Match: Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, Big Bash League 2021 (MS vs BH)
Date: January 16, Sunday, 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Stars will take on the Brisbane Heat in match 51 of the BBL 2021-22 on Sunday, January 16 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. While the Stars are not yet out of the playoffs contention, a loss in the upcoming game is potentially going to cost them a place in the top four. Led by Glenn Maxwell, they are currently placed sixth in the points table after winning five of 12 games. Their net run rate of -0.939 is also problematic. Only two spots remain for the playoffs, and only a comprehensive win in the next game can help the Stars move up on the points table.
The Heat, on the other hand, stand little to no chance to make it to the playoffs. They were one of the worst-affected teams by Covid19 and after 12 of their players were forced into isolation, the Heat lost three back to back games. Currently they are placed seventh in the points table with only three wins in 11 games. However, they have received a boost in the return of Mitchell Swepson and Michael Neser, who have been released by Australia to play the BBL. Both are available for the clash against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday night.
Ahead of BBL 11’s match no. 51, let us look at the head to head total of both the teams, the pitch report, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for MS vs BH
The track at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has not essentially been batting-friendly in the recent past. While the pacers get some assistance in the initial phase of the game, the spinners do better here. Of the 51 BBL matches played at the MCG, 23 have been won by the team defending the target. The average first innings score is 158, while the highest and lowest team total is 219-1 and 68-10.
As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 18 to 20 degree Celsius. However, there are little chances of rain in the afternoon.
Melbourne Stars team news and predicted XI
Team news: Melbourne Stars lost their most recent game to Adelaide Strikers by 23 runs. After their bowlers conceded 155 runs in the first innings, their batters fell like a pack of cards. Apart from Hilton Cartwright who scored a 49, none of the other batters could get going.
Predicted XI: Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Burns, Beau Webster, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brody Couch, Adam Zampa, Ahmed Daniyal
Brisbane Heat team news and predicted XI
Team news: The Heat, who have won only three games in BBL 11, unsurprisingly come into this contest on the back of a loss. Adelaide Strikers beat them by a huge margin of 71 runs three nights ago after Rashid Khan’s six-wicket haul dismantled the Heat for 90 runs.
Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Lachlan Pfeffer, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Pierson, Michael Neser, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson
Head to head record:
Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat have played 15 BBL matches between them, of which Stars have won 6 and the Heat 9. At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Heat have won four of the five games played between the two sides.
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat.
Glenn Maxwell – All-rounder Melbourne Stars
The first-choice all-rounder for your MPL team for this game should be Glenn Maxwell. The swashbuckling batter has won the Stars several games over the last few seasons, and will be hoping to take them to the playoffs this time around. Maxwell has been largely inconsistent this season, but he has also produced some big knocks, including an unbeaten 68 off 45 against the Renegades on January 13. The 32-year-old has not bowled much this season, but if given the ball, he can pick up a couple of wickets too. He had picked up 13 wickets at 21.76 in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League in 2020.
Joe Clarke – Wicketkeeper batter, Melbourne Stars
Joe Clarke is the top run-scorer for Melbourne Stars this season with 313 runs at a strike rate of 147. Although he has failed to get going in the last three games, scoring only 36 runs combined, you can bank on Clarke for a good performance at a time when it will matter the most to the team. The 24-year-old scored four back to back fifties earlier in the tournament and will be looking to do something similar at the MCG.
Hilton Cartwright – Batter, Melbourne Stars
Hilton Cartwright was Melbourne Stars’ lone warrior in their most recent game which they lost to the Strikers. The middle order batter fell one run short of a half-century and will be looking to make up for it in the next game. The right-hander has scored 295 runs this season, and his strike rate of 142 has been particularly impressive.
Sam Heazlett – Batter, Brisbane Heat
Sam Heazlett is the top run-scorer for the Brisbane Heat with 246 runs, but his strike rate of 126 has been slightly disappointing. If you are not sure of picking Heazlett in your team, you can also go for Ben Duckett, who has made 242 runs at a strike rate of 138. Both the players are priced at 9 credits on the MPL app.
James Bazley – All-rounder, Brisbane Heat
Bazley is the Heat’s highest wicket-taker this season with 11 wickets at an average of 21 and an economy rate of 7.45. Another good pick would be Mujeeb ur Rahman, who has been fairly economical this season and has also picked up eight wickets.
MS vs BH:MPL Fantasy XI
MS vs BH – where and what time to watch the match live in India
Sony Sports Network and its digital wing Sony Liv will broadcast the BBL 11 matches in India. The Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat game will begin at 1:45 PM IST on January 16.
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