Melbourne Stars started the ongoing edition of the BBL with a couple of thumping victories. However, only a solitary win in their last six matches have pushed them down to the seventh spot in the points table.
Despite having some quality power-hitters in their ranks, the Stars have struggled. Their next match is against the Adelaide Strikers on Monday, January 11 at the Adelaide Oval. On head-to-head count, the Strikers are leading the Stars by 6-5. In Adelaide, the Stars have a 5-1 record though in their favour.
Going into the next game, the Strikers won’t be having Peter Siddle, who’s been ruled out due to a fractured thumb. It’s also Rashid Khan’s last match in the tournament as he would be leaving for national duties. The Strikers are placed fourth on the points table.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Adelaide has been a fairly decent one for the batters. The average first innings score in the mid-160s shows that the deck is a sporting one. The spinners are likely to get a fair amount of purchase from the strip.
The playing conditions will be cloudy but with no chances of rain. The temperature will be around the 24 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly be in the 40s.
Average first-innings score
165 (4 unaffected T20 matches)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 2; Lost – 2
Playing Combinations for STR vs STA
Matt Renshaw, Phillip Salt, Alex Carey (C and WK), Jake Weatherald, Ryan Gibson, Jonathan Wells, Rashid Khan, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Daniel Worrall, Harry Conway
Bench– Cameron Valente, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Spencer Johnson, Liam Scott, Matthew Short
Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell (C), Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Seb Gotch (WK), Adam Zampa, Sam Rainbird, Haris Rauf, Billy Stanlake
Bench– Ben Dunk, Tom O Connell, Liam Hatcher, Samuel Elliot, Clint Hinchcliffe, Lance Morris
Probable Top Performers for STR vs STA
Rashid Khan– Adelaide Strikers
Rashid Khan has arguably been the standout bowler for the Strikers in the tournament. In nine matches, he has 14 wickets at an economy rate of 6.82. It goes without saying Alex Carey and Co would be missing his services going forward.
Rashid is someone, who can bowl at any stage of the match. He is no mug with the bat either. Before leaving, he’ll be looking to put up one last impressive performance.
Glenn Maxwell– Melbourne Stars
Glenn Maxwell is currently the leading run-scorer for the Stars in the T20 league. In eight matches, the skipper has racked up 255 runs at an average and strike-rate of 42.50 and 152.69 respectively. He has a top score of an unbeaten 71.
The Victorian may also roll his arms over against the Strikers since the opposition has quite a few left-handed batsmen in their ranks. Maxwell has three wickets in the tournament.
Match timings – 06:45 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Adelaide Strikers 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.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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