Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars will cross paths in the rescheduled match of the Big Bash League (BBL) at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, on January 15, Saturday.
Adelaide Strikers have won just four matches and lost eight encounters, bagging 20 points with a positive net run rate. Rashid Khan’s recent 6-fer brought Strikers back in the tournament and they are looking strong enough to give a good fight.
Though they are not much dangerous towards the business end of the tournament, we can expect them to turn the tables with a lot of players coming up with individual match-winning performances.
Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, have won five matches and lost six encounters, bagging 18 points and are at the sixth spot on the points table. Stars’ comeback has been commendable and they are having their star players back in the set-up, which is a big boost for them.
Stars have a few more games left to grab the top four spot as the tournament is progressing the business end of the tournament in the league stage. We can expect them to come out stronger in this encounter.
Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars, Match 39, Rescheduled Match
Date and Time: January 15, Saturday, 5:10 AM IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
STR vs STA Predicted Playing XI
Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Ian Cockbain, Harry Nielsen (wk), Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle (c), Fawad Ahmed, Harry Conway
Nick Larkin, Beau Webster, Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke (wk), Brody Couch, Qais Ahmad, Adam Zampa, Sam Rainbird, Haris Rauf
Adelaide Oval is known for its beautiful batting wicket. It would be interesting to watch how bowlers fare against batters on this top-class belter. Bowlers need to toil hard to pick timely wickets on this tough bowling surface.
STR vs STA Match Prediction
With a lot of stars back in the set-up, Melbourne Stars look pretty dangerous on paper. They are expected to come out stronger against Adelaide Strikers with all three departments clicking collectively together for them.
STR vs STA Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Team #1: Joe Clarke, Jonathan Wells, Hilton Cartwright, Jake Weatherald, Henry Hunt, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, Qais Ahmad, Haris Rauf
Captain: Matthew Short, Vice-captain: Glenn Maxwell
Fantasy Team #2: Harry Nielsen, Jonathan Wells, Hilton Cartwright, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Glenn Maxwell, Beau Webster, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Rashid Khan, Brody Couch
Captain: Rashid Khan, Vice-captain: Hilton Cartwright