Big Bash League Predictions: Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars
January 15, 2020, Perth Stadium, Perth
The 38th match of Big Bash 2019-20 will see 3rd placed Perth Scorchers host table leaders Melbourne Stars on Wednesday.
Perth Scorchers have won 5 of the 9 games played in the Big Bash League 2019-20 so far and are coming from a hat-trick of wins. The Scorchers will be hoping to continue their winning momentum.
Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, have won all but one of the 9 games played in the tournament so far this season. The Stars are riding high on confidence in both departments and another impressive game can be expected from them.
Perth Scorchers performance in Big Bash League:
Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone are expected to provide quick start to Perth Scorchers. Inglis scored 73 runs off just 46 balls and will be hoping to keep the momentum while facing Melbourne Stars bowling attack. Livingstone has failed to perform consistently and after falling for just 8 runs against Hobart Hurricanes he is expected to play a big inning in Wednesday’s clash.
Skipper Mitchell Marsh has scored 347 runs in 9 innings and is 2nd in the Big Bash League 2019-20 batting charts. He scored 40 off 29 balls against Hobart Hurricanes and is once again expected to play a finishing role for Perth Scorchers.
Jhye Richardson was in great form against Hobart Hurricanes. His 4 for 19 was key in sending all the Hurricanes batsmen back to pavilion for just 98.
Fawad Ahmed and Liam Livingstone also picked 2 wickets each against Hobart Hurricanes.
Perth Scorchers predicted XI:
Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis (wk), Sam Whiteman, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Bancroft, Cameron Green, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
Melbourne Stars performance in Big Bash League:
Marcus Stoinis will be the key player to watch out for after scoring Big Bash’s highest individual score (147* off just 79 balls) against Sydney Sixers. He will be riding high on confidence following the knock. He has scored 478 runs in 9 innings at an average of almost 80. He is the leading run-scorer of this season so far.
Stonis was well supported by Hilton Cartwright and the duo were involved in 207 runs partnership for 1st against Sydney Sixers in which Cartwright contributed well managed 59 runs.
After missing the Australia tour to India, skipper Glenn Maxwell will be focusing on his finishing role for Melbourne Stars. He has been in tremendous form this season and will be keen to continue the momentum.
In the bowling department, Haris Rauf has picked 15 wickets in just 6 innings at an average of 10.80 and is 2nd highest wicket-taker this season so far.
Clint Hinchliffe picked 3 wickets against Sydney Sixers while Sandeep Lamichhane, Daniel Worrall and Glenn Maxwell also picked a wicket each.
Melbourne Stars predicted XI:
Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell, Seb Gotch (wk), Nick Larkin, Clint Hinchliffe, Daniel Worrall, Lance Morris, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
It will be the 5th game of the Big Bash League 2019-20 to be played at the venue.
Perth Scorchers won the first game by 11 runs, defending the total of 196 against Melbourne Renegades while Sydney Sixers registered a 48-run win after 174 on scoreboard in the 2nd game.
Hobart Hurricanes registered a marginal 8-run win over Perth Scorchers while defending a total of 180 in the 3rd game. Perth Scorchers beat Brisbane Heat by 34-run in after putting 213 runs on the scoreboard in the 4th match.
7 games were played at Perth Stadium during the 2018-19 Big Bash League season. 5 of them were won by the team chasing the total while the other 2 were won by the team batting 1st.
Only 1 T20I has been played at the venue, won by Australia against Pakistan while batting 2nd.
157 was the average 1st inning score during the 2018-19 Big Bash League season.
Big Bash League 2019-20, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars Predictions:
- Marcus Stoinis scored Big Bash all-time highest score (147*) in the last inning and has accumulated 478 runs in 9 innings at an average of almost 80. He is the leading run-scorer of this season so far.
- Mitchell Marsh has scored 347 runs in 9 innings and is 2nd in the Big Bash League 2019-20 batting charts.
- Haris Rauf has picked 15 wickets in just 6 innings at an average of 10.80 and is 2nd highest wicket-taker this season so far.
- Mitchell Marsh has scored 20 maximums so far this season – most by any player – while Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have scored 18 each – 2nd best.
- Perth Scorchers are leading the head to head battle by 8-6 in their 14 clashes so far.