Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars (AS vs MS)
Date: January 11, 2021
Venue: Adelaide Oval – Adelaide, Australia
We are nearing the business end of the Big Bash League, and every match from now on is of great importance. The points table is cluttered in the middle, and teams would be eyeing crucial wins here to consolidate their place in the top half. The Adelaide Strikers have won 4 games with 5 defeats, and are currently on fourth position in the points table, while Melbourne Stars have three wins with four defeats, but they have played a game less.
The Strikers are not in the best of forms, with three defeats in their last four games, and are almost in a must win situation when they take on the Stars. Their batting has been inconsistent, despite the presence of players such as Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald. Phil Salt and Matthew Renshaw have struggled, and the side will hope they can raise their game so the bowling attack has something to play with.
Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, are a strong side but they have been inconsistent as well. Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran all pack a punch but they have been let down by the showings of Andre Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright and Nic Larkin.
The day is likely to be warm and clear with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will be in the mid thirties.
Pitch Report of AS vs MS:
The track here is a flat one, and there will be plenty of runs on offer. The wicket will slow down in the second half, and a target of 165 will be competitive.
The team that will look to bat first as chasing is not the easiest here. The track slows down in the second half, and defending will be a wise decision.
AS Expected XI and Team News
The Adelaide Strikers have been dealt a major blow as they will be without the services of Peter Siddle for the next few games. The fast bowler suffered a thumb fracture. This will be Rashid Khan’s last game of the season.
Alex Carey: The Australian wicket keeper has been the best batter for his team this season, with 258 runs in 7 games. He will be eager to lead from the front yet again in an important game.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner will be eager to sign off from the BBL this year on a high. The conditions will suit his bowling style.
Matt Renshaw, Philip Salt, Alex Carey (c & wk), Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald , Ryan Gibson, Rashid Khan, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Harry Nielsen, Harry Conway
MS Expected XI and Team News
The Melbourne Stars have not yet announced their squad for the upcoming clash. We can expect them to go into the game with the same XI.
Glenn Maxwell: The all-rounder has been in excellent form this season, and has been aggressive, with a strike rate of over 150.
Marcus Stoinis: The all-rounder has roared back to form after a quiet start to the edition. He struck a ninety recently, and will be eager to continue his form.
Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nicholas Pooran, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (wk), Adam Zampa, Sam Rainbird, Haris Rauf, Billy Stanlake
Head to head record of AS vs MS:
The two teams have played each other 11 times in the history of the Big Bash League, with hardly anything to choose from between the two teams. Adelaide Strikers have registered 6 wins, while the Melbourne Stars have 5 wins in the encounter.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for AS vs MS:
WK: Alex Carey is the leading run scorer for his team, with 258 runs, including two fifties. He averages nearing 37 this season and has been striking the ball well as well. He will want to carry forward his form in an important game.
Batsmen: Jake Weatherald has scored 225 runs in the season thus far, and has been consistent for the side, with two fifties. He has a strike rate of over 138, which is evidence of his big hitting skills. Phil Salt has been getting starts, and has scored 190 runs thus far, but he will want more consistency, while Ryan Gibson has struck at 136.84 in the 4 innings that he has batted in.
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are two of the most dangerous players, and will have the onus of leading the side with another strong showing here. The skipper is the leading run scorer for the team, with 255 runs with two fifties, at a strike rate of over 152. He can be handy with the ball as well. Marcus Stoinis, another experienced campaigner, roared back to form in the last few games. He scored an unbeaten 97 last week, which took his tally to 230 this season. He has a strike rate of 161.97, and will be the key at the top of the order.
Bowlers: Rashid Khan has picked up 14 wickets in the edition, and will want to end his season with a strong showing here. Daniel Briggs has 8 scalps in nine games, and can be more than handy with the bat as well, while the trio of Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake and Sam Rainbird have combined to pick up 22 wickets, with the latter playing just three games thus far.
Captain and VC: Glenn Maxwell and Jake Weatherald
Match Prediction for AS vs MS:
Both teams have blown hot and cold this season, but we back Melbourne Stars to get over the line due to the presence of in-form big hitters Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran, who complement their bowlers well.