Melbourne Stars aim to rewrite their stars as Perth Scorchers once again bank on batting!
Expect Perth Scorchers to win this match comfortably!
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|Melbourne Renegades Women||5||2||3||0||0||4||-0.29|
|Sydney Sixers Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||-0.392|
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Perth Scorchers were the last team to start their 2019 WBBL campaign. In fact, the eighth game of the tournament was their first. However, they’ve almost caught up on the number of games and will be playing first this week.
This game against Melbourne Stars will be their second in as many days. Perth has had an indifferent start to this season. They fought hard against the Melbourne Renegades but went down in the final over while trying to defend 132. But they came back strongly to beat the Brisbane Heat convincingly. They chased down 147 with 10 balls to spare and nine wickets in hand. However, the batting failed once again in the third game as they could muster just 115 runs and Adelaide Strikers chased it down inside 15 overs.
Meanwhile, the Melbourne Stars have tried almost everything so far but they’ve haven’t got the results in their favour. They failed to chase down 165 in the first game while they’ve failed to defend scores of 136, 107 and 141 in the next three games. The bowling and batting haven’t really fired in unison.
If Perth would have batted well, they would have won the games. In the three games that Perth Scorchers have played, the pattern has been that. In the only game the batters stood up and delivered, Perth tasted success. While there have been three players who’ve scored half-centuries for them in this tournament, the batting hasn’t clicked collectively. Amy Ellen Jones, Meg Lanning, Natalie Sciver and Nicole Bolton form a solid top four. Jones and Sciver have been the leading run-getters for the team in this tournament while Lanning has scored a fifty but apart from that, she has two single-digit scores.
The middle and lower-middle order hasn’t really fired either which has hurt Perth quite a bit. As far as the bowling is concerned, they’ve been decent. Jemma Barsby and Kim Garth have led the charge and have shared nine wickets between them. Meanwhile, Piepa Cleary has been on the expensive side but has picked up wickets.
Expected XI: Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Natalie Sciver, Nicole Bolton, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Chloe Piparo, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel
|A Ellen Jones||23||15||3||0||153.33|
Meg Lanning, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Amy Ellen Jones, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver, Kim Garth, Jemma Barsby
After a series of one-sided games, Melbourne Stars were pretty close to winning a game but failed to defend 33 runs in the last three overs. The death bowling suffered and eventually, the Stars continued to remain winless. However, the batting seems to be improving. The return to form of the experienced Aussie-Protea duo of Elyse Villani and Lizelle Lee will come as a big boost. Both batters scored the fifties in the last game but the middle-order failed to capitalize on the good start.
Overall, the South African star duo of Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have been the leading run-getters for the side. With the ball, it’s been Erin Osborne who is leading the way. She has taken six wickets so far. The inclusion of Madeline Penna has added more teeth to the bowling attack. The 19-year-old leggie has picked up 4/20 in the last game and was very impressive. The Stars will be hoping the likes of Kristen Beams and Nicole Faltum contribute more with the ball while the middle order chips in well as they search for first points in this tournament.
Elyse Villani (c), Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Erin Osborne, Katey Martin (wk), Tess Flintoff, Madeline Penna, Nicole Faltum, Nicola Hancock, Chloe Rafferty, Kristen Beams
|M du Preez||14||17||1||0||82.35|
Nicole Faltum, Erin Osborne, Holly Ferling, Lizelle Lee, Nicola Hancock, Maddie Penna, Elyse Villani, Tess Flintoff, Mignon du Preez, Katey Martin, Kristen Beams
There is some rain expected in the days leading up to the game. However, it is going to be all clear on Saturday. It is an afternoon start and the temperature will be around 190 with the humidity ranging around 50%. The pitch is expected to be relatively flat but typically, Perth does offer some extra bounce.
Historically, the WACA in Perth is deemed as one of the fastest and bounciest wickets in the world. Over the years, though, it has flattened out and has become a good pitch to bat on. With the new Optus Stadium in Perth, there are not a lot of international games scheduled at the WACA this summer. Only four international fixtures will be played and even they will be during the Women’s T20 World Cup next year.
While the Perth Scorchers have lost both their games batting first and won their only game while chasing, they might want to field first. Melbourne Stars have lost three of their games batting first. Hence, both teams might want to field first and chase down a total.
Perth Scorchers seem the better team at the moment. However, it will be their second game in as many days! But they are better placed than the Stars at the moment and will start this game as favorites.
Expect Perth Scorchers to win this match comfortably!