The 44th match of the 2019 Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will be played between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades at the Eastern Oval, Ballarat.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (3:00 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST).
The first Melbourne Derby of WBBL 2019 is scheduled on Saturday as the Renegades face a dejected Stars side in Ballarat. Renegades are firmly in the run for a knockout place with five wins in ten games. On the other hand, Melbourne Stars has only two points and are placed at the bottom of the table. Their only win came against the Perth Scorchers in Match 19 and are yet to win a match since then.
Against a well-balanced Renegades side, Stars will need the experience of Elyse Villani to come to the fore. With nothing to lose for the inexperienced Stars, they would love to pull an upset over the Renegades and earn the bragging rights.
No rain is expected during the game with cloudy conditions on the forecast. A cloud cover and humidity of 97% and 47% is expected at the start of the game, according to AccuWeather while the temperature will range from 16 to 20 degrees Celsius during the course of the game.
With this being the first match at this venue in WBBL 2019, not much is known about the surface. Both teams will look to bowl first to get a hang of the conditions although there should be some bounce on offer for the bowlers to exploit in Ballarat.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
Injury and Availability News:
Sophie Molineux has taken a break for her mental health wellbeing and will not be part of this fixture. Makinley Blows has replaced her in the squad.
Probable Playing XIs for Fantasy
Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Jess Duffin (C), Josephine Dooley (WK), Courtney Webb, Erica Kershaw, Georgia Wareham, Maitlan Brown, Carly Leeson, Lea Tahuhu, Molly Strano.
Bench: Anna Lanning, Makinley Blows.
Elyse Villani (C & WK), Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Annabel Sutherland, Erin Osborne, Alana King, Nicola Hancock, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Madeline Penna, Holly Ferling.
Bench: Katey Martin, Kristen Beams, Emma Inglis.
Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have been in good form for the Melbourne Stars. While Lizelle Lee scored the first hundred in WBBL 2019, Mignon du Preez has scored 309 runs at a strike rate of 124.59 in the top order. Maitlan Brown has been the surprise package for the Renegades with 13 wickets so far in the tournament. Her ability to pick wickets in the middle overs hold her in good stead. These players should be picked in Dream11 Fantasy team
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Lizelle Lee, Tammy Beaumont, Sophie Molineux
Vice-Captain – Mignon du Preez, Annabel Sutherland, Maitlan Brown
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues for Fantasy
Keeper – Josephine Dooley
Batsmen – Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee (VC), Tammy Beaumont, Elyse Villani
All-Rounders – Danielle Wyatt (C), Erin Osborne, Madeline Penna
Bowlers – Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Maitlan Brown
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues for Fantasy
Keeper – Josephine Dooley
Batsmen – Jess Duffin, Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez (C)
All-Rounders – Danielle Wyatt, Erin Osborne, Annabel Sutherland
Bowlers – Molly Strano (VC), Holly Ferling, Nicola Hancock, Lea Tahuhu
Melbourne Stars’ batting heavily revolves around the top-order trio of Mignon du Preez, Elyse Villani and Lizelle Lee. Picking two out of the Stars trio would make due for the batting part from the Stars roster.
With Katey Martin being benched by the Stars, Josephine Dooley is the only available wicket-keeping option in the side and should be picked without any hesitation for this contest.
Melbourne Renegades are favourites to win this match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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