Late Wednesday night action in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will see a blockbuster clash at the Optus Stadium in Perth. Two in-form sides will be on display, as the Melbourne Stars will look to continue their stangle-hold on the top spot with a win against Perth Scorchers.
The Scorchers are third in the rankings with ten points from nine matches (W5, L4). That includes a massive 77-run win over Hobart Hurricanes in their previous match. The Stars, however, are on a bigger winning run. They have won their last six league games and are top of the table with 16 points (W8, L1).
Perth Scorchers Preview
It has been a systematic improvement in the Scorchers’ performances over the BBL campaign. Captain Mitchell Marsh has been scoring grittily (347 runs, SR 154.22), while Josh Inglis (275 runs, SR 155.36) has been the surprise pack. Both remain strong choices for your fantasy side.
Among the bowlers, the frugal Fawad Ahmed (11 wickets, ER 6.94) has been picking up crucial wickets. He is a great pick on this surface that has assisted his bowling. Jhye Richardson has sprung to life in the recent matches and is another good choice.
Melbourne Stars Preview
What can we say about the Stars! Starting with Marcus Stoinis (478 runs, SR 134.64) and going through their captain Glenn Maxwell (316 runs, SR 170.81), the Stars have been packing a punch. Their performances have covered the deficiencies of other batsmen, but no one’s complaining.
The departure of Adam Zampa for national duties hasn’t robbed the Stars of their magic. Haris Rauf (15 wickets, ER 6.75) continues to be an effective fantasy pick. Back from injury, Nathan Coulter-Nile can also be looked upon as a ‘dark horse pick’.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Marcus Stoinis is probably in the best form of his BBL career. He has been consistently scoring big and another such score would be a huge plus for the Stars.
Glenn Maxwell is making the most of his national team absence with some ferocious hitting. Another definite pick for your side, he can repay you with a lot of sixes!
Mitchell Marsh has done the star turn for the Scorchers. His consistency has been a calming influence on the Scorchers, who will look for more runs from him.
Perth Scorchers: 1 Liam Livingstone 2 Josh Inglis (WK) 3 Cameron Bancroft 4 Mitchell Marsh (C) 5 Kurtis Patterson 6 Cameron Green 7 Tim David 8 Jhye Richardson 9 Chris Jordan 10 Fawad Ahmed 11 Joel Paris
Melbourne Stars: 1 Hilton Cartwright 2 Marcus Stoinis 3 Nick Larkin 4 Glenn Maxwell (C) 5 Seb Gotch (WK) 6 Ben Dunk 7 Nathan Coulter-Nile 8 Clint Hinchliffe 9 Haris Rauf 10 Sandeep Lamichhane 11 Dan Worrall
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