BH vs MS 1st Match BBL 2023-24 – The 1st Match of Big Bash League 2023-24 will be played between Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars on Thursday, 07 December 2023, at 1:45 PM 08:15 AM GMT / 06:15 PM LOCAL at The Gabba, Brisbane.
The toss of this match will be done 30 minutes before the start of the match i.e. at 1:30 PM, as I have already been told that this match will be played between Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars teams, both teams have very good players.
Here Are the full details of the BH vs MS 1st Match BBL 2023-24 Both Team Squad, Venue, Time and Date, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Match Prediction & Dream 11 team | Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars 1st Match Big Bash League 2023-24
BH vs MS 1st Match BBL 2023-24
|Big Bash League 2023-24
|Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars
|1:45 PM 08:15 AM GMT / 06:15 PM LOCAL
|Thursday, 07 December 2023
|The Gabba, Brisbane
When: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Big Bash League 2023-24 on Thursday, 07 December 2023, 1:45 PM 08:15 AM GMT / 06:15 PM LOCAL
Where: The Gabba, Brisbane
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Live Streaming and Broadcast
- Australia: Fox Cricket, 7Cricket; Kayo Sports
- India: Disney + Hotstar
- UK: Sky Sports
- New Zealand: SkyGo
- USA: Sling TV – Willow TV (Sign up here)
- Canada: Willow TV
- South Africa: SuperSport
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Pitch Report
The Gabba has a bouncy pitch which suggests pacers will have a say in the initial overs. However, the pitch remains batting-friendly as good bounce invites batters to time their shots and go over the rope with ease. Spinners can also play their role in the middle overs, however, they don’t take many wickets on this surface. In the last BBL season, spinners, on average, took 2 wickets per match at The Gabba.
A score of 170 can be considered a par score at The Gabba, Brisbane. Past T20 records at The Gabba suggest that chasing teams have lost more times, but it doesn’t mean that chasing a target is a bad idea here. The last BBL season saw close games, with targets almost being chased down in every match. The decision of the toss may vary on strategies.
What to expect:
Brisbane Heat: Brisbane Heat’s run to the final was notable for their threadbare squad performing time and again over the second half of the campaign, but this is a new season and the supporters will be wondering who their new heroes will be in this tournament and in this game.
Big hitting batter Colin Munro comes fresh from the Abu Dhabi T10 where he has hit scores of 36 not out and 44 not out. The New Zealander is an experienced top performer in the BBL after previous seasons with Perth Scorchers and he returns for his second season with Heat alongside England’s all-format keeper-batter Sam Billings.
Another Englishman, all-rounder Essex, and Manchester Originals’ Paul Walter, will make his BBL debut this year and he comes with a reputation for hitting runs at a quick rate and picking up key wickets. Michael Neser will lead the attack and he will be looking for his 100th BBL wicket in this game.
Brisbane Heat Key Players
- Colin Munro – The powerful New Zealand middle-order batter comes straight to this year’s tournament after two impressive innings for Northern Warriors in the Abu Dhabi T10 where he hit 36 not out and 44 not out.
- Marnus Labuschagne – The right-handed all-format Australian international is often written off in white ball cricket but has proved over recent months that he is a more than capable player in limited-overs matches.
- Michael Neser – The vastly experienced bowling all-rounder is a wicket away from bringing up 100 dismissals in the BBL. His 99 wickets have come at an average of 17.54.
- Matthew Kuhnemann – The 27-year-old left-arm spinner enjoys bowling on the dry surfaces of Brisbane and has best BBL figures of 3/17.
Probable XI: Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja(c), Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Billings(w), Michael Neser, Jack Wildermuth, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson
Brisbane Heat Squad: Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja(c), Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Billings(w), Michael Neser, Jack Wildermuth, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson, Paul Walter, Jack Wood, Lachlan Hearne
Melbourne Stars: Well, it can’t get much worse than last season’s efforts for Melbourne Stars and they seem to be relying on the all-conquering Glenn Maxwell’s return to make the difference from a bottom-the-table finish to being a competitive side.
That is not the most ridiculous approach to take when you consider what Glenn Maxwell, who missed out last year with his freak leg break, has achieved over the last couple of months. He hit a not-out double hundred to save Australia from guaranteed defeat against Afghanistan in the 2023 Cricket World Cup before hitting an unbeaten century in the T20I series against India to pull off an even more unlikely victory. Not bad for a guy who was concussed after falling off the back of a golf buggy during the CWC!
Nathan Coulter-Nile is a powerful and consistent bowler who has a strong record against Usman Khawaja and will lead the bowling attack for the Stars.
Melbourne Stars Key Players
- Glenn Maxwell – with 2673 runs, the 35-year-old is the fifth-highest run scorer in BBL history. Having him available for the entire tournament will make a huge difference for the Stars.
- Marcus Stoinis – The batting all-rounder is one of the most powerful players in the tournament and he will be happy opening the innings or playing the finisher role for the side.
- Tom Rogers – Only three bowlers picked up more wickets than the 29-year-old bowling all-rounder in last year’s BBL. He has an impressive strike rate of 16.8 in T20 cricket.
- Haris Rauf – The all-format Pakistan international star has an excellent T20 record with 6x four-wicket hauls and 1x five-wicket haul.
Probable XI: Joe Burns, Sam Harper(w), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell(c), Joel Paris, Tom Rogers, Usama Mir, Hilton Cartwright, Liam Dawson, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Melbourne Stars Squad: Joe Burns, Sam Harper(w), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell(c), Joel Paris, Tom Rogers, Usama Mir, Hilton Cartwright, Liam Dawson, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Corey Rocchiccioli, Olly Stone, Jonathan Merlo
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Winner
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Prediction
The BBL is a brilliant tournament with some big-name stars and this year there has been a reduction in the number of group-stage fixtures so both teams will be aware that a bad start could very quickly end their season. Melbourne Stars look much stronger with Glenn Maxwell in the team but player for player we are backing Brisbane Heat to win this season opener.
We expect the Brisbane Heat to win this match.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Top Fantasy Picks
- Colin Munro
- Usman Khawaja
- Max Bryant
- Sam Billings
- Michael Neser
- Spencer Johnson
- Marcus Stoinis
- Glenn Maxwell
- Tom Rogers
- Usama Mir
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Dream11 Fantasy Team
Wicketkeepers: Sam Billings
Batters: Tom Fraser Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne
Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell (VC), Marcus Stoinis (C), Michael Neser, Matt Renshaw
Bowlers: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Spencer Johnson, Haris Rauf
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Both Team Top Batsmen
Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja, and Marnus Labuschagne are our betting tips for the Brisbane Heat. Khawaja is not typically thought of as a T20 player but he has hit over 3200 runs at a strike-rate of 130.12. Labuschagne has a top score of 93 not out in the BBL and needs 22 runs to bring up 1000 runs across his BBL career.
We recommend Sam Harper, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell with the bat for the Melbourne Stars. Opener Harper has hit 1443 T20 runs across his career including 10 scores of 50+. Maxwell is one of the most destructive T20 batters in the world with a top score of 154 not out.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Match Both Team Top Team Bowlers
Michael Neser, Mitch Swepson, and Matthew Kuhnemann are our Brisbane Heat bowling selections. Swepson is an all-format international and has also picked up 69 wickets across his T20 career. Neser has an excellent record in all formats in Australia and he will get a good bounce and carry from the Gabba on Thursday.
We are backing Tom Rogers, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Haris Rauf are our picks as Melbourne Stars’ top bowlers. Coulter-Nile has played 60 white ball internationals for Australia and has taken 186 T20 wickets. Rauf bowls with genuine pace and is a very skillful player.