THE EDGE: The Edge previews the BBL match between 2nd ODI between Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars with a recommended BETDAQ bet.

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Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars

MATCH OVERVIEW:

The Big Bash is back on BETDAQ Betting Exchange, and we kick off Australia’s premier T20 tournament on Thursday with Brisbane Heat hosting Melbourne Stars. The Big Bash has faced some criticism over the last few years under falling crowds and lack of international stars. Last season was definitely a bounce back for the league though; we had some cracking games and they also got an increase in crowds. The Big Bash peaked in Season 6, and crowds had fallen since. Cricket Australia made some changes and that didn’t work out really, but last season saw a nice bounce back to the same levels we saw before Covid19.

I would suggest that the crowd figures are still trending down, but you have to call last season a success. If they can build on that, then this will be a very successful season. The issues still remain; lack of overseas stars is always going to be a problem with clashes with other franchise leagues around the world – namely the UAE and South Africa which fall during the Big Bash. Cricket Australia will have to work hard to make sure the big Aussie stars play as much as possible, but they’ll also have to manage workloads in a home International summer too.

Brisbane Heat will have their squad headed up by Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne – but they also have the likes of Sam Billings and Colin Munro. Melbourne Stars finished rock bottom last season with a terrible season. They desperately need Glenn Maxwell to fire this season, and once again you’d probably say their squad is a little light.


WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:

It’s great to start the tournament at The Gabba. Some ironic moments in Australian cricket have come here. This is usually a high scoring venue in limited overs cricket. The first inning scores here last season were; 166/9 (won), 224/5 (won), 155/6 (chased), 162/6 (won) and 188/4 (won). I would definitely bat first if I won the toss – you get best use of usually great conditions and we can see some absolute carnage here if you build a good platform.


RECOMMENDED BET:

I have to say I was surprised to see Brisbane Heat trading so high when I clicked into the market. I know we might see some changes with players missing etc, but the 1.86 is a very good price on the Heat in my opinion. Melbourne Stars were very poor last season, and outside of Maxwell firing I just can’t see them being that competitive this season. Brisbane Heat made it to the Final last season, and they can get off to a winning start this season – at 1.86 they are worth a confident bet in my opinion.

The Edge Says:
Three points win Brisbane Heat to beat Melbourne Stars at 1.86 with Betdaq Exchange

View the market here -> https://betdaq.biz/BriMlb


IN-RUNNING STRATEGY:

It’s the first game, so I wouldn’t go too crazy with trading. We still have to see how teams play, how each ground plays and it will get easier to form nice trading in-play strategies as the tournament goes on. For this game, I would definitely give an edge to the side who bats first. However, Melbourne Stars were quite poor last season so I wouldn’t fully trust them! Hopefully Brisbane Heat get to bat first, and then I would be pretty confident we can see a very nice trade on them posting a decent score.



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