Big Bash League Fantasy Cricket Tips, Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars: The fifth match of the Big Bash League will take place between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.
The match starts at 1:40 PM IST (18:10 Local Time). The live streaming of the match will be available on the Sony Liv App.
Melbourne Stars start their Big Bash campaign against Brisbane Heat on the 20th of December whereas Brisbane Heat would have already played a game by then.
Brisbane Heat have bought in the new young sensation from England Tom Banton. Glenn Maxwell who had taken a break from international cricket will be back leading the Melbourne Stars. The Stars signed Nathan Coulter Nile who used to play for the Perth Scorchers.
Melbourne Stars were the runners-up of the last season whereas Brisbane Heat just missed out on a play-off spot as they finished fifth on the points table.
Both the teams have a lot of superstar T20 players and so it would be a mouth-watering contest between these two sides.
The temperatures would be in the mid and high 20s with no chance of rain on the 20th of December.
Three T20s have been played at this venue and the team batting first has won once whereas the team batting second twice. The average score batting first is 153 and the highest score at this venue is 164/7 by Brisbane Heat.
Injury and Availability News:
The Australian players who are part of the Test squad against New Zealand from both sides mostly won’t be available for this encounter. AB De Villiers who is a part of the Heat will be available only in the second half of the tournament.
Probable Playing XIs:
Tom Banton (WK), Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, James Pierson, Ben Cutting, Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Bench – Matt Renshaw, Jack Prestwidge, Matthew Kunhemann, Cameron Gannon
Ben Dunk (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Peter Handscomb, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter Nile, Dale Steyn, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichanne, Jackson Coleman
Bench – Nick Larin, Clint Hinchliffe, Jonathon Merlo, Seb Gotch, Lance Morris, Daniel Worrall, Tom O Connell
Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn are superstars of the shortest format and can change the game in a few overs, so they have to be the top picks. Tom Banton is in terrific form at the moment so he would be one of the picks. Marcus Stoinis enjoyed his time at the top of the order last year and add to that his bowling skills as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks For Big Bash League Fantasy Cricket:
Captain – Marcus Stoinis, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell
Vice-Captain – Tom Banton, Ben Cutting, Adam Zampa
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Big Bash League Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton
Batsmen – Chris Lynn (VC), Ben Dunk, Nic Maddinson, Max Bryant
All-rounders – Marcus Stoinis (C), Glenn Maxwell, Ben Cutting
Bowlers – Ben Laughlin, Nathan Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Big Bash League Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ben Dunk
Batsmen – Tom Banton (C), Chris Lynn, Peter Handscomb, Sam Heazlett
All-rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Ben Cutting, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Dale Steyn (VC), Sandeep Lamichanne, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Expert Big Bash League Fantasy Cricket Winning Tips:
Marcus Stoinis at the top of the order proved to be a great tactical move last year and so he would continue scoring runs at the top of the order. With his bowling skills as well he is definitely one to be picked. In a T20 game, you can’t afford to leave the likes of Lynn and Maxwell. Stars rely heavily on the two wrist-spinners so it would be wise to pick at least one of them. Tom Banton is known for his aggressive batting at the top of the order so he could be one of the picks.
In T20s, even though the batsmen set-up the game, the bowlers win you the match. Melbourne Stars have a strong bowling core with the likes of Steyn, Zampa, and Lamichanne and so most probably they would end up on the winning side.