Who will win Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, BBL 2020?
After back-to-back losses, Melbourne Stars will look to return to winning ways when they host Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This will be the 53rd match of the Big Bash League 2019-20 and it is scheduled to be played on January 25. Live telecast will begin at 7:10 PM local time.
Melbourne Stars have looked on top of their game this season, and despite losing their last two matches, find themselves at the top of the leaderboard. They have already qualified for the playoffs and will aim to win this final league game and gain momentum ahead of the Qualifier next week. But things are not looking too bright for Brisbane Heat whose chances of making the playoffs are hanging by a thread. They now have only two games remaining and will need to win at least one of them in order to remain in contention. Can the Heat keep themselves afloat or will the Stars bounce back from the defeats to dash their hopes?
MLS vs BRH, BBL 2020: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sony ESPN, Fox Sports, SuperSport, Sky Sport NZ, BT Sport, Ten Sports Pakistan, ATN Cricket Plus
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Kayo Sports, SuperSport Live, Foxtel Sports, Optus Sport
MLS vs BRH Toss Prediction
The pitch is likely to remain the same throughout the match. So the toss-winning captain will probably choose to chase even though the last two matches here were won by the side batting first.
MLS vs BRH Weather Report
The weather for this game looks very good with clear skies and no chance of rain. It should be pretty cool in the evening with temperatures expected to hover around 20 degrees Celsius.
MLS vs BRH Pitch Condition
The MCG is generally known to produce even contests between bat and ball and it has been exactly that kind of a venue this BBL season. There has been only one high-scoring game out of the four that have been played here and 150+ has been scored in the first innings just once.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, BBL 2020...
Melbourne Stars Team News & Playing 11
MLS Team News
Melbourne Stars have drafted Pakistan paceman Dilbar Hussain into their 13-man squad for Saturday night's clash against Brisbane Heat. Hussain has replaced fellow compatriot and in-form fast bowler Haris Rauf who will be going away for national duty. The Stars have left out medium pacer Lance Morris and have included Nathan Coulter-Nile in the squad. Hilton Cartwright has sustained a fracture in his hand and will not be available for this match. Glenn Maxwell handed over the captaincy to Peter Handscomb last time out but is set to lead the Stars once again.
MLS Key Players
Marcus Stoinis: He is having an excellent tournament with the bat. The opener is leading the BBL 09 runs chart with 590 runs at an outstanding average of 65.55. Stoinis has clubbed a ton this season in addition to five fifties.
Glenn Maxwell: The captain has led from the front, particularly with the bat and is the danger man at the top of the order. Maxwell has scored 372 runs so far and had played a match-winning innings of 83 off just 39 balls in the reverse encounter against Brisbane Heat.
Sandeep Lamichhane: The young Nepali leg-spinner is having a good campaign with the ball, picking 14 wickets in 12 matches at an economy of 7.78. Lamichhane took a three-wicket haul earlier in the month in the derby game against Melbourne Renegades.
MLS Team Form
With 10 wins and 3 losses from 13 matches and with 20 points in the kitty, Melbourne Stars are sitting pretty at the top of the table and are the first team of the BBL 09 to have qualified for the playoffs. They once found themselves on an eight-match winning streak but consecutive defeats in the last two matches has caused them to lose all their momentum. The Stars have not been quite up to the mark with the bat on the previous two occasions, losing to Sydney Sixers by 21 runs before going down to Adelaide Strikers by 11 runs.
Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing 11
Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Peter Handscomb, Seb Gotch (wk), Clint Hinchliffe, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sandeep Lamichhane
Brisbane Heat Team News & Playing 11
BRH Team News
Brisbane Heat have made just the one change to their 13-man squad to take on the Melbourne Stars; they have picked fast bowler Jack Prestwidge and have dropped batsman Joe Burns. Mitchell Swepson was given a game last time against Sydney Sixers in place of Josh Lalor and the leg-spinner is expected to be retained for this upcoming match. The Heat are not carrying any injuries with them and they could come up with an unchanged line-up at the MCG.
BRH Key Players
Chris Lynn: He is the leading run-scorer for Brisbane Heat this BBL having scored 339 runs at a strike-rate of 159.90. The skipper has a couple of half-centuries to his name and he recently struck a quickfire 41 against Melbourne Renegades.
Matt Renshaw: He has shown glimpses of good form this season and is another key figure with the bat at the top of the order. The left-handed batsman has hit two fifties, the most recent of which came last week in the home game against Adelaide Strikers.
Ben Laughlin: With 14 wickets in 11 matches, Ben Laughlin has been the pick of the bowlers for the Heat. The fast bowler returned figures of 3-31 in Sunday's match against the Renegades and will look to replicate that performance here.
BRH Team Form
Brisbane Heat find themselves in a rather precarious position - they have won five and lost seven out of the twelve matches they have played so far and are placed sixth on the BBL 2019-20 points table with 10 points. Their defeat last time out means that they have now lost four of their last five fixtures and the last three on the bounce. After losing to Adelaide Strikers by 10 wickets at the Adelaide Oval, the Heat suffered a 44-run loss to Melbourne Renegades and an eight-wicket thrashing at the hands of Sydney Sixers at the Gabba.
Brisbane Heat Predicted Playing 11
Chris Lynn (c), Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw, AB de Villiers, Marnus Labuschagne, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Ben Cutting, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat Team Form in Last Five Matches
MLS : L L W W W
BRH : L L L W L
MLS vs BRH Head to Head
Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat have faced each other 11 times in the BBL with the latter ahead by 7-4.
Brisbane Heat have won six of the last eight matches they have played against Melbourne Stars. The Heat, however, fell short by 22 runs when the two teams last met - in the fifth match of the ongoing season at Queensland.
Melbourne Stars have lost to Brisbane Heat three times in their four encounters against them at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
MLS vs BRH Head to Head Stats
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat Betting Odds
Melbourne Stars enter this match as favorites to win at 1.75 with Betway, 1.80 with Bet365 and 1.71 with 10CRIC. Brisbane Heat begin as the bookmakers' underdogs at a higher price of 2.05 with Betway, 2.10 with Bet365 and 1.95 with 10CRIC.
MLS Betway Odds
MLS to Win the Match: Melbourne Stars are 1.75 favorites with Betway to win this match.
MLS Top Batsman: Marcus Stoinis is 2.80 with Betway to be the top batsman for Melbourne Stars in this match. Glenn Maxwell is 3.25 while Nick Larkin and Nic Maddinson are 5.50 and 6 respectively.
MLS Top Bowler: Sandeep Lamichhane is 3.25 with Betway to be the top bowler for Melbourne Stars on Saturday. Nathan Coulter-Nile is 3.60 while Adam Zampa has been priced at 3.75.
BRH Betway Odds
BRH to Win the Match: Brisbane Heat are 2.05 underdogs with Betway to win this match.
BRH Top Batsman: Chris Lynn is 3 with Betway to score the most runs for Brisbane Heat in this match. AB de Villiers is 3.25 while Matt Renshaw is up at 4.75.
BRH Top Bowler: Ben Laughlin is 3.60 with Betway to finish with the best bowling figures for Brisbane Heat. James Pattinson and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have been priced at 3.75 and 4.33 respectively.
MLS Bet365 Odds
MLS to Win the Match: Melbourne Stars are 1.80 favorites with Bet365 to beat Brisbane Heat.
MLS Top batsman to score a fifty: Marcus Stoinis is 3.25 while Glenn Maxwell is 3.75 with Bet365 to hit a half-century in this match.
BRH Bet365 Odds
BRH to Win the Match: Brisbane Heat are outsiders at odds of 2.10 with Bet365 to beat Melbourne Stars.
BRH Top batsman to score a fifty: Chris Lynn and AB de Villiers are both 3.40 with Bet365 to smash a fifty against Melbourne Stars.
MLS 10CRIC Odds
MLS to Win the Match: Melbourne Stars are favorites at 1.71 with 10CRIC to win this game.
MLS highest opening partnership: Melbourne Stars are 1.80 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
BRH 10CRIC Odds
BRH to Win the Match: Brisbane Heat are underdogs at 1.95 with 10CRIC to win this game.
BRH highest opening partnership: Brisbane Heat are 1.95 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat Prediction
Brisbane Heat have a good record against Melbourne Stars; they have beaten them six times in their last eight matches and three times out of four at the MCG. However, they will be playing under a lot of pressure with this being a do-or-die game for them. The Stars have the home advantage on their side and having won all their four matches at home this season will give them plenty of confidence. They secured a convincing win over the Heat in their earlier encounter, and given the kind of form they have shown till now, we expect them to beat Lynn's men again.
Back Melbourne Stars to beat Brisbane Heat at 1.75 with Betway, 1.80 with Bet365 and 1.71 with 10CRIC.
Our Dream11 team for this match has six players from Melbourne Stars and five players from Brisbane Heat.
We have picked Seb Gotch of Melbourne Stars as the wicketkeeper in our Dream11 team. The middle-order batsman is available for 8 credits.
Chris Lynn has done a pretty good job with the bat for Brisbane Heat this BBL season and we have included him at 10.5 credits. AB de Villiers is another match-winner with the bat and he can be picked for 10 credits. Nic Maddinson has been priced at 8 credits.
Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Matt Renshaw are the three all-rounders in our Dream11 team. Stoinis is in terrific batting form and is topping the runs chart this season while Maxwell too has been among the runs. Both are available for 11 and 10.5 credits respectively. Matt Renshaw has been priced at 9 credits.
Sandeep Lamichhane and Ben Laughlin have been the standout performers with the ball for their respective clubs this Big Bash season and we have picked them both at 8.5 credits. Clint Hinchliffe and Mitchell Swepson are two other bowlers in our team and they have both been priced at 8 credits.
We have picked Marcus Stoinis as the captain of our Dream11 team.
We have picked Glenn Maxwell as the vice-captain of our Dream11 team.