PREVIEW

 

The stage is set for another high-voltage drama as we are heading into the business end of the Big Bash League 2019. Brisbane Heat are ready to lock horns with Melbourne Stars at the Gabba, Brisbane in their last home game. The race to the semi-finals has lightened up with only a couple of games to go. Both the teams would be hoping to emerge victorious in this crunch contest.

Brisbane Heat have had such an indifferent campaign this season, from being the favorites to struggling to qualify for the playoffs. Currently, they have taken up the fifth spot in the points table with 11 points to their name. With five wins and seven defeats in their thirteen outings, Brisbane Heat have to win this match to stay alive in the tournament. Brandon McCullum has also announced his BBL retirement, so he will be willing to make his last game a memorable one. The home side won their previous match by six wickets against Adelaide Strikers.

While Melbourne Stars have a better chance than any other side to qualify for the semis, as they have a couple of games in hand. They are currently sitting in the fourth spot with 12 league points. The Stars have six wins with as many defeats in their 12 league games. The visitors would be hoping to book their semi-final berth in this game itself and not leave it for too late. Having lost their last match against Perth Scorchers by 27 runs, Melbourne Stars need to bounce back in the upcoming game.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Friday, February 8, 2019

Time:  3:10 PM IST

Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane

League: Big Bash League 2018-19

Live Telecast: Sony Network

Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com

 

 

Recent Form

 

Melbourne Stars- L, W, W, W, L

Brisbane Heat – W, W, L, L, L

 

Team News

 

Brisbane Heat

  • Brendon McCullum will play his last home game for Brisbane Heat.
  • Brendan Doggett has been recalled to replace Sam Heazlett.

 

Melbourne Stars

  • Liam Plunkett will make way for Sandeep Lamichhane.

 

 

 

 

Squads

 

Melbourne Stars-

Glenn Maxwell (C), Marcus Stoinis, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Dwayne Bravo, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jackson Coleman, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Nic Maddinson,  Dan Worrall, Adam Zampa

 

Brisbane Heat-

Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Cutting, B Doggett, Matt Kuhnemann, Josh Lalor, B McCullum, Jimmy Pierson (wk), Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson

 

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Brisbane Heat

  1. Jimmy Peirson
  2. Brendon McCullum
  3. Chris Lynn (c)
  4. Alex Ross
  5. Max Bryant
  6. Matt Renshaw
  7. Ben Cutting
  8. Mujeeb ur Rahman
  9. Brendan Doggett
  10. Josh Lalor/Mitch Swepson
  11. Jack Prestwidge

 

Melbourne Stars

  1. Peter Handscomb
  2. Glenn Maxwell (c)
  3. Nic Maddinson
  4. Evan Gulbis
  5. Ben Dunk
  6. Marcus Stoinis
  7. Dwayne Bravo
  8. Jackson Bird
  9. Adam Zampa
  10. S Lamichhane
  11. Dan Worrall

 

FUNTUSH SAFE 11

 

Peter Handscomb

Chris Lynn       (VC)

Max Bryant

Matt Renshaw

Glenn Maxwell

Ben Dunk

Marcus Stoinis   (C)

Ben Cutting

Jackson Bird

Sandeep Lamichhane

Josh Lalor

 

FUNTUSH RISKY XI

 

Jimmy Peirson

Max Bryant

Brendon McCullum

Chris Lynn

Glenn Maxwell

Dwayne Bravo   (VC)

Ben Cutting        (C)

Adam Zampa

Mujeeb Zardan

J Coleman

Ben Doggett

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