Both Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars started the ongoing BBL, being at the bottom half of the points table. However, as the tournament has progressed, both the teams have found momentum and are among the firm favourites to make the playoffs.
Ashton Turner’s Scorchers, having won seven out of their last eight matches, are in superb form and are at second in the points table. The Scorchers and Stars are now set to lock horns against each other in the second of Saturday’s doubleheader at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Scorchers would be going into the game on the back of back-to-back wins. But at the MCG, the Stars are unbeaten this season. However, after being rolled over by the Melbourne Renegades, Glenn Maxwell and Co would be looking for redemption.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Melbourne has been fairly good for batting. The track hasn’t shown many demons thus far in the tournament. But the track has shown signs of slowing down a wee bit in the second half of the games.
Hence, batting first should be the way forward for the teams. The temperature would be around the 28 degrees-Celsius mark with the humidity in the 40s. There are no chances of rain.
Average first-innings score
164.5 (2 completed T20 match in BBL 2020-21)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 1; Lost – 1
Playing Combinations for STA vs SCO
Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Glenn Maxwell (C), Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (WK), Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Zahir Khan Pakteen
Bench– Billy Stanlake, James Seymour, Jackson Coleman, Sam Rainbird, Lance Morris, Clint Hinchcliffe
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (C), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andre Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
Bench– Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Kelly, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Corey Rocchiccioli
Probable Top Performers for STA vs SCO
Glenn Maxwell– Melbourne Stars
Glenn Maxwell has been a fulcrum of the Stars’ unit in the ongoing edition of the BBL. In 12 matches, the Victorian has 313 runs at an average and strike-rate of 31.30 and 142.92 respectively.
He likes to play his shots with any fear and the approach has paid dividends. He also has seven wickets to show for his efforts. If he gets going then the Scorchers, well and truly, could end up chasing leather.
Jason Roy– Perth Scorchers
Jason Roy joined the Scorchers in the middle of the tournament and his inclusion has bolstered the team’s batting to quite a large extent. In nine matches, the England batter has scored 257 runs at an average and strike-rate of 32.12 and 129.14 respectively.
Like Maxwell, Roy prefers to take the attack to the opposition. The Scorchers would be hoping that Roy gives them a brisk start in the powerplay.
Match timings – 07:15 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Melbourne Stars to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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