Sydney Sixers Women’s last chances to seal a spot in semi-final
Melbourne Stars Women to win
|Melbourne Stars Women||14||8||3||0||0||19||1.216|
|Brisbane Heat Women||14||8||4||0||1||18||0.543|
|Sydney Thunder Women||14||7||5||0||0||16||0.344|
|Perth Scorchers Women||14||6||6||0||0||14||0.355|
|Sydney Sixers Women||14||6||6||0||0||14||-0.071|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||14||6||7||0||0||13||0.135|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||14||4||8||0||1||10||-1.008|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||14||3||9||0||0||8||-1.143|
Melbourne Stars Women are comfortably placed at the top of the points table and have earned a place for themselves in the semifinals. As they take on the Sydney Sixers Women in the last league game pressure would be on the Sixers as they need to win this one to earn a place in the semis. Sydney Sixers are currently placed fifth on the points table and they would need to win this game by a big margin to improve their net run rate which is behind Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers who are also tied on 12 points at the moment.
Melbourne Stars Women come into this contest after a loss in their last game against Brisbane Heat Women. Sixers also saw a similar result losing a close game against Melbourne Renegades Women. Sydney Sixers Women had won both the games last season against the Stars and they would look to draw inspiration from those wins. They have lot to play for here and this would make it an exciting contest.
Meg Lanning’s side has already made it to the semifinals. But the side lost out a close game against Brisbane Heat Women where their bowlers weren’t able to defend a big score. Lanning would want her girls to put that behind and go into the knockout with momentum on their side. They lost both their games against Sixers last season and shall be pressing hard for a win here.
Elyse Villani and Lanning have provided good starts to the side and the same would be expected of them in this game. In Mignon du Preez and Natalie Sciver, the side has two batters looking in good form at the moment. Annabel Sutherland, Katherine Brunt and Alana King bring in power hitting capabilities to this batting line-up and they shall look to do well in this game.
Their bowlers had a bad day at the office in the last game and shall look to keep that performance behind. Brunt and Tess Flintoff bowled well in the game but the remaining bowlers were expensive. Sciver and King will have to restrict the flow of runs in the middle overs and the side would be expecting a better show from Sophie Side in this match.
Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Natalie Sciver, Annabel Sutherland, Katherine Brunt, Alana King, Tess Flintoff, Nicole Faltum (wk), Sophie Day, Holly Ferling
Ellyse Perry’s side again went back to their losing ways with a loss against the Melbourne Renegades Women in the last game. They have lost the last six out of seven games and look short on confidence. The side will have to win this one by a big margin to keep its hopes alive for a place in the semifinals. Perry would look at her senior players to deliver a solid performance here.
Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy are in superb form and they set a 104 run stand in the last game. The side would need something similar from them here. Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp and Erin Burns also did well in the last game they will look to carry that confidence forward. In Angela Reakes and Jodie Hicks they have good hitters of the ball down the order going into this contest.
It was a huge letdown by their bowlers who failed to defend a score of 166 runs. Perry and Kapp have to deliver early blows for the side against the strong batting line-up they will be up against. Stella Campbell, Stella Campbell, Burns and Sarah Aley will need to check their line and avoid bowling lose balls in this game.
Ellyse Perry (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Dane van Niekerk, Erin Burns, Marizanne Kapp, Angela Reakes, Lisa Griffith, Hayley Silver-holmes, Sarah Aley, Jodie Hicks, Stella Campbell
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||24||0 mm.||4.05 k/h||From: NE||79%|
|03h||24||0.74 mm.||4.51 k/h||From: NE||90%|
|06h||25||0.27 mm.||3.04 k/h||From: NE||96%|
|09h||24||0.52 mm.||5.29 k/h||From: NNE||84%|
|12h||20||1.25 mm.||4.38 k/h||From: SSW||51%|
|15h||20||0.22 mm.||1.96 k/h||From: NW||56%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||1.45 k/h||From: SW||78%|
|21h||20||0.67 mm.||1.35 k/h||From: NE||87%|
There would be clouds over Sydney on November 22 and this is likely to make it difficult for the batters. The ball is expected to move around a bit at the start of the game and batters will have to be cautious. The side batting first here would have to target a score in the range of 150 runs to feel safe.
A small venue in comparison to others in Sydney, North Sydney has a lively pitch that offers good rewards for the fast bowlers. Batters also have their scoring opportunities with shorter square boundaries in the ground. Spinners have to be on their toes as the small size of the boundaries makes it a challenging venue to bowl on.
It has been a good wicket to chase as we have seen in the results of the last few games. The track remains the same in both the innings while there is some assistance for the bowlers in the first innings. The two captains would have this in their minds and the one winning the toss is likely to put the opponents to bat first.
Sydney Sixers Women have been in a spell of poor form. The side has lost the last six out of seven games after a brilliant start in the season. There would be immense pressure on the side as they have to win this contest to make it to the next round. Melbourne Stars on the other hand would be free of any pressure going into this game. They have a strong batting line-up and considering the form the two sides are in at the moment Stars would start ahead of Sixers in this contest.
Melbourne Stars Women to win