On Saturday (23rd January), Melbourne Stars will face Perth Scorchers at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne) during the 50th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
It will be their second meeting in this BBL season while their first meeting of this season had no result. Currently, Perth Scorchers are in the second position in the BBL 10 points table with 28 points in 12 matches. Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars are in the fourth spot in the same points table with 24 points in 12 games.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 50: Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers – Match Preview
In their 12 matches of this BBL season, Melbourne Stars won five games, lost six matches and the other one had no result. At least, one positive result can guide them to the BBL 10 finals (top 5).
Marcus Stoinis and captain Glenn Maxwell are their most shinning batsmen in this BBL season. While Stoinis has scored 370 runs in 11 innings, Maxwell has scored 313 runs in 11 innings. Both have scored two half-centuries each in this BBL season. Also, Nick Larkin has scored 194 runs in 8 innings, including his last two knocks of 43 and 61*.
Adam Zampa has got 18 wickets in 10 matches while Liam Hatcher has taken 13 wickets in 9 matches and Billy Stanlake has scalped 12 wickets in 10 games. Also, skipper Maxwell has picked up 7 wickets.
Andre Fletcher will miss this match due to quadriceps strain. He will leave Australia on Sunday. He scored 206 runs in 12 innings, including one match-winning half-century of 89 not out.
Latest full available squad
Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Zahir Khan, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Ed Newman, Tom O’Connell, Sam Rainbird, James Seymour, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Won, Won and Lost
Last Friday’s victory was Perth Scorchers’ seventh win in this BBL season out of their 12 matches (4 loses and 1 no result). After their Friday afternoon victory, Scorchers will now face Melbourne Stars on the very next evening. In their last eight games, Scorchers won seven times and lost only once.
Colin Munro (358 runs in 11 innings), Josh Inglis (284 runs in 12 innings), Jason Roy (257 runs in 9 innings), Liam Livingston (233 runs in 9 innings), Mitchell Marsh (194 runs in 9 innings) and skipper Ashton Turner (166 runs in 9 innings) have produced some strong batting performances in this BBL season. While Munro has scored 4 half-centuries, Marsh, Inglis and Livingstone have recorded two half-centuries each in this season.
Pacer Jhye Richardson is currently the leading wicket-taker in this BBL season with 25 wickets in 12 games. Also, Andrew Tye has got 13 wickets while Jason Behrendorff and Fawad Ahmed have picked up 11 wickets each.
Latest full available squad
Ashton Turner (C), Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Mitch Marsh, Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Jason Roy, Andrew Tye
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, Lost, Won and Won
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 50: Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers – Match Prediction
Their first meeting of this season had no result due to raining in the early second innings while Melbourne Stars are currently running with the two-match winning streak against Perth Scorchers.
However, currently Perth Scorchers are in great form. So, Scorchers are favourite for the upcoming BBL match.