Two teams in the top half of the points table will be up against each other. As the Melbourne Stars will take on Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on 11th January.
Melbourne Stars stands on 3rd position with 3 wins in the 6 matches they played. The team lost their last match against Scorchers by 6 wickets. Ben Dunk and Gulbis provided a good start to team with the partnership of 65 runs. Dunk scored 62 runs in 47 balls. Maddinson’s first match was not impressive and the team will be expecting a lot from him. DJ Bravo and Liam Bowe were good with the bowling even Plunkett got 1 wicket but was expensive. Even after the consistent performance from Nick Larkin, he was sent 6th down.
Lance Morris coming into the squad in place of Tom O’Connell.
Players to watch out for: Nic Maddinson, DJ Bravo and Liam Plunkett.
Adelaide Strikers are currently at 4th position with 3 wins in the 6 matches they played. Sydney Sixers beat the Strikers in the last encounter by 6 wickets. Weatherald was good with the bat and scored 50 runs innings in the last match. Wells has been the most consistent player for the team and providing a good finish to the team. Rashid Khan took two wickets last match. Siddle was quite economical with bowling but will not be available for the team in this match. Colin Ingram needs to fire for the team in this match. Even collective effort from bowling is required. Batting will be boosted by the inclusion of Travis Head.
Travis Head, Ben Laughlin, and Harry Nielsen replaced by Alex Carey, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake in 13 men squad.
Players to watch out for: Travis Head, Colin Ingram, and Rashid Khan.
Head To Head
Match Played: Last 7 match
Melbourne Stars: 4 Won
Adelaide Strikers: 3 Won
Melbourne Stars: Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Nic Maddinson (c), Seb Gotch (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Jonathan Merlo, Liam Plunkett, Nick Larkin, Scott Boland, Michael Beer, Liam Bowe.
Adelaide Strikers: Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram, Travis Head (c), Harry Nielsen (wk), Michael Neser, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Liam O’Connor, Ben Laughlin.
My PlayerzPot XI
Adelaide Strikers will be likely to win the match as their side still looks strong even without the big players.