Date: December 27, Monday
Time: 3:35 PM IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
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Brisbane Heat has an upper hand over Stars, as the players are performing collectively well in all the departments while Stars are struggling to find consistency in winning matches. Heat scored a mammoth total of 204 in 20 overs against Adelaide Strikers, and went on defending it while Stars had a disappointing last outing, as they lost against Hobarts Hurricanes.
Head to Head:
Gabba will have batting friendly pitch but if bowlers bowl at good line and length, then even they won't be disappointed.
Brisbane Heat will seek to maintain some consistency as due to Ben Duckett's impressive knock of 78 off 47 balls the team registered an easy win against Adelaide Strikers. Even rest of the batsmen like Sam Heazlett (40 off 39 balls), and Max Bryant (32 off 20 balls), performed well while Steketee was the pick of the bowlers with 3/27.. Heats are confident and they will step on ground as favorites.
Melbourne Stars struggled to find consistency in the tournament as their last match against Hobart Hurricanes, they had to face defeat by 24 runs. While chasing the total of 180 runs the team could only manage to secure 156 runs in 20 overs. Five of their players could not even cross the 2-run mark in the second innings, while Joe Clarke (wk) scored 52 off 40 balls. However, Glen Maxwell's presence gives an edge to the team with the kind of potential he has.
Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell (c), Andre Russell, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch
Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Kuhnemann, Liam Guthrie
Both the teams will be eager to mark their victory in the game, as one is finding some consistency and another one is trying to maintain it. Teams studded with power packed players and spectators must expect an exciting battle, with Brisbane Heats having stronger hold due to their inform players.