Melbourne Stars Women and Brisbane Heat Women have both been the two best teams of the season.
Back the Melbourne Stars Women to win this match.
|Melbourne Stars Women||13||8||2||0||0||19||1.062|
|Brisbane Heat Women||13||7||4||0||1||16||0.378|
|Sydney Thunder Women||13||6||5||0||0||14||0.264|
|Perth Scorchers Women||12||5||5||0||0||12||0.255|
|Sydney Sixers Women||12||5||5||0||0||12||-0.098|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||13||5||7||0||0||11||0.132|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||12||3||7||0||1||8||-1.011|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||12||3||7||0||0||8||-1.021|
We are set for a mouth-watering clash as the top two sides of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 take each other on the 19th of November at the Drummoyne Oval. Melbourne Stars Women have been the surprise package of this season and have reached the top position in the points table after winning 8 games and losing just 1. They are on a roll right now and look unstoppable. Defending champions Brisbane Heat Women, meanwhile, have finally got their campaign on track as well and after languishing at the bottom half of the table initially, they have powered their way to the 2nd spot after winning 5 consecutive matches.
This should hence be an exciting contest with no outright favorite.
Not many had given Melbourne Stars Women a chance before the new season began as they had finished at the bottom for the past three years. However, they have been a real surprise and look like the most settled team right now. Barring that game against the Renegades which they lost via the Super Over, the Stars have almost been impeccable. They are coming off two wins in a row and would be high on confidence.
In their last match, the Stars defeated the Hobart Hurricanes Women by 39 runs after posting a solid 159-3 on the board. Their batting has been their real strength. Elyse Villani and captain Meg Lanning have been great at the top while Annabel Sutherland and Mignon du Preez have done an excellent job in the middle-order. While Du Preez struck a brilliant 55 a couple of matches back against Perth, Sutherland’s 72 off 51 balls in the last match was the highlight for the team. The batting unit looks in great form and is dangerous for any opposition.
The Melbourne Stars also have plenty of options in their bowling line up. The likes of Rosemary Mair, Sophie Day, and Alana King have been regular performers. They also tried new options in the last match like Katherine Brunt who really impressed with her seam bowling. It will be interesting to see if she’s given another chance in this important clash.
Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Annabel Sutherland, Anna Lanning, Alana King, Nicole Faltum (wk), Katherine Brunt, Sophie Day, Holly Ferling, Rosemary Mair
Meg Lanning, Nicole Faltum, Sophie Day, Alana King, Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Elyse Villani, Tess Flintoff, Annabel Sutherland, Mignon du Preez, Holly Ferling
Brisbane Heat Women are finally playing like defending champions after a surprisingly slippery start and are now on quite a roll with 5 wins on the trot. They have got the winning momentum with them now and are looking more dangerous with every passing game. They are coming off a good win against Perth Scorchers where they chased down a target of 138 with comfort.
For Brisbane, their middle order has been the biggest strength. While openers Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne have done a decent job, the likes of Georgia Voll, Maddy Green, and Laura Harris have really held the team together with their vital contributions. Harris’ quickfire 17-ball 40 lower down the order in the last match, in fact, was the main difference. Captain Jess Jonassen’s all-round performances have been vital to the team but she would be hoping to be a little more consistent with the bat.
Brisbane’s bowling is quite settled with Georgia Prestwidge and Nicola Hancock doing a fine job at the start. Their slower bowlers have done an even better job with Amelia Kerr and Grace Harris regularly bowling economical overs in the middle and taking wickets. Their performance would be crucial in this game.
Grace Harris, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Jess Jonassen (c), Georgia Voll, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Laura Harris, Charli Knott, Georgia Prestwidge, Delissa Kimmince, Nicola Hancock
|L Kimmince Harris||40||17||4||3||235.29|
Grace Harris, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Redmayne, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Nicola Hancock, Charli Knott, Georgia Voll, Laura Kimmince Harris
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0 mm.||5.16 k/h||From: S||80%|
|03h||21||0 mm.||5.55 k/h||From: SSE||20%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||4.19 k/h||From: SE||33%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||5.57 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|12h||18||0 mm.||1.3 k/h||From: WNW||84%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||2.03 k/h||From: SSW||72%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||1.1 k/h||From: SW||49%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||1.5 k/h||From: NNW||95%|
The pitch at the Drummoyne Oval is generally a slow one that favors seamers and slower bowlers more. Once the hardness wears off, the batters would find it difficult to score and the slower bowlers could have an important part in this match.
The weather for the day of the match is expected to be windy and cloudy but the chances of rain are minimal.
The last three matches at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney this season have been low-scoring encounters. In fact, in the previous game here, Hobart Hurricanes were shot out for just 82 on batting first, and before that one, Adelaide Strikers could manage only 119 on the board after taking the first strike. Hence, the team batting first in this game should target a total of around 140-150 to feel safe.
The team winning the toss is likely to bat first. This is a high-octane match and putting on a healthy total after batting first should be the ideal way to go.
The last time Melbourne Stars Women and Brisbane Heat Women clashed this season, the Stars registered a comfortable 23-run win. In previous seasons, Brisbane had easily dominated Melbourne Stars. But they have shown better form than Brisbane overall this time and would certainly be confident of their chances. Both the teams are quite strong and well settled and there are no clear favorites for this game. However, Melbourne Stars appear to have more players in form and just look a little stronger right now. This should be a close contest, but expect the Stars to edge out Brisbane in the end.
Back the Melbourne Stars Women to win this match.