In match number 7 of the Big Bash League, Melbourne Stars will be hosting the defending Champions Perth Scorchers on Wednesday at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Melbourne Stars started their BBL campaign with a loss against Brisbane Heat in the first fixture of the tournament. The team will be motivated to bounce back and get their performance on the right track.
Perth Scorchers witnessed their first fixture getting abandoned because of the intervention from Gods of Rain. The team will be eager to play the Wednesday fixture and score a win.
The Scorchers have an aggressive lineup of batters and they will score quick boundaries and maximums.
The betting tip is...
Perth Scorchers to hit over 4.5 sixes
The decision to bowl first against Brisbane Heat turned out to be the wrong one for Melbourne Stars and its skipper Glenn Maxwell.
The bowlers were unable to do major damage to the opposition as only Joel Paris, Glenn Maxwell, and Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up a single wicket each. Bowlers failed to control the game and the pressure came on the batters to score runs.
On the batting front, Tom Rogers (1 off 2), Sam Harper (4 off 2), and Joe Burns (22 off 23) failed to give the team the required momentum at the top order.
In the middle order, Glenn Maxwell (23 off 14) and Hilton Cartwright (33 off 16) tried to balance the situation but couldn't handle the pressure. The lower-order was an easy catch for the opposition and the stars witnessed a disappointing end to the game.
Skipper Glenn Maxwell won’t be making any changes to the team for the 2nd fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Joel Paris, Usama Mir, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Harper, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Olly Stone, Liam Dawson, Thomas Fraser Rogers
The Scorchers will be ready to start their BBL journey as their first fixture was stopped due to rains. With 5-titles in their bag, Perth Scorchers is the most successful team in BBL and it is not an easy task to dominate them.
Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, and Ashton Turner will be the key players on the batting front. The trio were on the list of top 6 highest run-scorers in the previous season.
Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson will be responsible for the pace attack with Andrew Tye as the third pace bowler who is known for his death over bowling. The Scorchers have a major void in their spin department as Ashton Agar is recovering from an injury and won’t be part of the team.
Except for Ashton Agar, no other player will miss out on the fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Jason Behrendorff, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner, Hamish Mckenzie, Cooper Connolly, Nick Hobson, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Stephen Eskinazi
Melbourne Stars are missing out on their depth when it comes to the batting unit. The team will be dependent on Glenn Maxwell to play a crucial role.
Perth Scorchers, on the other hand, have a good lineup of players on both ends. They have a good mixture of experienced players who can win matches for the team in any situation. We predict a win for the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.