The 5th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.
The match starts at 6:10 PM local time (1:40 PM IST) (8:10 AM GMT). This game can be viewed on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
The Melbourne Stars will become the seventh team this season to get their BBL 2019-20 season underway on Friday. They will lock horns with the hosts Brisbane Heat who are coming off a crushing defeat at The Gabba against the Sydney Thunder. The Chris Lynn-led side fell 29 runs short of the target in the run-chase and would want to get off the mark in terms of wins as soon as possible.
As for the last year’s finalists, Melbourne Stars, they’ve assembled a decent squad. Their skipper Glenn Maxwell is available having made a comeback after taking a break to address his mental health issues. The team boasts of decent Australian players like Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk and Peter Handscomb. The Stars will be looking to replicate their last season’s performance.
The weather is very much clear for the game of cricket to take place in Queensland. There is no chance of rain playing spoilsport in this game. The temperature will hover around 22-24 Degrees Celsius during the match according to AccuWeather.
This is the first match of the season at the Carrara Oval. Three matches were played in the last edition and the matches were not high-scoring by any means. Chasing should be the preferred option while the pitch on offer might be on the slower side.
Average first innings score: 155 (3 matches played last season)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 1
Injury and Availability News:
Dale Steyn is ruled out of this match. Haris Rauf has been named as his international replacement.
Probable Playing XIs
Tom Banton (WK), Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (C), Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan.
Bench – Jimmy Peirson, Cameron Gannon
Nick Larkin, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb (WK), Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell (C), Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane, Daniel Worrall/Haris Rauf.
Bench – Haris Rauf/Daniel Worrall, Clint Hinchliffe
Ben Dunk is coming off a successful Mzansi Super League (MSL) stint where he was highest run-getter. The southpaw amassed 415 runs in 10 innings at an impeccable strike-rate of 149.81 and average of 51.87. He should be your top pick without any doubt. Along with him, even Maxwell, Coulter-Nile, Lamichhane and Handscomb will be key.
As far as the Heat are concerned, Lynn and Banton will be crucial with Bryant expected to make an impact. Steketee and Swepson have their tails up after a decent performance in the previous game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Glenn Maxwell, Tom Banton, Max Bryant
Vice-Captain Options – Chris Lynn, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk
Suggested playing XI no.1 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper – Peter Handscomb, Tom Banton (VC)
Batsmen – Ben Dunk, Chris Lynn, Sam Heazlett
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell (C), Marcus Stoinis, Ben Cutting
Bowlers – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson
Suggested playing XI no.2 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton
Batsmen – Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Max Bryant (C)
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis (VC), Ben Cutting
Bowlers – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Ben Laughlin
Chris Lynn isn’t in the greatest of nicks and it was evident in the previous game. It would be wise to refrain from making him the captain.
Ben Dunk is in very good form and is a good option to be made captain while Cutting is another attractive VC option.
Melbourne Stars are expected to win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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