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Match abandoned without a ball being bowled (no toss)
Tough challenge for Stars against confident Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat Women to win
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Invermay Park, Launceston, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the 11th game of the Women’s Big Bash League 2021 and Melbourne Stars Women have a big challenge as they take on Brisbane Heat Women. The Stars won their last game against Sydney Sixers Women but have overall looked in poor form. Brisbane Heat Women on the other hand come here after a massive win against Perth Scorchers Women.
In the past Brisbane Heat Women have enjoyed a great record against the Melbourne Stars and have lost only once against them in the last six games. This would surely play on the minds of the Stars’ players, and it would be interesting to see if they are able to turn it around in this game.
Meg Lanning’s side ended its losing spree winning their last game against Sydney Sixers Women by 30 runs. However, there are still problems that remain for the especially the form of their batters who are throwing their wickets. Lanning who has lots of experience under her belt shall look to make good use of it and win the game for the side.
Annabel Sutherland did well in the last game, and she would like to provide a good start with Elyse Villani. It is their middle order that will need to show consistency and runs would be expected from the bat of Lanning, Kim Garth, and Maia Bouchier. They would also need Nicole Faltum and Tess Flintoff to do well with the bat down the order.
Tess Flintoff and Garth hit form in the last game and the side would need a similar show from them here as well. Sutherland has bowled tight spells and she would be tasked on keeping the scoring rate under check in the middle overs of the game. In Sophie Day and Rhys McKenna, they have good variety in the bowling attack.
Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Annabel Sutherland, Maia Bouchier, Kim Garth, Nicole Faltum (wk), Tess Flintoff, Anna Lanning, Linsey Smith, Sophie Day, Rhys McKenna
After losing their first game in the Super Over, Jess Jonassen’s side bounced back in the last game against Perth Scorchers Women winning it by 59 runs. The side batted as well as bowled exceedingly well in the game. Their record against the Melbourne Stars has been brilliant so far and the side would like to carry this forward with a win here.
Georgia Redmayne and Grace Harris are in good form with the bat and the side would like to see a good effort from them in this game. In the middle order they have shown some signs of struggle and better show would be expected from Georgia Voll, Laura Kimmince and Anne Bosch. Jess Jonassen and Mikayla Hinkley shall aim to do the big hitting towards the end of the game.
Nicola Hancock and Georgia Prestwidge bowled brilliantly in the last game, and they would look to put up a similar show here. Grace Harris also came up with a good show in the middle overs and this would make the side confident. They also have good depth in their bowling with Poonam Yadav, Nadine de Klerk and Jonassen in the side.
Jess Jonassen (c), Georgia Redmayne (wk), Grace Harris, Georgia Voll, Anne Bosch, Laura Kimmince, Mikayla Hinkley, Nadine de Klerk, Georgia Prestwidge, Nicola Hancock, Poonam Yadav
Launceston is likely to have overcast skies on October 23 with strong possibility of showers during the game. Batters are likely to find the conditions challenging and shall have to play to the merit of the ball. The side batting first in this game would be happy to out 150 runs on the board.
Invermay Park, Launceston is a small ground, and the short square boundaries offer lots of scoring opportunities to the batters. The wicket does have some juice and fast bowlers have done well in the past here with the new ball. Spinners have tough time on this surface as there is hardly any assistance for them.
We are likely to see rains during the game and in all likelihood the game would have to be curtailed and in such scenario the side chasing the score always has an advantage. Hence, the side winning the toss in this game should have little hesitation in batting first in this game.
Melbourne Stars Women would have a tough task on hand. They haven’t been in the best of their form with the bat and the ball and face a formidable opponent in this game. Their poor record against Brisbane Heat Women in the past doesn’t inspire much confidence either. Brisbane Heat Women displayed good form in the last game and given their past record they would start favourites in this game.
Brisbane Heat Women to win
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