It could be Brendon McCullum’s final game in Brisbane Heat colours as his side faces Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League 2018/19 (BBL08). This match #53 will be played at The Gabba on Friday.
The Heat (W5, L7, NR1) have an outside chance of qualifying for the finals, but need to win this match for a start. The Stars (W6, L6) are on the verge of qualification, but need to win one of their remaining two matches to confirm progress.
Brisbane Heat Preview
The Heat may have won two BBL08 games on the trot, but have lost three prior to that. Batting has been a big let down for the Heat, as only the top-three aggregated 200+ BBL08 runs.
Matt Renshaw stormed into form in the last match, so he could be the one on your fantasy radar. Josh Lalor (17 wickets) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (12) have been consistent with the ball, although the others failed.
Brisbane Heat Predicted XI: 1 Max Bryant 2 Brendon McCullum 3 Chris Lynn 4 Matt Renshaw 5 Jimmy Peirson (WK) 6 Alex Ross 7 Ben Cutting 8 Matt Kuhnemann 9 Josh Lalor 10 Jack Prestwidge 11 Brendan Doggett
Melbourne Stars Preview
The Stars have been the surprise package of BBL08 and have won three of their last four. With a finals spot on the line, the Stars could go all out for a win. The performances of Marcus Stoinis are a huge positive for them.
For your fantasy sides, have a look at Stoinis but also keep an eye on Sandeep Lamichhane. The Nepal leg-spinner has just returned from his Bangladesh Premier League commitments and will be a handful.
Melbourne Stars Predicted XI: 1 Marcus Stoinis 2 Ben Dunk 3 Peter Handscomb (WK) 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Nic Maddinson 6 Evan Gulbis 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Adam Zampa 9 Sandeep Lamichhane 10 Jackson Bird 11 Daniel Worrall
Fantasy Players to Watch
Sandeep Lamichhane has eight wickets in the four matches he has played in BBL08. He can be a great catch with his control.
Marcus Stoinis has 361 runs and 14 wickets to his name this BBL08 season. His consistency and control has been a hallmark of his performances. Have him in your fantasy side already!
Brendon McCullum is a name that is etched in the annals of Heat and Big Bash. He may surprise all of us with one final performance worthy of his stature.
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