Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars look to maintain winning run!
Melbourne Stars to win the match!
Perth Scorchers had a very indifferent start to this season of the BBL. They lost three out of their first four games of this tournament but they've won their last three games in a row now. They chased down 176 against Melbourne Renegades before racking up huge scores against Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes and defending it with relative ease. Thus, the Scorchers are looking really good at the moment and are currently, third on the points table with 10 points.
Melbourne Stars have been the best team in the competition so far. They have lost just one game so far and that too was when they fell four runs short of Adelaide Strikers’ total of 174 a fortnight ago. Since then, they’ve been on a roll. The Glenn Maxwell-led side has won six games in a row and has almost qualified for the semi-finals. In fact, they might well be in for a top finish in the points table. Be it batting first or chasing, the Stars have done it all.
It’s been the top order of the Perth Scorchers that has been very good. One of them has invariably gone on to get a big score. Josh Inglis did that in the last game and it was his third fifty of the tournament. He has scored 275 runs at a strike-rate of 155.36 this season. Liam Livingstone has been decent at the top of the order as well as he’s amassed 226 runs and has a strike-rate in excess of 150 as well. It is Mitchell Marsh who has been dominant and scored runs consistently.
Only Marcus Stoinis has more runs than his 347 runs in this BBL. He’s chipped in nicely with the ball too. Sam Whiteman who has batted at 3 in the last two games has been disappointing.
On the other hand, Jhye Richardson stepped up in the last game and scalped a four-wicket haul to lead the Scorchers to a thumping win. He has taken 13 wickets and has a strike-rate of 15.6 with the ball. Chris Jordan and Fawad Ahmed have done well and both of them have 11 wickets each.
Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis (wk), Sam Whiteman, Mitchell Marsh (c), Cameron Bancroft, Cameron Green, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
Joel Paris, Timothy David, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Jaron Morgan, Fawad Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, CT Bancroft
The Melbourne Stars batting line-up has largely depended on a couple of players and that is Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. Both the Australian internationals have been in excellent form and have sent a message to the selectors after being left out of the ODI squad. Stoinis has smashed 478 runs at an average of 79.66 and struck a record-breaking ton against Sydney Sixers in the last game. He smoked an unbeaten 147 which is the highest-ever individual score in the history of the Big Bash.
Moreover, Stoinis is the leading run-getter in the BBL this season. Maxwell has been his usual self, smashing the bowlers all around the park with some unorthodox shots. He has 316 runs at an average of 79 and a strike-rate of 170.81. There haven’t been any other big contributions for the Stars. Hilton Cartwright has been decent at the top of the order. Nick Larkin has 104 runs from four innings as well. On the other hand, Haris Rauf has been magnificent with the ball.
The Pakistan fast bowler has picked up 15 wickets and has looked in a great rhythm. He has a strike-rate of 9.6 this season and averages a mere 10.80. Sandeep Lamichhane has been slightly expensive but is amongst the wickets as he’s taken nine this season. Daniel Worrall and Lance Morris have blown hot and cold.
Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell (c), Seb Gotch (wk), Nick Larkin, Clint Hinchliffe, Daniel Worrall, Lance Morris, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Hilton Cartwright, Sebastian Gotch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Haris Rauf, Jackson Coleman, N Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, D Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben Dunk
The pitches in Perth have been excellent batting tracks and the batsmen have enjoyed scoring runs on it. The ball comes on nicely and the bounce is true and it has aided shot making as well. It is going to be hot in Perth with temperatures ranging between 25 and 30 degrees during the game.
The Perth Stadium is the latest cricket stadium with a huge capacity. It has already hosted four BBL games this season and each of them has been a high-scoring one. All the four BBL games in this 2019-20 season so far have seen scores in excess of 170 being put up while batting first.
Contrary to the general trend in T20 cricket, Perth has been a ground where teams batting first have been more successful. In fact, each of the four games in this season of the BBL at the venue have been won by teams batting first. They have racked up big scores and defended it. Hence, the captain winning the toss might bat first.
It is expected to be a cracker of a contest. These are two in-form teams who’ve been on a roll in the recent past. Perth Scorchers are picking up pace as they’ve won three in a row while Melbourne Stars have built a winning streak of six games. It is tough to pick one but the Stars might start slight favourites, given
Melbourne Stars to win the match!