The 53rd match of the 2019-20 Big Bash League will be played between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.
The match starts at 07:10 PM local time (08:10 AM GMT) (01:40 PM IST). This match will be live on Sony TEN 3 and Sony TEN 3 HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Brisbane Heat are on the sixth position in the league table. They will have to win all their games left in the league stage in order to qualify for the further stage of the tournament. But, they are struggling with the poor form of their star-studded batting line-up that has failed to perform as a unit. The chances are quite high that their star players like AB de Villiers, Chris Lynn will look to come up with some convincing performances in the crucial game for their side.
Melbourne Stars are currently leading the table with 20 points. They have suffered two back to back defeats in their previous games and Stars would be eager to get back on the winning track before going into the qualifier. In batting, Marcus Stoinis has done an impressive job with the bat. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament with 590 runs.
It is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match with no chances of rain on Saturday. The wind will blow at a rate between 11 and 22 km/hr. Also, the temperature will hover between 15 and 27 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is expected to offer a fine balance between bat and ball. To start with, the fast bowlers will get some help from the wicket if they bowl in the right areas. However, the batsmen can smash the bowlers all across the park after getting settled on the wicket. The side winning the toss will look to bat as chasing at this venue has proved to be relatively difficult.
Average first innings score:– 180 [In the 4 completed games at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability News
Pakistan fast bowler Dilbar Hussain has been signed as an international replacement for Haris Rauf, who has been called up to Pakistan’s T20I squad. Nathan Coulter-Nile also returns into the squad. On the other hand, Hilton Cartwright (due to injury) and Lance Morris are the ones that have been omitted from the team.
Brisbane Heat has picked Jack Prestwidge in the 13-man squad as a replacement for Joe Burns for the upcoming match.
Probable Playing XIs
Chris Lynn (C), Sam Heazlett, AB de Villiers, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mitchell Swepson/Jack Prestwidge, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson
Bench –Mitchell Swepson/Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor
Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell (C), Peter Handscomb (WK), Ben Dunk, Nick Larkin, Daniel Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Adam Zampa, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain/Nathan Coulter-Nile
Bench – Dilbar Hussain/Nathan Coulter-Nile
Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will look to replicate their convincing form in the game against Brisbane Heat. The former has mustered 372 runs whereas latter has so far scored 590 runs in the ongoing tournament. AB de Villiers might pull-off a breakthrough knock for his side in the crucial game for his side. His T20 cricket experience cannot be ignored and will be a hot favourite pick for any fantasy team.
They will be obvious picks for any Dream11 Fantasy. Sandeep Lamichanne will be another important player to watch out in the upcoming match with the ball in the bowlers’ category.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers
Vice-Captain – Matt Renshaw, Adam Zampa, Chris Lynn
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jimmy Peirson, Peter Handscomb
Batters – Nic Maddinson, Chris Lynn (C), AB de Villiers
All-Rounders- Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis (VC), Matt Renshaw
Bowler- Sandeep Lamichhane, Mitchell Swepson, Clint Hinchliffe
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Peter Handscomb
Batters – AB de Villiers (C), Chris Lynn, Nic Maddinson, Sam Heazlett
All-Rounders- Glenn Maxwell (VC), Ben Cutting, Matt Renshaw
Bowler- Ben Laughlin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa
Picking wrist spinners like Adam Zampa and Sandeep Lamicchane will be a wise decision in the upcoming clash between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat.
Note: 73% of the users have picked Hilton Cartwright in their Dream11 Fantasy team. But, he has been ruled out from the Melbourne Stars squad after he sustained a fracture to his right hand.
Brisbane Heat is expected to come out as the winners.
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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