Brisbane Heat: $1.90 with Sportsbet
Melbourne Stars: $1.90
The second of two Big Bash League Friday blockbusters will see the Brisbane Heat take on the Melbourne Stars at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium.
These two teams are the favourites in the BBL outright odds, leading to the dead-even prices for this clash at most online bookmakers.
A big bounce back is necessary from the Heat after what can only be labelled as a failure against the Sydney Thunder on opening night in front of their home crowd.
Although many of the best Melbourne Stars players will leave for international duty partway through the campaign, they have plenty of top-end talent available for the first phase of the season.
Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nic Maddison, Adam Zampa, Ben Dunk and Hilton Cartwright have all represented Australia, whilst Sandeep Lamichhane and Dale Steyn add some serious international quality.
Eddie Maguire’s Stars will be seeking redemption after coughing up the grand final in spectacular fashion last season.
Heat vs Stars top batsmen tips
Tom Banton top runscorer @ $3.60 with BetEasy
He only faced seven deliveries, but Tom Banton made a big impression in his first hit for the Heat on Tuesday. The young Englishman blasted two huge leg-side sixes in the first over of the Brisbane innings and showed exactly why Darren Lehmann and company brought him in to replace the retired Brendon McCullum.
Glenn Maxwell 3+ fours @ $2.05 with BetEasy
Although he can be considered too confident at times, Glenn Maxwell is a gun T20 cricketer that wins BBL matches. Maxwell will take on the short boundary and try to hit over any fielders, which will see him find the rope multiple times even if he does not go on to make a big score.
Heat vs Stars top bowler betting
Ben Laughlin most wickets @ $3.50 with Bet365
Although it was a very poor performance from the Heat, Ben Laughlin can hold his head high after a decent bowling innings. Laughlin took one wicket and was the most efficient of the quicks for Brisbane. If the Stars try to play too many flamboyant shots, Laughlin’s impressive variety may well catch them out.
Adam Zampa most wickets @ $4.33 with Bet365
It was spin that destroyed the Heat in the opening match of BBL9 as the Thunder trio of Jono Cook, Chris Green and Arjun Nair combined for six wickets. Adam Zampa is a cut above those guys and will see this as a good opportunity to warm up for Australia’s tour of India in January.
Heat vs Stars betting predictions
Melbourne Stars to win @ $1.90 with Sportsbet
When the odds are as even as a coin toss, you need to think long and hard about who is the better choice. The Stars are an unknown quantity as yet, but the Heat were shocking against the Thunder’s spinners on Tuesday. The classy combo of Zampa and Lamichhane will be too much for the Brisbane bats.
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