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Toss Winner - Melbourne Stars won the toss and chose to bowl first
Melbourne Stars beat Adelaide Strikers by 5 wickets
Stars’ hunt for a win after consecutive losses
Melbourne Stars to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Melbourne Stars would be looking to get back into form as they take on the Adelaide Strikers in the 43rd game of the Big Bash League 2021-22. The Stars have been badly hit by Covid and have even their skipper Glenn Maxwell out of the side. However, some of their key players are back for this game and they will be able to field their strongest XI since Covid struck the camp.
The Adelaide Strikers have been in poor shape and have struggled to win games. Their batting line-up has been in poor form and the same has been the case with their bowling attack. The side would aim to do well in this game to keep hopes alive for the rest of the season. It would be interesting to see how they fare against a depleted Melbourne Stars side.
The Stars have been badly hit by Covid and the absence of Glenn Maxwell is a huge blow to the team. Most of their players are unavailable for selection and Adam Zampa would have to make the most out of the resources at his disposal. He would want his players to show character in this game and win it to keep open their hopes of making it to the next round.
The side would expect a good start in this game from Marcus Stoinis and Joe Clarke. The return of Stoinis to the squad is a huge confidence booster. Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, and Tom O’Connell have important roles to play and fill in for the absence of Maxwell. They would also expect big hitting towards the end of the innings from Xavier Crone and Qais Ahmed.
The bowling attack is looking weak at the moment and the new ball pair of Sam Rainbird and Brody Couch must get early wickets for the side to have an edge in this game. In the middle overs, Qais Ahmed and Haris Rauf would have to bring their experience into play. The side shall also like to see good efforts with the ball from O’Connell, Crone, and Stoinis.
Adam Jampa (c), Joe Clarke (wk), Qais Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Xavier Crone, Brody Couch, Beau Webster, Tom O'Connell, Marcus Stoinis, Sam Rainbird, Hilton Cartwright
Hilton Cartwright, Xavier Crone, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Haris Rauf, Joe Burns, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Nick Larkin, BJ Webster, Qais Ahmad
Peter Siddle’s side saw the last game against the Melbourne Stars being postponed due to Covid. Before that, the side had won the game against the Hobart Hurricanes to keep faint hope of making it to the next round. Siddle would like to exploit Melbourne Stars’ weakness at the moment as the side won’t be able to field its best side and look forward to winning this game.
The side would look for a good start in this game from Henry Hunt and Matthew Short with the latter looking in good form. Their middle order is highly experienced with Matt Renshaw, Jake Weatherald, and Jonathan Wells on the side, but they will have to perform better than they have so far. With Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielson, and Rashid Khan to follow the side has good depth in the batting department.
Matthew Short and Harry Conway would look to carry their form forward having done well against the Hurricanes. Siddle and Wes Agar must bring their experience to play as the tournament hasn’t been best for them. Rashid Khan is the key bowler in this attack and he will have an important role in this game.
Peter Siddle (c), Matthew Short, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Henry Hunt, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Harry Conway, Wes Agar
Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, Jake Weatherald, Peter Siddle, Harry Conway, Matt Short, Jonathan Wells, Fawad Ahmed, Henry Hunt, Rashid Khan, Ryan Gibson
There would be odd clouds over Melbourne on January 10 and there are chances of rain disruptions. Batting would be challenging under these conditions and batsmen would have to play to the merit of the ball. Batting first any side would be happy to reach a score of 160 runs under these conditions.
Melbourne Cricket Ground has a great surface for batting as the ball comes onto the bat nicely allowing batsmen to score runs easily. Fast bowlers do well with the new ball and spinners have also enjoyed a good record here as the size of the ground offers them the room to experiment.
We have seen good batting surfaces in Melbourne in the games that have been played so far and expect the same in this game as well. However, with rains on the cards, the side chasing the score would have an advantage in this format and we expect to see the side winning the toss to bowl first.
Adelaide Strikers have just not been the team they would have wanted to be this season. Most of their players have been out of form and it would be a big challenge for them even against a depleted Melbourne Stars side. The Stars have some of their key players back in the side and this would add to their confidence going into this game. They would start nose ahead of the Strikers.
Melbourne Stars to win
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