Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars will face each other at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide) on Monday (11th January) during the 36th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
Currently, Adelaide Strikers are in the fourth position in the BBL 10 points table with 17 points (4 wins and 5 loses) in nine games. In the meantime, Melbourne Stars have earned 15 points (3 wins, 4 loses and 1 no result) in eight games of this season and they are currently in the seventh position in the BBL 2020/21 points table.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 36: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars – Match Preview
While Adelaide Strikers have played nine games this season, they have won 4 matches and lost 5 games. Though their bowlers are very consistent, their batting team hasn’t maintained the same consistency in this season yet.
Ahead of this upcoming match, Strikers have got a big blow as Peter Siddle will miss this match due to left thumb injury, which he got during their last game. The right-arm pacer Siddle was in very good form as he has taken 13 wickets in 9 matches, including one five-wicket haul.
However, they also have the pacer Wes Agar and leg-spinner Rashid Khan as they have picked up 15 and 14 wickets respectively in this season.
Among their batsmen, captain Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald have scored 258 runs and 225 runs respectively, including two half-centuries each. Phil Salt has also hit two fifties this season as he has scored 190 runs in this season.
Latest full available squad
Alex Carey (C), Wes Agar, Danny Briggs, Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt, Liam Scott, Matt Short, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Lost, Lost, Won and Lost
Though Melbourne Stars got a very good start as they won both the first two games and the next game had no result, they have managed only one more victory in the next five games. As they have recently slipped in the BBL 10 points table, the upcoming matches are going to be the must-win games for them.
Captain Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have shown some good batting form this season. While Maxwell has scored 255 runs in 7 innings, including two half-centuries; Stoinis has also scored 230 runs in 7 innings, including two fifties.
Caribbean cricketer Nicholas Pooran has returned to home. He scored 127 runs in five innings of this season, including one half-century. Afghanistan leggie Zahir Khan has rejoined the side as the overseas replacement of Pooran. While Zahir has already appeared in three games of this season, he has failed to pick up his first wicket of this season yet.
Also, Nic Maddinson has returned to the squad after recovering from a sprained ankle.
While the leg-spinner Adam Zampa and right-arm pacer Liam Hatcher both have played 6 matches each in this season, they have taken 10 wickets each. Also, the right-arm fast bowler Billy Stanlake has got 9 wickets after playing eight matches in this BBL season.
Latest full available squad
Glenn Maxwell (C), Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Zahir Khan, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Sam Rainbird, Haris Rauf, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Lost, Won and Lost
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 36: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars – Match Prediction
Currently, Adelaide Strikers are struggling to maintain consistency while Melbourne Stars have recently suffered some back-to-back defeats.
While both these sides are battling in this BBL season, the upcoming match is a great chance for both these teams to return to the winning path.