Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers, 13th T20 Match Prediction2020-01-19
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Can dominant Melbourne Stars register the consecutive win against the Perth Scorchers?
We predict Melbourne Stars will win this match!
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It will be the second time in a week, Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers will take on each other. In the earlier outing, Stars have outplayed Scorchers in all three departments. Batting first, scorchers were bundled out on a score of just 86. Notably, it was the lowest scorer of the season.
The Stars have won nine of their 10 matches in this season's competition and sit in a commanding position at top of the table. Bowling unit was absolutely brilliant to all-out in-form scorchers on the lower score. Chase was led by the man in form, Marcus Stoinis. He is in stupendous form this season. Stars would hope to carry on the good form and record another win of the season.
On the other side, Scorchers who bounced back brilliantly after winning four-win games lost the momentum in the last game. It was a horror show from the erratic scorchers as nine of their batsmen got out on a single digit. Jose Inglis was the top scorer for scorchers with just 37 runs. Now, with 5 wins from 10 games this season, they are currently placed at the fourth position in point table. As the tournament is moving to the last leg of the league, the visitors can't afford to lose further games. They would seek resurgence and get the momentum.
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Unlike opponent, the Stars have played flawless cricket. They have knocked everything off, in all three departments of the game, and are looking pretty strong and balanced. They have 18 points to their name in ten matches and their berth in the semifinals is very certain.
On the batting front, Marcus Stoinis is having a great season, he scored 517 runs from the last ten games at a staggering average of 76.16. It also includes his 147 runs knock, the best individual score in BBL history. Skipper Glen Maxwell also doing what he is known for, smashing balls all around the park. He is looking very positive this season. He is also amongst the leading scorer in BBL, scored 316 runs in nine games at an impressive strike rate of 170.81. He is the biggest threat for any opponent as when on a song can take the game away within a span of few deliveries.
Other younger players like Nick Larkin, Hilton Cartwright, and Ben Dunk are also contributing well in playing very well. In the bowling department, the emergence of Haris Rauf was not something that anyone could have expected and that has just raised the performance of the side to another level. He bagged 16 wickets in just seven games and currently at second place in leading wicket-taker.
Key Player: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Haris Rauf
Hilton Cartwright, Lance Morris, Sebastian Gotch, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, N Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, D Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane
Perth Scorchers’, despite losing the ones sided game is unlikely to make any changes in the upcoming game. Skipper Mitched Marsh and co. would look to correct the mistake made against the same opponent and play smart cricket. Scorchers batting is pretty stable, as the likes of Josh Inglis and Mitchell Marsh scoring in excess of 250 runs this season The onus will be on batting duo when playing against the inform Stars side.
Opening batsmen JP Inglis also has been lived up to the expectation, he smashed 312 runs from the last 10 games. He would be the player to watch out for.
Pacer attack form by Jhye Richardson and Chris Jodan are in remarkable form. They found their form just in time and now bowling with great discipline. J Richardson is leading wicket-taker for the side, bagged 13 wickets from 10 games.
C Jordan from other end supported him well, picked 11 wickets. The bowling duo needs to be at their best against the formidable Stars batting line-up. Lead spinner, Fawad Ahmed also helps the side providing a crucial breakthrough in middle overs, picked 12 wickets so far this season.
Key Players: Mitchell Marsh, Jhye Richardson, JP Inglis
Matthew Kelly, Timothy David, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Josh Inglis, Kurtis Patterson, Mitchell Marsh, CT Bancroft
The sky is clear and the weather is absolutely perfect for the game of cricket to take place in Melbourne on Saturday.
The surface at MCG is considered to be one of the most competitive surfaces in the world. It offers a fine balance between bat and ball. While the bowlers get some assistance early on with mostly genuine bounce, as it gets old, the batsmen can play their strokes freely.
The match will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne
Out of the earlier five games played this season, three games were comfortably won by the chasing team. Hence, the trend is expected to continue with the team winning the toss expected to bowl first.
Melbourne stars are playing great all-round cricket in all three departments. Notably, they are the most consistent side throughout the season. Besides, the Stars are a better-balanced side with their prime batmen are phenomenal this season.
Therefore, we think that the Melbourne Stars are outright favourite to win in this match.
We predict Melbourne Stars will win this match!
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