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Melbourne Stars Womenvs
Adelaide Strikers Women odds
Toss Winner - Melbourne Stars Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Adelaide Strikers Women beat Melbourne Stars Women by 57 runs
Adelaide Strikers look to reclaim top spot against bottom-placed Melbourne Stars!
Adelaide Strikers to win!
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2019-20 | Format: T20 | Venue: Nuriootpa Centennial Park Oval, Nuriootpa, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is a bit of a mismatch when you look at it on paper. It was barely a week ago that Melbourne Stars faced Adelaide Strikers and the latter registered a 17-run win. It was all due to Sophie Devine’s all-round brilliance, including the last over heroics where she struck five sixes.
Melbourne Stars crumbled in the chase after a fantastic second wicket partnership. The South African duo of Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez put on 113 runs and put the Stars on track for a win. With 50 runs required off the last five overs, the Stars collapsed and eventually lost by 17 runs. It’s been the story of their season so far. They just haven’t been able to gain any sort of momentum. They have lost seven games and are lying at the bottom of the table.
Meanwhile, after winning four of their first five games, Adelaide Strikers lost two in a row before they got back to winning ways. They are looking pretty strong at the moment. The batting is firing while the bowling is not doing too badly either.
The batting has been a big let-down for the Melbourne Stars this season. They have been dependent on two players and those two players have done the bulk of the scoring in these eight games. The South African star duo of Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez, who is batting in the top three, have been the run-getters. Lee has scored 297 runs while du Preez has got 261 runs. Apart from the two, only Elyse Villani has scored more than 100 runs in this tournament.
The Stars skipper has accumulated 156 runs but they’ve come at a cost. She is striking at 94.54 and averages just 19.50 in this season. The likes of Erin Osborne and Annabel Sutherland haven’t fired at all with the bat. With the ball, the story is similar to what it is with the bat. It’s been only two players who have taken wickets regularly. Teenage leg-spinner Madeline Penna is leading the wicket charts. She has picked up 10 wickets at an average of 19.10. Osborne has chipped indecently and has taken eight wickets in this tournament. Melbourne Stars have struggled big time in both departments and are riding on the individual brilliance of a few players, which hasn’t helped their case.
Elyse Villani (c), Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Erin Osborne, Katey Martin (wk), Annabel Sutherland, Madeline Penna, Tess Flintoff, Nicola Hancock, Alana King, Holly Ferling
Erin Osborne, Holly Ferling, Lizelle Lee, Nicola Hancock, Alana King, Maddie Penna, Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Katey Martin, Kristen Beams
Sophie Devine has been absolutely brilliant for the Strikers this season. Be it with the bat or ball, she has topped all the charts. 335 runs at an average of 55.83 and these runs have come at a strike-rate of 134.53. In the last game, she hit five sixes in the final over which powered the Strikers to a good total. Also, she has 10 wickets at an average of 18.70. Bridget Patterson and skipper Suzie Bates have also chipped in nicely. They have scored 192 and 181 runs respectively. Tahlia McGrath who has batted at No. 3 has been inconsistent but is the other player apart from the aforementioned three to make more than 100 runs for the Strikers this season. Lauren Winfield’s indifferent form may be a slight cause of concern for the Strikers.
With the ball, as mentioned, Devine has led the way. She has had good support from Amanda Wellington, Sarah Coyte and Megan Schutt who have contributed decently as well. Thus, the Strikers are looking good at the moment and will be eyeing to continue their good run.
Suzie Bates (c), Sophie Devine, Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Lauren Winfield, Katie Mack, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Amanda Wellington, Sarah Coyte, Alex Price, Megan Schutt
Megan Schutt, Alex Price, Lauren Winfield, Amanda Jade Wellington, Bridget Patterson, Tegan McPharlin, Sophie Devine, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Suzie Bates, Sarah Coyte
The Australian summer has set in and this is an afternoon game, which means the temperatures will be at it’s peak. While the humidity will be around 30%, the temperatures will hover around 21-22 degree Celsius. The pitches in white-ball cricket are usually good ones to bat on and it should be no different at the Nuriootpa Centennial Park.
The venue was undecided when the schedule first came out but Nuriootpa Centennial Park has been chosen to host this game. Nuriootpa is one of the commercial centres in South Australia. This is the first and only game of this Women’s Big Bash at the Nuriootpa Centennial Park.
This has been a tournament where teams have wanted to field first. Also, two out of the three games Adelaide have lost has been while batting first. So, either team winning the toss might want to bowl first. Also, this being one of the rare games in Nuriootpa, the unpredictability of pitch may also tilt the balance in fielding first.
The Adelaide Strikers are looking strong at the moment. Even in their two back to back losses, they didn’t really look out of form. They will be eyeing a win to reclaim the top spot on the points table. Moreover, the Melbourne Stars have had a very poor tournament. Nothing has worked for them. So, the Strikers will start as favorites for this game!
Adelaide Strikers to win!
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