After a horrible start to the season, Sydney Thunder finally showed some intent as they defeated the defending champions Perth Scorchers by 25 runs in their last match. Melbourne Stars on the other hand are still winless after their three matches in the WBBL. With the expectation to change the scenario, they will lock horns with Thunder on October 23 at W.A.C.A ground in Perth.
Coming back to Thunder, their batting woes finally came to an end as England international Tammy Beaumont finally returned back to form. Against the quality bowling line-up of Perth, the 31-year-old smashed 77 off 59 deliveries while captain Rachael Haynes supported her beautifully in the middle.
Coming to the bowlers, Lauren Smith completely stole the show with a fifer. In her four overs, she gave away just 17 runs and absolutely destroyed Scorcher’s middle order. Now even though Sammy-Jo Johnson went for a lot of runs (50 off four overs), she picked up two important wickets of Sophie Devine and Marizanne Kapp, who could have been dangerous for Perth.
Now, talking about the Stars, the team came close to defeat the Scorchers in the previous match but eventually lost in the final over. The Nicole Faltum-led side have not played bad cricket so far in the tournament but the result hasn’t gone their way. The main reason behind that is their poor form in batting. Bowlers have done reasonably well so far and if they manage to do that, Sydney Thunder will be under pressure right from the start. If they capitalize on that, the Stars can actually go on to record their first victory in the tournament.
ST-W vs MS-W, Match Details
Venue: W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
Date and Time: October 23, 8:10 AM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv
ST-W vs MS-W, Match 15, Pitch Report
There were runs raining in the last match at W.A.C.A and one can expect similar conditions when Thunder takes on Stars in the competition. Spinners might get some assistance from the pitch after the initial overs.
ST-W vs MS-W, Match 15, Probable Playing XIs
Tammy Beaumont, Phoebe Litchfield, Amy Jones, Rachael Haynes(c), Tahlia Wilson(w), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Olivia Porter, Lea Tahuhu, Lauren Smith, Belinda Vakarewa, Samantha Bates
Lauren Winfield-Hill, Jemimah Rodrigues, Alice Capsey, Annabel Sutherland, Kim Garth, Nicole Faltum(w/c), Sasha Moloney, Tess Flintoff, Sophie Reid, Rhys McKenna, Sophie Day
ST-W vs MS-W, Match 15, Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter
Even though Stars’ Lauren Winfield-Hill is in great form, Tammy Beaumont with her last knock is one of the players to look out for in the upcoming match. With a strike rate of 107.50, the 31-year-old smashed 86 runs in four matches so far. Opening the innings, she can once again prove dangerous for the opponent.
Probable best bowler
The off-spinner was class above all the other bowlers in the previous match and playing on the same ground, she can once again cause havoc in the middle overs. In the four matches she played, the 26-year-old picked up six wickets at an economy of 5.91
Today’s Match Prediction: Sydney Thunder win the match