Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat will cross paths in the 51st match of the Big Bash League (BBL) at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on January 16, Sunday.
Melbourne Stars have won five encounters and seven matches, bagging 18 points. They made a strong comeback after losing momentum in the initial contests. They lost more than 10 players to COVID-19 in the middle of the season but made a strong fightback to stay alive in the tournament.
Adam Zampa took over the leadership for a few encounters in the middle, but with Maxwell’s comeback after recovering from the virus, he has been handed over the captaincy. Marcus Stoinis is also back in the Stars’ set-up.
Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, won three encounters and lost eight matches, bagging 15 points. They lost complete momentum after failing to grab wins initially. They seem to be out of sorts as they are finding it tough to make it to the playoffs.
Match: Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, Match 51
Date and Time: January 16, Sunday, 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
STA vs HEA Predicted Playing XI
Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Beau Webster, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Burns, Brody Couch, Ahmed Daniyal, Clint Hinchliffe, Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa
Chris Lynn (c), Nathan McSweeney, Lachlan Pfeffer (wk), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jake Lehmann, Xavier Bartlett, Will Prestwidge, Matthew Kuhnemann, Liam Guthrie, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is expected to support both batters and bowlers equally. With the wicket turning out to be flat, batters will enjoy their share in the initial few overs. But, they would need some extra momentum to take it forward in the death overs. With the ground dimensions on the bigger side, bowlers would have a fair bit of chance as well.
STA vs HEA Match Prediction
Brisbane Heat never looked confident throughout the season. On the other hand, Melbourne Stars despite losing a lot of players due to COVID-19, made a strong comeback in the competition. We can expect the Stars to continue their momentum against the Heat in this BBL encounter.
STA vs HEA Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Team #1: Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Chris Lynn, Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis, Sam Heazlett, Glenn Maxwell, Beau Webster, Adam Zampa, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Captain: Glenn Maxwell, Vice-captain: Joe Clarke
Fantasy Team #2: Joe Clarke, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Sam Heazlett, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Brody Couch
Captain: Hilton Cartwright, Vice-captain: Xavier Bartlett