Date & Time: Friday, December 27, 13:40 IST
Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland, Australia.
Strikers face Red hot Stars
Melbourne Stars, the last edition of BBL runners up has started the season with back to back victories as they successfully defined totals against the Heat and Hurricanes. The good thing for them is that their bowling has outplayed their star-studded batting line up. On the other side, their opponents on Tuesday, the Strikers have registered their first win of the season against the Scorchers in the rain-hit match. Their batting has performed to its potential but the bowling seems to be the weaker link which could be tested against the Stars.
Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are the two top-rated all rounders of the match who have a PPM of 51 and 46 respectively in the format.
In this match, bowlers have better records compared to batsmen in the format. Hence it is wise to pick at least 4 bowlers in a given team. Rashid Khan leads the way in the list with a PPM of 50 in the format. Nathan Coulter Nile and Dale Steyn are the other two top contenders in the list who have a PPM of 45.
In the batting, Jake Wheatherald leads the way with a PPM of 42 from 34 matches. Ben Dunk, Phil Salt, and Alex Carey are also worthy pick to consider in the match who all have a PPM in the 40s in the format.
Haris Rauf is the leading wicket-taker of the Stars, but he has been left out of the 13-men squad for this match. Dale Steyn and Nathan Coulter-Nile who have missed the first two games are likely to make their way straight to the XI. The Strikers, on the other hand, welcome Peter Siddle back to the squad in place of C Valente.
The venue in Queensland has hosted only a few games to date and in those few games, the surface has assisted pacers. The average score of the first innings is around 156, so expect another sporting day if both sides use conditions to good effect.
The Stars skipper who was rested from the game for some time, is not out of touch at all. He demolished the Heats’ attack in the opening match of the side. In the second he may have departed early, but he has compensated by chipping in a couple of wickets. In today’s match expect him to fire in one of the departments as usual.
In the last match, he has showcased why he is the best spinner going around in the world. He put the brakes on the Scorcher’s impressive start by picking wickets at crucial times. Adding to it, if given a chance he can be a handy lower-order batsman. He has an impressiveM of 50 and an MDTA of 1.36 in the format.
The veteran ace paceman is in good form of late in the format. He was among the top 5 wicket-takers in the recently concluded MSL. Adding to it, given that the conditions offer enough assistance for Pacers, expect him to continue his recent good form in today’s match as well.
At times stats don’t reflect true potential of a player. The case is well suited for Australia’s limited-over vice-captain. He may have PPM of only close to 40 in the format but this is due to lack of opportunities with the bat in the national side. His recent form and his record for the Strikers in the past few seasons make him a must-have in today’s match.
He is among the top run-scorers for Strikers in the past couple of years. He is the kind of player who makes his good form count when he is going well. At times, he is not as consistent as he usually is and it has reflected in his MDTA of 2.15 in format.