A Melbourne Derby between two extremities!
Melbourne Stars will win the match!
BBL2019-20 season is on the move with the Australian summer and the end of the test series might bring in more star players to the team. The league phase will get more and more interesting as it approaches the end.
The two Melbourne franchises fight it out here and they are having different campaigns so far. Melbourne Stars are at the top of the table while Defending Champions Melbourne Renegades are reeling at the bottom.
Melbourne Renegades will officially be knocked out of the competition if they lose even one match in their remaining 7 matches. Melbourne Stars will look to further strengthen their position in the points table.
Renegades will need to free themselves from the mental pressure of winning and should enjoy playing the game at the moment. Beau Webster and Sam Harper`s half-centuries took their team to a good total of 175 runs from a worrisome position of 48/3 at the end of 7 overs.
Aaron Finch and Shaun marsh have fared better with some cameos but are not consistent enough to their levels. Dan Christian and Marcus Harris are the biggest failures from the team this season. Kane Richardson is their best bowler on display this season with 10 scalps.
Richard Gleeson and Cameron Boyce have fared better with 6 & 5 wickets respectively. The rest of the bowling attack has contributed with just 4 wickets in the 7 matches so far.
Aaron Finch – Skipper Aaron Finch is going through a lean patch with scores of 0, 25 & 9 in the last three matches after a good start to the tournament with the bat. Finch needs to bat well and lead the team from the front to inspire his team.
Kane Richardson – Kane Richardson has an economy of 6.6 RPO and has taken 10 wickets. No Other bowler has conceded less than 7 RPO for their team (min. 5 overs). He has been the lone warrior with the ball in hand for them.
Shaun Marsh, Samit Patel, Aaron Finch (c), Kane Richardson, Daniel Christian, Marcus Harris, Cameron Boyce, Beau Webster, Richard Gleeson, Sam Harper (wk), Will Sutherland
Sam Harper, TLW Cooper, Shaun Marsh, SR Patel, Joe Mennie, Cameron Boyce, Marcus Harris, Richard Gleeson, BJ Webster, DT Christian, Will Sutherland
Melbourne Stars have had their best season with 6 wins of 7 matches and a couple of more wins will secure them a place in knockouts. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell lead the batting chart for their team with runs tally of 331 & 227 respectively. The rest of the batting line up looks weak as no other batsmen have crossed the 100-run tally so far after 7 matches.
Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf is having a dream season with 13 wickets in just 4 matches so far. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Daniel Worrall will join Rauf to form the pace bowling unit for their team. The spin trio of Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichchame and Glenn Maxwell has been their biggest strength with a combined tally of 6 wickets at less than 7 RPO.
Marcus Stoinis – Stoinis is their leading run-scorer for the second time in a row with 331 runs at a strike rate of 130. He has three back-to-back fifties in the last three matches and is in sublime form.
Haris Rauf – Haris Rauf`s season keeps getting better with every match and he registered his BBL hat-trick last match and has 14 wickets in just 4 matches. He laso has an impressive economy rate of less than 6 RPO.
Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Peter Handscomb (wk), Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Hilton Cartwright, Lance Morris, Sebastian Gotch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Haris Rauf, Clint Hinchliffe, N Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben Dunk
The weather looks dark and cloudy with 60% chances of rain and we can expect rain to intervene at some point of the match.
Docklands stadium is one of the bowler friendly grounds in BBL circuit and we can see spinners enjoy more success here. The average score here will be around 150-160 runs.
Stars have won chasing in three consecutive matches while Renegades have lost defending in the three consecutive matches. We expect both captains to chase doen the target in this match.
Melbourne Renegades have an ill-performing bowling attack that does not look threatening sans Kane Richardson.
Melbourne Stars' success this season has been built around their bowling attack and they have a well-rounded bowling unit with pacers and spinners. But, they are over-reliance on Maxwell and Stoinis in batting may haunt them.
We expect Melbourne Stars to win this match!
Melbourne Stars will win the match!