These two teams have previously encountered this season, Adelaide Strikers were better that day but after the dismal 10 wicket loss from Hobart Hurricanes, their confidence would be hampered. With the business end of the tournament already underway, this match should be very closely fought at Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe, Victoria on 22 Jan
Adelaide Strikers had a comprehensive win in their previous encounter. They lost the initial phase of both the innings but in a crunch situation, they clicked to perfection. But after the previous match loss, they might look for making changes in their Squad. Liam O’Connor has not provided enough contributions with the ball, so he may be replaced by Wes Agar. With 8 points in 9 match and standing 5th in the points table, they need to win this match badly as to regain their confidence and show their contention for the playoffs
Key player to watch out for: Alex Carey, Rashid Khan, Colin Ingram
Melbourne Stars are looking far more settled amongst the two teams with quality openers, Strong middle order, and good bowling attack. With Marcus and Maxwell come into the squad, it looks completely different as they provide so much stability to the squad. In the previous encounter between these two teams, they were not featuring so hoping that they will take their revenge in this match. The only change that might happen is Seb Gotch might replace Ben Duck rest all the players are same.
Key player to watch out for: Marcus Stoinis, Maxwell, DJ Bravo
Adelaide Strikers: Jake Weatherland, Alex Carey (wk), Matthew Short, Colin Ingram (c), Jonathan Wells, Cameron Valente, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Liam O’Connor/Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake
Melbourne Stars: Ben Duck/Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, DJ Bravo, Jackson Bird, Liam Plunkett, Adam Zampa, Tom O’Connell.
Melbourne Stars are looking quite strong on paper as well as field so they will win this match against Strikers