Munro’s Explosive 99 for Heat Outshines Melbourne Stars

Colin Munro has bludgeoned traditional slow starters Brisbane Heat to a statement 103-run victory in the Big Bash League opener against Melbourne Stars.

The South African-born New Zealand opener slugged an unbeaten 99 off 61 balls in Thursday night’s season 13 launch at the Gabba to help propel the Heat to their biggest margin of victory in BBL annals.

Munro was denied a century when, after knocking a single, Max Bryant hit the final three balls of the Heat’s innings for four.

BBL journeyman Munro wasn’t fussed though, the Heat piling on 3-214 and then restricted Glenn Maxwell’s side to 111.

Munro and Sam Billings only played the first half of last season with the Heat but will remain with the team for the entirety of this regular season.

Colin Munro. (Photo by Chris Hyde – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

“It’s nice to come back to the same team,” he told AAP.