to bowl first.
Expected Playing XI:
Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Nick Larkin, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nicholas Pooran, Seb Gotch (wk), Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake.
Both the teams are equally poised against each other but considering the team composition and balance Melbourne stars might emerge as victorious.