Big Bash League Today Match Prediction (BBL 2019): Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars
Carrara Oval, Queensland
The 5th match of Big Bash League 2019-20 will see Brisbane Heat lock horns with Melbourne Stars.
Brisbane Heat are coming on the back of a 29-run loss against Sydney Thunder in their opener. Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars come into the Big Bash League 2019-20 aiming to go one better than BBL 2018-19 runners-up finish. They have seriously strengthened their squad to have another real push to win the tournament this time around.
Brisbane Heat performance in Big Bash League:
Skipper Chris Lynn, wicket keeper Tom Banton and experienced Max Bryant will need to step up after their poor performance in the Big Bash 2019-20 opener. They need to provide a quick start.
Meanwhile, Ben Cutting will be hoping to improve his average all-rounder performance. He scored 28 runs and picked up a wicket.
The bowling attack showed much more promise compared to last year with Swepson leading the way with 2/11 from his two overs and that will give them some confidence for Big Bash League 2019-20 as bowling was clearly a weakness last year, while they will likely name an unchanged team here.
Melbourne Stars performance in Big Bash League:
Dale Steyn has been ruled out for the game with side strain. Pakistan’s Haris Rauf has been selected as a replacement.
They will be hoping for Ben Dunk to carry his stunning form from the Mzansi Super League (MSL) into BBL 2019-20 to help them make a quick start. Meanwhile, skipper Glenn Maxwell and Nic Maddinson are both set to feature despite taking some time away from the game in recent months.
While their bowling was a major weakness last year, they have brought in South African star Dale Steyn who will be available for the opening six matches as well as signing Nathan Coulter-Nile who will be a key addition to this side.
Sandeep Lamichhane and Pat Brown add yet more quality to the bowling attack that already features Adam Zampa and it looks extremely promising for the Stars this year although they will eventually lose Stoinis, Zampa and Maxwell to international duty later in the tournament.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Predicted line-up:
Tom Banton (wk), Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan.
Seb Gotch (wk), Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Brown, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane, Adam Zampa.
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
3 matches were played at Carrara Oval, Queensland in BBL 2018-19 and 2 of them were won by the team chasing total.
Average first innings score- 157
Average 2nd innings score – 154
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars: Today's Match Prediction
- Ben Cutting scored 28 runs and picked up a wicket but leaked 9 runs in just 2 overs. He hit 2 fours and 2 sixes in his short inning.
- Mitchell Swepson picked 2 wickets and gave away just 11 runs in his overs.
- Mark Steketee scored 15 runs and picked a wicket but was expensive and conceded 37 runs in his 4 overs.
- Marcus Stoinis was the highest run scorer for Melbourne Stars last yr. He scored 533 runs in 13 games while their second-best Glenn Maxwell scored just 331 runs in as many games.
- Marcus Stoinis picked 14 wickets in BBL 2018-19– only departed all-rounder Dwayne Bravo (15) picked more than him.