The 55th match of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 08 will be played between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat at Ted Summerton Reserve in Victoria on November 20. The game will begin at 8.30 AM IST (2 PM LOCAL).
Both teams will play their 14th and last league match of the competition. In the 13 games, Melbourne Stars have five wins, while Brisbane Heat have eight. In this edition, the two teams have played against each other already, with Brisbane Heat defeating Melbourne Stars by nine runs.
Melbourne Stars: Alice Capsey, Lucy Cripps, Sophie Day, Nicole Faltum (captain), Tess Flintoff, Kim Garth, Rhys McKenna, Sasha Moloney, Sophie Reid, Jemimah Rodrigues, Annabel Sutherland, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Hasrat Gill, Olivia Henry
Brisbane Heat: Jess Jonassen (captain), Lucy Hamilton, Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Ellie Johnston, Amelia Kerr, Charli Knott, Grace Parsons, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll, Pooja Vastrakar, Danni Wyatt, Jess Kerr
Players to watch
The promising all-rounder of Melbourne Stars won the player of the match award in her last outing against Perth Scorchers as she made valuable contributions with bat and ball. The right-handed batter played a 16-ball cameo to score 28 not out, including four boundaries and a six. The right-arm off-spinner scalped 30/1 in four overs, opening the bowling with Kim Garth.
Though the English all-rounder is known more for her batting than bowling, she was the most successful bowler for Melbourne Stars in her last fixture against Perth Scorchers. The right-arm off-spinner claimed 37/3 in four overs. With the bat, she scored 18 off 14, including a couple of boundaries and a six.
The captain of Brisbane Heat had a good outing with bat and ball in her last game against Sydney Sixers. The wily left-arm spinner claimed 37/1 in four overs. Batting at number seven, the southpaw top-scored with an unbeaten 38 off 21, including half a dozen boundaries. In the process, she stitched a crucial 62-run partnership with Amelia Kerr for the sixth wicket.
The star all-rounder from New Zealand chipped in with bat and ball for Brisbane Heat in her last appearance against Sydney Sixers. The right-handed middle-order batter mustered an undefeated 25 off 20, including three boundaries. With the ball, the leg-spinner rolled her arm over to scalp 39/1 in four overs.
It will be the tournament’s third match at the venue, with the second game being played early in the day. The first match played here saw more than 350 runs being scored. Another high-scoring contest could be on the cards. However, a thick cloud cover and a high chance of precipitation will make the toss important.
The weather is expected to see showers in the morning; otherwise, it will not be as warm with variable cloudiness. The highest temperature attained during the day will be 20 degrees Celsius. There will be a 72 percent cloud cover and an 82 percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the west.
Fantasy Playing XI
Lauren Winfield-Hill, Alice Capsey, Grace Harris, Danielle Wyatt, Annabel Sutherland, Amelia Kerr, Jess Jonassen, Kim Garth, Sasha Moloney, Nicola Hancock, Jess Kerr
Date: November 20, 2022
Time: 8.30 AM IST (2 PM LOCAL)
Venue: Ted Summerton Reserve, Victoria
Live streaming: Sony Sports Network (India), Foxtel (Australia), BT Sports (England)
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