Melbourne Stars (STA) will cross swords with Brisbane Heat (HEA) in match 51 of  Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, January 16. The match will start at 1:45 PM IST.

Led by Australia star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, the Stars have been very inconsistent in the ongoing edition of BBL. With five wins and seven losses, the STA are currently placed sixth in the BBL 2021-22 standings with 18 points, six points behind fifth-placed Hobart Hurricanes.

On the other hand, Brisbane Heat have struggled in BBL 2021-22, registering just three victories in 11 matches so far. With 15 points on the board, the Chris Lynn-led HEA need to win against the Stars to stay in contention for the playoff spots.

STA vs HEA Dream11 prediction

Brisbane Heat have a slight advantage over Melbourne Stars in their head-to-head record in BBL, winning nine of their 15 matches so far. The Stars have claimed six victories. Earlier in the season, Melbourne Stars defeated Brisbane Heat by 20 runs and they will start as favourites to do the double on Sunday.

STA vs HEA Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Hilton Cartwright has been the standout batter for Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League. The 29-year-old has amassed 344 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 142.14 and an average of 31.27. Having already accrued 566 fantasy points, Cartwright will be a worthy fantasy pick for this clash at just nine credits.

Top tip: Best bowler 

In the bowling department, Xavier Bartlett has been in impressive form for Brisbane Heat in BBL 2021-22. The Australian medium-pacer has bagged 11 wickets in 8 matches at an economy of 7.45 and an average of 21. Bartlett has accumulated 495 fantasy points this season and will look to add more points to his tally on Sunday.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell is a no-brainer. The Australian star all-rounder is a match-winner on his day and has scored 277 runs in 11 matches at a strike rate of 139.19. He will look to play a match-winning innings against a struggling Brisbane Heat.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Joe Clarke of Melbourne Stars will be the overwhelming choice over Brisbane Heat’s Lachlan Pfeffer. Clarke has accumulated 555 fantasy points by scoring 322 runs in 11 matches. He has also been tidy behind the stumps and will be a great fantasy pick at nine credits.

STA vs HEA probable playing XI

STA playing XI (probable): Joe Clarke (wicket-keeper), Glenn Maxwell (captain), Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Burns, Clint Hinchliffe, Sam Rainbird, Brody Couch, Adam Zampa, Ahmed Daniyal

HEA playing XI (probable): Nathan McSweeney, Chris Lynn (captain), Lachlan Pfeffer (wicket-keeper), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jake Lehmann, Xavier Bartlett, Will Prestwidge, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Guthrie

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