Melbourne Stars take on Perth Scorchers in the 50th match of the ongoing big bash league today at Melbourne cricket ground. Perth scorchers have started the season slowly but they bounced back strongly to seal play-off berth. Their batting has been the talking point of the tournament which helped them to rediscover themselves. The bowlers headed by Jhye Richardson are putting collective efforts that help them to seal the victory. Led by Ashton Turner the team has got a handful of pinch hitters staring from Jason Roy to Josh Inglis who is in good touch and they are expected to continue the winning momentum on their side. Mitchell Marsh is providing the much-needed stability to their batting and bowling and his matured performance will help to reclaim his lost place in the national side. Experienced finger spinner Fawad Ahmed is doing his job very well which makes life easier for their seam bowlers. Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff is complimenting each other with Jhye Richardson and the trio rarely enjoys bad day this season. A well-balanced outfit Perth scorchers will look to seal victory against Melbourne stars that will help them to boost their confidence before heading for play-offs.
Led by inspiring Glenn Maxwell Melbourne stars on another hand has grandly started the season but lost their momentum in the midway. They are struggling at the moment but they are still in the playoff race. Marcus Stoinis and Captain Glenn Maxwell have lent a handy contribution to their side but experienced players like Nic Larkin and Nathan Coulter-Nile are yet to fire their cylinders. A win today will boost their confidence and at the same time, it will help them to move an inch closer to their play-off ambitions. Today they are playing at their home which gives them a slight edge over Perth Scorchers.
Players to watch out for:
Marcus Stoinis has been in fine form this season but the major problem lies with fellow counterparts. They are not providing enough support for him. With play-off spot on the line, he will look to put up a strong performance that will help his side to beat Perth scorchers.
Jason Roy has played a crucial role in reviving the fortunes of Perth scorchers. But the big score is yet to come from his bat. Today he will look to put up a stellar batting performance against struggling Melbourne stars.
Though Melbourne pitch has favoured both batsmen and bowlers this season it has offered lots of resistance to spinners. So they are expected to play a big role today. So batting first is the viable option for captains who wins the toss.
Expected Playing XI:
Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, NicMaddinson, Glenn Maxwell (C), SebGotch (WK), James Seymour, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Zahir Khan, Liam Hatcher and Billy Stanlake.
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (WK), Ashton Turner (C), Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson and Fawad Ahmed.
Perth Scorchers are having a clear advantage as they are the well-balanced outfit and players are also in the right kind of form. But Melbourne stars are playing in their home ground which is an advantage for them. So you can expect a cracking encounter today with Perth Scorchers getting better off Melbourne Stars.