The Melbourne Stars defeated the Adelaide Strikers by 22-runs when these two sides last met a few days ago. With six points from seven matches, the Stars are sixth in the table and with a win over the Strikers, the Nicole Faltum-led side can move upward and fight for the playoff spot. Adelaide, on the other hand, are third in the points table with eight points and now cannot afford to drop points as it may derail their momentum completely. Thus, their match on Saturday, November 5 at Lilac Park in Perth will have significant value in how the league table shapes up.
For Stars, Tees Flintoff is in terrific form as she completely changed the complexation of the game with 51 runs from 16 deliveries in the last match. With that, the 19-year-old registered the fastest half-century in Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) history and also the second fastest in women’s cricket. Now, it’s not just Flintoff, English opener Lauren Winfield-Hill and Alice Capsey looked in great touch as the Stars put up a massive total on board. With the ball, Sasha Moloney’s crunch performance helped the team earn two valuable points and she is someone who can once again cause damage to Strikers early on.
Now, coming to strikers, the team has been consistent so far in the tournament. After failing to clinch the trophy last year, the Tahlia McGrath-led side would hope to get back into their winning momentum and qualify for the playoffs. They have a decent squad with multiple match-winners and thus, the team should remain confident for the rest of the tournament. Katie Mack and Bridget Patterson are currently in form with the bat while Deandra Dottin looked good in bowling. However, for success, their two main bowlers, Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown need to get back to form.
Melbourne Stars Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women, Match 30, WBBL 2022
Venue: Lilac Hill Park, Perth
Date and Time: November 5, 7:30 AM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming Details: Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv app
The pitch will help the batters for the most part of the match as the bowlers can do some damage early on. Spinners can get some help in the second innings as anything above 160 will be a good score to defend.
Probable Playing XIs for MS-W vs AS-W
Lauren Winfield-Hill, Jemimah Rodrigues, Alice Capsey, Annabel Sutherland, Kim Garth, Nicole Faltum(w/c), Sasha Moloney, Una Raymond-Hoey, Tess Flintoff, Sophie Reid, Sophie Day
Deandra Dottin, Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Tahlia McGrath(c), Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Amanda Wellington, Tegan McPharlin(w), Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Probable Top Performers from MS-W vs AS-W
Probable Best Batter: Katie Mack
With 207 runs from seven matches, Katie Mack has been a match-winner for the Strikers so far in the tournament. The 29-year-old currently is the fourth leading run-scorer in the tournament and is likely to increase her tally as the Aussie would be desperate to help his team get back into winning momentum.
Probable Best Bowler: Darcie Brown
Even though Brown had a terrible match against the Melbourne Stars in the last match, she has the ability to come back stronger and make a mark. So far, the 19-yer-old has picked up 11 wickets from seven matches and currently is the fifth leading run-scorer of the tournament.
Today’s Match Prediction: Adelaide Strikers to win.