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Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars, BBL T20 2021, Today Match Prediction

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia

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Toss Winner - Melbourne Stars won the toss and chose to bowl first

Full-strength Melbourne Stars’ challenge reach playoffs!

  • Adelaide Strikers have won just four out of the twelve games the side has played this season and struggled with consistency
  • Melbourne Stars are back to full strength after missing many of their players in earlier games due to Covid
  • Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell has been in terrific form, and he adds to the strength of the side

Our Prediction is for Adelaide Strikers to win!

Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia | Toss: To Bowl

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PER
SYT
SYD
HBH
ADS
BH
MLR
MLS
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
13
10
3
0
0
37
0.95
12
8
4
0
0
31
1.109
11
7
3
0
0
27
1.01
12
6
6
0
0
24
0.045
12
4
8
0
0
19
0.078
11
3
8
0
0
15
-0.734
11
3
7
0
0
15
-1.655
10
4
6
0
0
14
-1.225

Adelaide Strikers face an uphill battle as they take on a full-strength Melbourne Stars in the rescheduled 39th game of the Big Bash League 2021-22. The Adelaide Strikers made a comeback in the tournament with a win against the Perth Scorchers in their previous game. The Stars on the other hand defeated the Melbourne Renegades to regain their confidence.

The Melbourne Stars have their full-strength squad back after many of them had been forced to sit out in earlier games due to Covid. A win here would open their prospects of making it to the playoffs and Stars are expected to go for the kill. It will be interesting to see if Strikers can make it three wins in a row.  MLS are still underdogs with all betting apps in India.

Adelaide Strikers Preview

Peter Siddle’s side has improved its prospects of reaching the playoffs with back-to-back wins. They surprised everyone winning the last game against table-toppers Perth Scorchers by 6 wickets. The Melbourne Stars will be able to field a strong playing XI with most of the players back after Covid isolation and Siddle would look for a good show from his players to win this game.  

The side would look for a positive start at the top from Matthew Short and Henry Hunt who did well in the last game. Ian Cockbain played well, and he would aim at adding quick runs with Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells in the middle overs as Stars would have a strong attack for this game. With Thomas Kelly, Henry Thornton, and Harry Neilson to follow they have good hitters of the ball.  

Their bowlers put up their best show so far in the last game with Short and Harry Conway bowling good lines with the new ball. They would have to come up with similar efforts in this game. Fawad Ahmed was brilliant, and the side would have high expectations from him. Siddle and Thornton would be expected to play the supporting role well in this game.

Adelaide Strikers Predicted Playing XI:

Peter Siddle (c), Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Ian Cockbain, Harry Nielsen (wk), Henry Thornton, Fawad Ahmed, Harry Conway

Adelaide Strikers Key Players From Previous Game Of Big Bash League 2021-22

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
I Cockbain
35
24
5
0
145.83
M Short
34
28
4
1
121.43
H Hunt
27
23
2
1
117.39
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
F Ahmed
4.0
0
30
3
7.5
H Thornton
4.0
0
30
2
7.5
P Siddle
4.0
0
20
2
5

Melbourne Stars Preview

Glenn Maxwell is back leading the side and the side comes here with a 6-wicket win against the Melbourne Renegades. Covid had hit the side badly and derailed their campaign with most players forced to sit out. They are sixth on the points table and would look to move up with a win here and keep their hopes alive for a place in the playoffs.

Maxwell played a match-winning knock in the last game and he would look to set up a good opening wicket partnership with Joe Clarke. Joe Burns, Beau Webster, and Hilton Cartwright add strength to the middle order and the side would expect to see a good show from them in this game. Nick Larkin and Brody Couch shall look to do the quick-hitting towards the end of the game.

They have a full-strength bowling attack, and the side would like to see early strikes from Sam Rainbird and Haris Rauf for this game. Brody Couch and Qais Ahmed have gained form, and this is great news for the side heading into the most crucial phase in the tournament. Adam Zampa adds good strength to this attack.

Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing XI:

Glenn Maxwell (c), Nick Larkin, Beau Webster, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke (wk), Brody Couch, Qais Ahmad, Adam Zampa, Sam Rainbird, Haris Rauf

Melbourne Stars Key Players From Previous Game Of Big Bash League 2021-22

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
G Maxwell
68
45
8
1
151.11
J Burns
17
19
1
0
89.47
H Cartwright
12
15
1
0
80
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
H Rauf
4.0
0
28
2
7
Q Ahmad
4.0
0
15
2
3.75
A Zampa
4.0
0
18
2
4.5
HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
22
0 mm.
2.9 k/h
From: SW
16%
03h
24
0 mm.
4.52 k/h
From: SW
0%
06h
26
0 mm.
4.34 k/h
From: SW
0%
09h
25
0 mm.
3.14 k/h
From: SSW
0%
12h
19
0 mm.
2.9 k/h
From: ESE
0%
15h
18
0 mm.
2.54 k/h
From: ESE
0%
18h
18
0 mm.
1.79 k/h
From: E
1%
21h
21
0 mm.
0.99 k/h
From: E
95%

Weather Conditions

Weatherman predicts overcast skies over Adelaide on January 15. The wicket is expected to be flat, but the conditions would favor the fast bowlers, and this would create doubts in the minds of batsmen. A score of  160 runs under these conditions would be a good total and can easily be defended with disciplined bowling. Good odds are offered by Purewin betting site for the total runs.

Venue Details

Adelaide Oval has short boundaries and has been considered a great venue for batsmen. Big scores have been put up here on a flat surface and a fast outfield. Fast bowlers have to make use of the new ball when they get maximum assistance. It is a tough venue for the spinners with nothing on the surface for them.

Toss: To Bowl

We have seen a slow surface in Adelaide where batsmen have struggled to score runs unlike in the past. Sides batting first are likely to struggle here in putting up a match-winning total. The side winning the toss is expected to make good use of the conditions and opt for bowling first in this game.

Adelaide Strikers have used the Covid crisis well after a poor start in the season. They come here with a massive win against the Perth Scorchers, but the side has suffered due to a lack of consistency among their players. They shall have to overcome this to win against a determined Melbourne Stars. Back to full strength, the Stars shall look to register a big win here and improve their position on the points table. Based on relative strengths the Stars would start favorites in this game.  

Our Prediction is for Adelaide Strikers to win!

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