The sixth-placed Brisbane Heat are in must-win territory as they travel to the MCG for their penultimate regular-season game. Meanwhile, their hosts, the Melbourne Stars, are already assured of top spot heading into their last assignment before the playoffs. We take a look at Saturday’s (25/1/2020) BBL Big Bash 2020 match between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat and take a look at both teams odds and give our tips and value tips for the match.
When: Saturday, 25th January at 7:15PM
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The 10-3 Stars are three points ahead of the field. But they will be eager to regain some momentum after losing their last two to the Sixers (21 runs by DLS method) and Strikers (11 runs).
Marcus Stoinis (62 off 37) and Peter Handscomb (65* off 39) top-scored in the defeats respectively. Handscomb and spinner Adam Zampa only recently returned from ODI duty in India.
The 5-7 Heat are one point behind the fifth-placed Sydney Thunder. The finals aspirations have nosedived via three straight losses to the Strikers (10 wickets), Renegades (44 runs) and Sixers (8 wickets).
Despite boasting a stacked line-up, Brisbane’s batting has fallen away dramatically. The posted 100 all out, 120 all out and 8/126 in those games. Superstar import AB de Villiers is averaging less than 14 after four games; the Heat need to get value out of the South African.
Meanwhile, skipper Chris Lynn is looking to recover his early-season touch after averaging 16 in his last six innings.
Glenn Maxwell (83 off 39) led the Stars to a 22-run win over the Heat on the Gold Coast earlier this season. Tom Banton (64 off 36) top-scored in Brisbane’s innings of 8/145, while Adam Zampa claimed 3/30 for Melbourne.
Though both teams are on losing runs, the Stars’ recent form – particularly with the bat – is far superior. The return of Handscomb is a big boost to an already-firing batting contingent.
Tip: Melbourne Stars $1.71
Value BET: Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell at $7.00
Melbourne Stars squad
Glenn Maxwell (c), Pat Brown (England – international replacement), Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Dale Steyn (South Africa), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa.
Brisbane Heat squad
Chris Lynn (c), Tom Banton (England), Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, AB de Villiers (South Africa), Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Zahir Khan (Afghanistan – international replacement), Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan).