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Where: The Gabba
When: 07.15 (GMT)
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They’re back in the points, the Brisbane Heat, and the quest to defend their BBL|02 title doesn’t get any easier than hosting the runaway competition leaders, the Melbourne Stars.
The Stars were ruthless in their compete dismantling of the Adelaide Strikers at the MCG on Thursday night, chasing down their target score of 91 in just 7.3 overs to record an emphatic eight-wicket win. When players the calibre of David Hussey and Brad Hodge are reduced to on-field spectators – or commentators, in Hodge’s case – then your team is going pretty well.
Brisbane bowled superbly well to defend their 165 against Sydney Thunder on Wednesday night, taking the last five Thunder wickets for just 12 runs in 12 balls. The Heat will need to be at the top of their game again to keep the Stars under wraps.
Melbourne have lost Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, and Clint McKay to the Australian ODI side for the series against England, while Brisbane will still be without Ashes heroes Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who will carry on terrorising the Poms in the coloured gear.
Brisbane are also really excited by the prospect of a new ground record for an Australian domestic Twenty20 clash, with ticket sales already well up even before the Stars big win on Thursday night. The ‘Gabba record stands at 29,241, which was set at a Heat-Stars game in BBL|01.
Heat: James Hopes (c), Alister McDermott, Ben McDermott, Ben Cutting, Chris Lynn, Craig Kieswetter, Dan Christian, Dan Vettori, Peter Forrest, Luke Pomersbach, Cameron Gannon, Chris Sabburg, Mark Steketee
Stars: Cameron White (c), Jackson Bird, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Lasith Malinga, James Muirhead, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Luke Wright, Scott Boland, Alex Keath, Rob Quiney.