In the 20th fixture of the Big Bash League, Adelaide Strikers will be hosting Melbourne Stars on Sunday at Adelaide Oval. Both teams are at a point differential of one point and hence we expect an absolute thriller between the two.
Adelaide Strikers are currently at the fourth spot in the point table with a single win and a net run rate of +0.175.
Melbourne Stars are currently in the seventh position in the point table with a single win and a net run rate of -2.172.
Matt Short is the fourth-highest scorer in the league and has an average of 68.50 in the last 2 fixtures.
The betting tip is...
Matt Short to score more than 40.5+ runs.
The Strikers have displayed a competitive performance in the new season of BBL and they can be considered as one of the strong teams in the league. The top-order combination of D’Arcy Short, Matt Short, and Chris Lynn have given the team the required strength at the start.
Jake Weatherald and Adam Hose are the weak links who stand in the middle order. The duo needs to pull up their socks to give the team the required strength in the middle order. Jamie Overton is the key player at the lower end whose strength lies as a finisher for the team.
Skipper Matt Short and David Payne will be expected to give a dominating start to the team with the new ball. Overton is also acting as a crucial third pacer in the team and he has been successful for the Strikers till now. Wes Agar is a weak link in the bowling but his experience is valuable to the team.
Skipper Matthew Short won’t be making any changes to the team for the Sunday fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Matthew Short (c), D Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Jake Weatherald, Adam Hose, Jamie Overton, James Bazley, Harry Nielsen (wk), Wes Agar, David Payne, Cameron Boyce
Melbourne Stars are in deep trouble as they are currently in the second-last position and they have won their first fixture of the season after three consecutive losses. Their primary struggles lie in the batting lineup where Tom Rogers, Sam Harper, and Beau Webster have failed to give the team a positive start.
The World Cup star Glenn Maxwell also has failed to impress in the middle order. Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright will be expected to play some risky shorts and score quick runs in the middle order.
In the bowling unit, Usama Mir & Haris Rauf are the key players for the Stars. Since the day they both started playing, the Stars are getting positive results with the bowl. Joel Paris and Imad Wasim will have to be dominating with the new ball and Marcus Stoinis needs to scalp wickets to keep the spirits of the team high.
After a win over the Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars will be coming up with a similar winning combination on Sunday.
Predicted Lineup: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Joel Paris, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Sam Harper, Hilton Cartwright, Imad Wasim, Jonathan Merlo, Thomas Fraser Rogers
Melbourne Stars’ win over Sydney Sixers will give them the required confidence for the rest of the season. However, their struggles in the batting unit are still not being solved.
Adelaide Strikers is a well-balanced team with a good depth in batting and the bowlers have also done a fair job. We predict a win for the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.