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Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, BBL13: Brisbane Cricket Ground Pitch Report

Brisbane Heat will be led by Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell will lead Melbourne Stars during season 13 of the Big Bash League (BBL|13). Heat were the losing finalists in the last season.

Kumar Rupesh Written By: Kumar Rupesh @afiestysoul New Delhi Updated on: December 09, 2023 8:40 IST
Melbourne Stars (left) and Brisbane Heat (right).
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Melbourne Stars (left) and Brisbane Heat (right).

Brisbane Heat will square off against Melbourne Stars in the curtain raiser of the Big Bash League season 13 at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (The Gabba) on Thursday, December 7.

While Heat had almost a fairy tale ending in the last season as they qualified for the Challenger but lost to Perth Scorchers in the summit clash by five wickets, Stars had a season to forget as they lost 11 out of their 14 games and finished at the bottom of the points table.

Heat have plenty of firepower in their batting department. Sam Billings, Marnus Labuschagne, Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro among others would like to take down the Stars' bowling attack whereas Spencer Johnson Mitchell Swepson and others will shoulder the responsibility of keeping the Stars batters in check.

On the other hand, Stars would hope that their captain Glenn Maxwell carries his international purple patch into the season. Maxwell is in ominous touch with the willow in hand and might cause more than a few headaches for Heat once he starts to get going. Their bowling is also capable of restraining any batting order and hence it will lead to an intriguing contest.

Brisbane Cricket Ground Pitch Report

Popularly known as 'The Gabba', the ground has hosted 10 T20Is thus far. The wicket is considered the second-quickest in Australia after Perth and provides ample bounce and pace to the seamers. Teams batting first have enjoyed playing at the venue as they have won seven games while the chasing team tends to struggle and the ground has only witnessed three successful run chases in T20I history.

Brisbane Cricket Ground Record and Stats

Total T20I Matches: 10

Matches won batting first: 7

Matches won bowling first: 3

Average first innings score: 166

Average second innings score: 146

Highest total scored: 209/3 by Australia vs South Africa

Highest score chased: 161/4 by Australia vs South Africa

Lowest total recorded: 114 all out by South Africa vs Australia

Lowest total defended: 150/7 by Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

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