Brisbane Heat will face the Melbourne Stars in match number 32 of the Big Bash League season 2020-21. The team from Brisbane is slowing building momentum. However, they will face a side that wants to get back to winning ways and play better cricket.
Brisbane Heat had lost their first three matches of their seasons, and then made a great comeback. They won their last two games. They beat the Sydney Thunder in the last match by five wickets. Joe Burns and Joe Denly, both scored half-centuries and helped their team chase down a challenging target of 175 runs. Their battings has been a worry, as the team has still not passed the mark of 180 runs. However, the bowling has been spot on with Mark Steketee (12 wickets) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (11 wickets) leading the chart. Brisbane Heat still has not won any match at the Carrara Oval this season.
Melbournes Stars kick-started the season with a bang but lost their way in the recent few games. Their momentum was halted with a washed-out game against the Perth Scorchers. Then, they lost three consecutive matches. They finally brought an end to this streak with a welcome victory against Hobart Hurricanes. They kept themselves alive in the race for the playoffs with a 10 run win. Marcus Stoinis scored an unbeaten 97 runs and that guided his team to 183/6 at the end of 20 overs. Sam Rainbird and Adam Zampa led the bowling attack and the Melbourne Stars could defend their total despite a late charge from the Hurricanes. The Glenn Maxwell led side is now sitting at the fifth position in the points table with 15 points from 7 games. They will look to bring back the form they showed at the start of the season with the presence of players like Andre Fletcher, Nicholas Pooran, and Liam Hatcher.
The Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars have faced each other 13 times. Brisbane Heat has won eight matches, while the Melbourne Stars have won five matches.
It is very difficult to predict which team has the edge in this match as both the teams have performed well in their recent matches. However, the Melbourne Stars could edge out in this game due to the presence of star players in their team.
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Date and Time:
7th January 2021
Carrara Oval, Queensland
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