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Melbourne Stars (and Stoinis) fall short in Big Bash opener

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MACQUARIE’S SUMMER OF CRICKET LINE-UP TONIGHT: Tony Leonard and Dean Jones

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Brisbane Heat have beaten Melbourne Stars by 15 runs at the Gabba.

In a losing side, Marcus Stoinis blasted 99 runs off 51 before being run out just short of what would have been his maiden T20 century.

The Heat set the game up with their batting as Brendon McCullum, Joe Burns and Alex Ross all scored over 40 in the first innings.

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Dean Jones shed some light on young Brisbane Heat spinner Shadab Khan.

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High praise from Deano.

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INNINGS BREAK

The Stars have it all to do after a fantastic Brisbane Heat batting performance ends at 7/206 after 20 overs.

Alex Ross (51) and Joe Burns (50) both amassed half century while captain Brendon McCullum chipped in with 35 off 18.

The Stars bowlers largely struggled throughout and have their work cut out in the second innings if they want to notch up their first victory of BBL|07.

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Melbourne Stars have won the toss in Brisbane elected to bowl.

The teams have been confirmed.

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It was a thriller at Spotless Stadium last night, with Sydney Thunder winning by five wickets through a single off the last ball.

Here’s some of the main talking points out of the match:

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The Big Bash roadshow makes its way to the Gabba tonight as Brisbane Heat open their BBL|07 campaign against Melbourne Stars.

Stars coach Stephen Fleming and his star-studded side will be hoping this is the year they can finally take out the BBL title,  having bowed out at the semi-final stage in five of the six previous seasons.

The Heat – who are once again captained by New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum – will be looking to add to their trophy cabinet, having taken out the BBL|02 title in 2013.

Joe Burns will be one to watch for the home team, while the evergreen Kevin Pietersen suits up for another season at the Stars and is guaranteed to excite crowds over the next few weeks.

Join us on 3AW in Melbourne, 4BC in Brisbane, NTS around the country or via the Cricket Australia website/app from 7:30pm AEDT for all the action from the Gabba.

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