Melbourne Stars’ aim for third consecutive win of the season
Melbourne Stars to win
It is the 9th game in the Big Bash League 2020-21 and Perth Scorchers would have a formidable challenge on their hands as they take on the table toppers Melbourne Stars in this game. The Scorchers lost their opening game to the Melbourne Renegades and need to win this one for their first points of the season. The Stars have won both their games and come into this contest after an easy win over the Sydney Thunder.
Melbourne Stars are one of the strongest outfits in the tournament and have good depth in their batting as well as bowling departments. They haven’t put a step wrong so far in the season and they would be eying their third win here. For the Scorchers this game would be all about getting their act together and avoiding another loss that can put them in a spot of bother.
Ashton Turner saw his side suffer a crashing defeat at the hands of Melbourne Renegades in their opening game. Batting first they could only manage to get only 130 runs on the board and went down by 7 wickers. Turner would want his players to pull up their socks going into the next game against Melbourne Stars who are looking in great form at the moment.
The opening pair of Colin Munro and Josh Inglis went out cheaply in the last game and they have to fire here in this game. In the middle order Joe Clarke, Mitchell Marsh and Turner will need to convert their starts which they failed to do in the last game. Aaron Hardie did well down the order but the side would be expecting more runs from Cameron Bancroft and Jhye Richardson towards the end of the innings.
Jason Behrendorff and Richardson did well with the new ball in the last game and they would be expected to strike early. Andrew Tye was expensive in the last game and the side would be expecting better efforts from him here. In Fawad Ahmed and Turner the side has bowlers who are good in this format and they will be expected to do well here.
Ashton Turner (c), Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (wk), Joe Clarke, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
AJ Tye, CT Bancroft, Joe Clarke, Josh Inglis, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Mitchell Marsh, AJ Turner, Joel Paris, Aaron Hardie, Colin Munro
Glenn Maxwell’s side has made a good start to the tournament and they have won both their games so far. It was an easy win for them in the last game against the Sydney Thunder where they batted well and the bowlers were on the mark to guide them to a 22-run win. They had won both the games against the Scorchers last season and would be looking for a similar show here.
Marcus Stoinis is looking in good form at the top and shall look to provide a positive start alongside Andre Fletcher. Maxwell has had a good summer and adds great strength to the middle order along with Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk and Nick Larking. With Adam Zampa and Clint Hinchliffe they have good depth in their batting and this is one of the biggest positives for the side.
Zampa and Liam Hatcher did well in the middle overs but the side has lot to improve as far as their bowling is concerned. Maxwell and Billy Stanlake were expensive with the new ball and the side would look for a better show from them here. Dilbar Hussain, Cartwright and Hinchliffe would be expected to bowl tighter lines in this game.
Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Ben Dunk (wk), Clint Hinchliffe, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Dilbar Hussain
Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Tom O'Connell, Nicholas Pooran, ADS Fletcher, Glenn Maxwell, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0 mm.||4.48 k/h||From: SSE||84%|
|03h||16||0.23 mm.||3.27 k/h||From: SSE||95%|
|06h||13||2.17 mm.||3.27 k/h||From: SSE||98%|
|09h||12||0.30 mm.||3.57 k/h||From: SSE||100%|
|12h||11||0 mm.||4.11 k/h||From: SSE||100%|
|15h||11||1.08 mm.||3.79 k/h||From: SSE||100%|
|18h||11||0.19 mm.||3.87 k/h||From: SSE||100%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: SSE||100%|
It would be overcast skies over Launceston on December 16 and there are good chances of rains during the game. The pitch would be a tricky one to bat on a there would be bounce and movement for the fast bowlers. Batsmen will have to be careful on this surface and anything over 160 runs is likely to be a fighting total on this surface.
Aurora Stadium, Launceston is smaller in size as compared to the big venues we see in Australia and this allows batsmen to free their arms without much of hesitation. Fast bowlers do get good assistance from the surface in this venue but spinners have to be tight with their line given the small dimensions of the venue.
In most of the games played so far we have seen the teams winning the toss preferring to bowl first. The pitches have been good and allowed teams to chase scores. The side winning the toss here is likely to invite the opponents to bat and try to get them out for a small total.
Perth Scorchers have started the season on a wrong foot. More than the defeat it is the scale of the defeat that would have hurt the side’s confidence. Their batting looked miserable in the last game and they would need to make huge improvements for this one. With two wins in two games the Melbourne Stars are in good form and have most of their key players in the right frame of mind and this would make them favorites to win this one and retain their top spot on the points table.
Melbourne Stars to win