Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Big Bash League 2020-21 - Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat - Match 2
The 2nd match of the Big Bash League 2020-21 will be played between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat at the Manuka Oval, Canberra in Australia.
Brisbane Heat finished the last season of the Big Bash League at the 7th spot.
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Tom Cooper (Renegades), Lewis Gregory, Dan Lawrence, Simon Milenko (Hurricanes), Morne Morkel (Scorchers), Lachlan Pfeffer, Jack Wildermuth (Renegades), Matthew Willans, Jack Wood will join Brisbane Heat.
Ben Cutting (Thunder), Josh Lalor (Renegades), Matt Renshaw (Strikers), James Pattinson (Renegades), Jack Prestwidge (Renegades), AB de Villiers, Tom Banton, Cameron Gannon (Scorchers) have moved elsewhere.
Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne and Chris Lynn form their batting core. Ben Laughlin, Morne Morkel, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Steketee and Mitch Swepson are their top bowlers.
Melbourne Stars ended up as runners up in the last season and would want to go one better this time.
Coached by David Hussey, Melbourne Stars welcome Andre Fletcher, Liam Hatcher (Thunder), Nicholas Pooran, Billy Stanlake (Strikers), Will Pucovski, Zahir Khan (Heat) this season. They will be without Peter Handscomb (Hurricanes), Daniel Worrall (Strikers), Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane (Hurricanes).
However, with several key players lost, the squad looks a bit weak on paper. But, the pair of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis can compensate for that, as they did in the last season. Nicholas Pooran and Will Pucovski are their other leading batters.
Billy Stanlake, Adam Zampa and Zahir Khan are the team's top bowlers. In the absence of Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain will try to play the role that his compatriot did last season.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk and Andre Fletcher can be hit or miss, depending on their form.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Brisbane Heat - Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory (Eng), Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Dan Lawrence (Eng), Chris Lynn, Simon Milenko, Morne Morkel, Jimmy Peirson, Lachlan Pfeffer, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg), Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willans, Jack Wood
Melbourne Stars - Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher (WI), Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (Pak), Zahir Khan (Afg), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jono Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O'Connell, Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Melbourne Stars
Who will win? – Melbourne Stars
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat), Nicholas Pooran (Melbourne Stars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat), Billy Stanlake (Melbourne Stars)
Most Sixes – Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat), Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)
Player of the Match – Glenn Maxwell
Team Scores Batting first – Brisbane Heat 160+, Melbourne Stars 170+
Match Handicap Melbourne Stars
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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