The Perth Scorchers are on a bit of a role in the ongoing edition of the BBL, having won their last three matches. The team, led by Mitchell Marsh, have climbed up the ladder and are now placed third on the points table. Their next game will pose a far stronger challenge. The Scorchers will be up against the Melbourne Stars at the Perth Stadium in the second of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
A win would help Marsh and Co topple the Sydney Sixers to second in the points table. The Stars are on a six-match winning streak and are the table-toppers with 16 points from nine matches. Their skipper Glenn Maxwell has led from the front and has made the Stars the team to beat. In their previous match, they demolished the Sixers by 44 runs after putting up a massive 219 on the board.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Perth has generally helped the team, batting first. All the four matches thus far at the venue have been won by the side, defending totals. The track tends to get a tad slow as a game progresses. There are no rain predictions and the sun will be out for most part of the encounter. The temperature will be around 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity will mostly be in the 30s and 40s.
The Scorchers have made one change in the squad, bringing in Jaron Morgan in place of Liam Guthrie. Jos Inglis and Liam Livingstone have played a key role with 275 and 226 runs respectively. But Mitchell Marsh has been the stalwart of their batting with 347 runs at 49.57. In bowling, Chris Jordan, Fawad Ahmed and Jhye Richardson have done a chunk of the work with 35 wickets.
Jos Inglis (wk), Liam Livingstone, Sam Whiteman, Mitchell Marsh (C), Tim David, Cameron Bancroft, Cameron Green, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
Nathan Coulter-Nile has returned to the Stars and he replaced Jonathan Merlo. Marcus Stoinis is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 478 runs. The 147* he got last time around would keep him in a positive frame of mind. The likes of Cartwright and Maxwell have done brilliantly as well. In bowling, Rauf has flourished as he has picked 15 wickets at an economy of 6.75.
Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (C), Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Nick Larkin, Clint Hinchcliffe, Daniel Worrall, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Probable Top Performers
Mitchell Marsh – Perth Scorchers |Marcus Stoinis– Melbourne Stars
TV- Sony Six, Sony Six HD
Online– Sony Liv
Match Timings – 03:40 PM IST, and 06:10 PM local time
The prediction is for Melbourne Stars to win the match.
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