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BBL 2023-24 Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 1st Match Highlights: Brisbane Heat won by 103 runs

Stay updated with the live score of the Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars match in the BBL 2023-24 season. Get real-time updates, latest scores, and highlights of the 1st match of this exciting cricket tournament.

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BBL 2023-24 Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars 1st Match at The Gabba, Brisbane

The highly anticipated Big Bash League (BBL) 2023-24 season is set to kick off with an exciting clash between Brisbane Heat (HEA) and Melbourne Stars (STA) at The Gabba on Thursday, December 7.

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  Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars 1st Match 
  publive-image  publive-image Brisbane Heat won by 103 runs
publive-imageHEA   214/3 (20)
publive-imageSTA    111/10 (15.1)
  Venue   The Gabba, Brisbane
  Date & Time   Thurs, Dec 07, 01:45 PM IST
  Toss   STA opt to bowl
  Player of the Match   Colin Munro

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Match Details 

The highly anticipated match between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League 2023 is set to take place at The Gabba in Brisbane. Fans can catch the action on Thursday, December 7, starting at 01:45 PM IST.


A Look Over the Last Campaign 

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Brisbane Heat had a commendable campaign last season, finishing as the runner-up. Led by Jimmy Peirson, they won six out of their 14 matches and secured the fifth spot on the points table after the round-robin stage. In the knockout games, they defeated Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Renegades, and Sydney Sixers to make it to the finals. This time, under the captaincy of Usman Khawaja, Brisbane Heat aims to climb higher on the table and reduce their reliance on the knockout stage.

On the other hand, Melbourne Stars had a forgettable season last year, finishing at the bottom of the points table with only three wins from 14 games. They will face an additional challenge as star recruit Harry Brook will be unavailable due to international commitments. However, they can rely on the experienced duo of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to lead their charge. With Adam Zampa and Joe Clarke also absent, Melbourne Stars will need to regroup and put in a strong performance to start their campaign on a positive note.


The Gabba Pitch Report and Conditions

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The Gabba is known for offering a good batting pitch with consistent bounce and excellent carry to the wicketkeeper. Captains winning the toss might be tempted to bat first to assess the conditions. However, in the shortest format of the game, teams often prefer to chase as it can be challenging to defend totals on high-scoring grounds.


Head-to-Head Record

Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars have faced each other 18 times in the BBL, with Brisbane Heat winning 11 matches and Melbourne Stars emerging victorious in 7 encounters. The head-to-head record suggests that Brisbane Heat has had the upper hand in previous clashes.

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Playing XI

Brisbane Heat (HEA): Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Billings (wk), Max Bryant, Paul Walter, Michael Neser, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann

Bench: Jack Wildermuth, Jack Wood, Lachlan Hearne

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Melbourne Stars (STA): Thomas Rogers, Sam Harper (wk), Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Liam Dawson, Usama Mir, Joel Paris, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Olly Stone

Bench: Brody Couch, Corey Rocchiccioli, Jonathan Merlo


Probable Best Performers

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Probable Best Batter: Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell showcased sensational form during the recently concluded ODI World Cup 2023, becoming the first batter to score a double century while chasing in ODI cricket. His exceptional batting skills and ability to take on any bowling attack make him a formidable threat. If he gets going, Brisbane Heat will have a tough time containing him.


Probable Best Bowler: Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson, the left-arm seamer, has impressed with his performances in various franchise leagues worldwide. He made his international debut earlier this year against South Africa and is highly regarded in Australian cricket circles. All eyes will be on the 27-year-old as he aims to make an impact in the BBL 2023-24 season.


Where to Watch

The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network and can be streamed on Disney+Hotstar


Today's Match Prediction

Based on analysis and instincts, the prediction for this match is a win for Brisbane Heat. However, in the game of cricket, anything can happen, and both teams will be eager to start their campaign on a positive note.

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