The Big Bash League (BBL) 2018/19 season match #27 will see two sides that are stacked close together in the points tally. Only net run rate separates Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars, who both have three wins from six matches. This match at the Adelaide Oval on Friday will see both teams balancing their teams with national duty calls.
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The Australian ODI series call-ups for Alex Carey (162 runs), Billy Stanlake (seven wickets) and Peter Siddle (ER 4.88) has left the Strikers depleted. If you have these players in your BBL fantasy XI, time to make a change!
However, they regain captain Travis Head, which should ease their batting worries. He has 374 runs from BBL07 (Avg. 53.42). Jon Wells (Avg. 67 in BBL08) could open the innings, which may be a boost to your side if you pick him.
Adelaide Strikers Predicted XI: 1 Jake Weatherald 2 Jon Wells 3 Travis Head 4 Colin Ingram 5 Matt Short 6 Harry Nielsen (WK) 7 Jake Lehmann 8 Michael Neser 9 Liam O’Connor 10 Rashid Khan 11 Ben Laughlin
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The Stars are equally depleted for this encounter due to Australian ODI duties. The batting power of Glenn Maxwell (129 runs @ SR 130.30), Peter Handscomb (70 runs in one match) and Marcus Stoinis (146 runs @ SR 150.51, four wickets).
Also, out of the equation is Adam Zampa (five wickets, ER 6.55). Time to juggle your fantasy XI and look at the likes of Dwayne Bravo (nine wickets) and Scott Boland (five wickets).
Melbourne Stars Predicted XI: 1 Ben Dunk 2 Evan Gulbis 3 Nick Larkin 4 Nic Maddinson 5 Seb Gotch (WK) 6 Jonathan Merlo 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Liam Plunkett 9 Michael Beer 10 Liam Bowe 11 Scott Boland
Fantasy Players to Watch
Dwayne Bravo has come back to form after a slow start to his BBL08 campaign. He already has nine wickets to his name. Bravo’s hard-hitting is yet to be seen in the tournament, but can be an important facet in key games.
Travis Head was the star of Strikers’ campaign last year and has four consecutive fifty scores in the Big Bash. He looked in good form in the Test series against India and will look to continue in the same mould.
Rashid Khan is a captain’s dream to have in your team, especially with his ability to keep it tight and still go for wickets. The Afghan leg-spinner is a must-have in your fantasy XI, not least for his SR of 221.05 this season!
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