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Adelaide Strikers vs. Melbourne Stars : TOSS DEPENDENT GAME || Big Bash League 2020-21

Big Bash League 2020-21 Match 36

Adelaide Strikers vs. Melbourne Stars Match Prediction – Mon, 11th January

Strikers Hold The Home Advantage:

The Strikers have played hot and cold in this edition, but they are still running for a playoff place. The Strikers have missed consistency in the batting lineup, with only Captain Alex Carey stepping up with fluent performances in several games.

Nevertheless, their bowling attack is debatably the best this season, with Rashid Khan and Wes Agar picking up over 20 wickets shared between them. They will not be availing Peter Siddle’s services, who was ruled out due to injury against the Renegades in the previous game. 

Adelaide Strikers have managed to win four of their nine matches in the season so far. Philip Salt smashed a brilliant half-century in the last match, and Carey has also been scoring some good games. Afghani spinner Rashid Khan will be playing his last match of this tournament owing to his international duty. The Strikers would like to rebound back after their loss against the Stars.

Possible playing XI: Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt, Ryan Gibson, Alex Carey (C&WK), Daniel Worrall, Jono Wells, Jake Weatherald, Wes Agar, Rashid Khan, Danny Briggs, and Harry Conway.

Melbourne Need To Win Badly:

2019 BBL runners-up Melbourne Stars, in the meantime, have won three out of their eight matches and languish near the rock bottom of the BBL points table. Apart from Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, no other member has delivered with the bat. Andre Fletcher has so far been subpar at the top of the order. 

Their bowling lineup has somewhat succeeded in holding things in line with Liam Hatcher leading the path with ten wickets. They lost their recent BBL 2020-21 match and will look to rise in the points table against Strikers on Monday.

Nonetheless, they will be without West Indian striker Nicholas Pooran, whose spell with the Stars has come to an end. It will make things all the more challenging for Maxwell and the team. With Coulter Nile remaining absent due to injury, the Stars will rely upon Liam Hatcher and Adam Zampa in the bowling department. They are now in dire need of a win.

Possible playing XI: Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (C), Seb Gotch (WK), Ben Dunk, Sam Rainbird, Haris Rauf, Billy Stanlake, and Adam Zampa.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

36th Match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2020-21 will witness Adelaide Strikers taking on Melbourne Stars at the Adelaide Oval on Monday 11th January.

The Adelaide Oval dished relatively high-scoring ground and dished out to be the same earlier in the week, which should be the situation on Monday as well. While the ball should skid onto the bat fairly well, the speedsters should get the ball to swing early on in the initial power play. Apart from the extra bounce, the spin bowlers should get the ball to turn and grip.

With this being an evening game, batting under the lights is moderately more comfortable. Thus, both sides will look to bat first upon winning the toss. 170 should be a par score at this venue, with the pitch likely to slow down comprehensively as the match progresses. Albeit even a 200+ score is possible. Thus, keeping in mind the pitch conditions, the toss could be highly crucial. Fifteen of the last 25 games at this venue have resulted in favour of the side batting first.

High Scores on the Board:

The Bowling unit of either of these teams has been leaky. And with the pitch suiting the batters, we shall be in for a high scoring game. The team batting first could exploit the conditions; however, with the bat flip’s uncertainty, it should be a good bet on the Stars at 1.74.

However, we reckon it is a well-matched team contest, and Strikers at 2.10 should be the call. The Strikers have a well-composed team and skill to exploit a winning toss. If they bat first and score plenty on the board, Rashid Khan coming into the bowling lineup can ruin the opposition party. There isn’t much to spare in a batting perspective, considering the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell’s presence on their side.

Captains on the Proposal:

Both team captains know the importance of this game for their team’s campaign in Big Bash League 2020-21. And thus we reckon they should be the top performers for their sides.

Skipper Glenn Maxwell has led the side from the front. He is the top scorer for his team and has chipped in with remarkable bowling performances with decent economic rates. He has maintained 255 runs at 150 and is undoubtedly up for a big knock. Considering his skill for playing the spinners well, he shall be the key against Rashid Khan.

Likewise, the skipper of Adelaide Strikers also is the leading run-scorer for his team. His love for playing at Adelaide will come into play in this game. He has also produced nine dismissals behind the stumps, which is the most in this BBL edition.