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Women's Big Bash League 2023: Brisbane Heat Women vs. Melbourne Stars Women, 13th Match at Brisbane Who will win today’s match between BS-W and MS-W?

Women's Big Bash League 2023: Brisbane Heat Women vs. Melbourne Stars Women 13th Match at Brisbane. Who will win today’s match between BS-W vs. MS-W?

Introduction

The 13th match of the Women's Big Bash League 2023 will witness an exciting clash between Brisbane Heat Women and Melbourne Stars Women at the Gabba in Brisbane. Both teams have had contrasting starts to their campaigns. Defending champions Brisbane Heat have won one and lost one so far. While this is happening, the Melbourne Stars have dropped their last two matches and have yet to score a single goal. The season opener for these two powerhouse teams. Because of their recent loss, the Heat will play for pride in front of their home fans. The Stars will be keen to grab their first points and get off the mark.

Brisbane Heat Women's Team Preview

Brisbane Heat boast a strong all-round squad and will be raring to return to form in front of their home fans. Grace Harris, a potent power hitter, is at the top of their batting order, and Georgia Redmayne is second. Skipper Jess Jonassen is the fulcrum of their middle order, along with the experienced Mignon du Preez. Their bowling has variety in spinners Jonassen, Georgia Prestwidge, and Office Nicola Hancock, while pacers Georgia Voll and Courtney Sippel provide pace and control upfront. The Heat know their home conditions well and will be hard to beat at the Gabba. With match-winners in their lineup, expect the Heat to come out firing after their previous loss.

Melbourne Stars Women's Team Preview 

After being finalists last season, the Melbourne Stars have struggled to find momentum in their first two games. Their batting appears too dependent on skipper Meg Lanning and Sophie Dunkley. The Stars will need the likes of Annabel Sutherland, Maia Bouchier, and Kim Garth to take on more responsibility. Their bowling has been decent, with Sophie Day and Milly Illingworth leading the pace attack. The spin duo of Bouchier and Sutherland lend control in the middle overs. The Stars have enough ammunition with both bat and ball to pose stiff competition. But they must click together and fire as a cohesive unit. If the experienced core of Lanning, Dunkley, and Sutherland fires, the Stars can certainly get back to winning ways against Brisbane.

Key Players

Skipper Jess Jonassen will be crucial with bat and ball for the Heat. Grace Harris and Georgia Voll are also match-winners. The Stars depend heavily on Meg Lanning, Sophie Dunkley, and Annabel Sutherland to shine with bat and ball. Bowlers Sophie Day and Milly Illingworth also can make a decisive impact. Both teams will need their trump cards to fire to tilt the game in their favor.

Pitch and Conditions

The Gabba surface is expected to be a good batting wicket, with scores around 160–170 likely to be par. The shorter square boundaries favor power hitters who can target the straight edges well. A full 40-over side match seems on the cards with no rain predicted. The humidity might aid swing bowling upfront before drier conditions allow strokeplay through the middle overs. Teams chasing have a better record here. The pitch may slow up as the match progresses.

Head-to-Head Record

The Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars women have been evenly matched throughout WBBL history. In 23 matches between the two champion sides, the Head has won 12 to the Stars' 10, with one no-result. Their league-stage head-to-head record was even last year before the Stars eliminated Brisbane in the playoffs. The head-to-head record shows that these two teams have relatively even competition.

Expected XIs 

Brisbane Heat Women: Harris, Redmayne (wk), Voll, du Preez, Jonassen (c), Heath, Knott, Hinkley, Hancock, Glenn, and Sippel

Melbourne Stars Women: Lanning (c), Dunkley, Capsey, Sutherland, Bouchier, McKenna, Faltum (wk), Garth, Moloney, Day, and Illingworth

Both teams are unlikely to tinker with their playing XIs. The Heat resembles a settled combination, while the Stars may consider tweaking their struggling middle order. Otherwise, both teams should remain unchanged from their previous match.

Key Matchups

The battle between Grace Harris and Sophie Day could set the tone. Skippers Jonassen and Lanning against each other's teams will be crucial. The contest between the spinners Glenn and Jonassen and the batters Dunkley and Lanning during the middle overs could prove pivotal. How Brisbane counters the pace of Illingworth and Day will also be key. The key clashes will revolve around the Heat's batting vs. the Stars' bowling.

Match Prediction

This match seems difficult to call, with both sides evenly matched on paper. The Brisbane Heat have a home advantage, while the Melbourne Stars have more momentum, having played one game here. The Heat have greater balance, but the Stars have more experience. The toss and conditions will be crucial. Any lapse in concentration for either side could prove decisive. Expect a thriller down to the wire, with the Stars possibly starting as slight favorites. But write Brisbane off at your peril at their home fortress.

Conclusion

In what promises to be a cracking WBBL contest, the Brisbane Heat women host the Melbourne Stars women at the Gabba. Both champion teams will be vying to get back to winning ways after losses. With in-form match-winners on either side, it could come down to who holds their nerves better. The Stars might have a slight edge given their recent game here but never discount the Heat at home. Hopefully, fans will be treated to an entertaining match between bat and ball and some powerhouse performances from elite players on both sides.

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