|Finished.150/5 (19) - 149/7 (20)|
Although the Adelaide Strikers would have fancied themselves in their matchup against last place holders Melbourne Renegades, the latter fought like a cornered animal to pick up their second win and shatter the Strikers’ dreams of getting into contention for the top spot. Currently in fourth place, they are among those teams that will consider Bash Boost points a blessing, as they have only 4 wins but 5 Bash Boost points. Next up, they face a low morale Melbourne Stars. After their unfortunate loss to the Brisbane Heat, the Stars must feel like something’s surely wrong with their own stars for their luck in the BBL to always be so terrible. Nevertheless, they have sunken all the way down to 7th place, and will be looking forward to climbing back into the playoff spots with a win in this match. Before the action begins, let’s take a look at the two sides.
Adelaide Strikers predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
Predicted XI: Alex Carey (c/wk), Wes Agar, Peter Siddle, Jake Weatherald, Harry Conway, Jonathan Wells, Ryan Gibson, Matt Renshaw, Danny Briggs, Rashid Khan, Phil Salt.
With the imminent threat of Rashid Khan leaving for international duty, the Adelaide Strikers will be wary of the issue and want to get as many points as possible before that happens. In their last match, the Strikers were batting first and got off to a great start. Phil Salt’s 59 and Alex Carey’s 42 helped take them to 177, which would have been a lot more had a few more of their batsmen managed to get a few shots off. Nevertheless, it was a defendable target and AS started well, picking up 3 wickets relatively early. However, despite Rashid Khan’s 2 for 24, an absolute onslaught by the Renegades saw the Strikers lose by 6 wickets off the penultimate delivery of the match.
AS Key players
Alex Carey: Carey’s 42 in the last match was excellent, and we look forward to more such rapidfire innings from him.
Jake Weatherald: After being promoted back up the order, Weatherald started well but couldn’t continue. We expect him to do so this time around.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan magician has been excellent since coming back to form, and he will want to leave his mark before he goes off for his country’s series against Ireland.
Wes Agar: As Agar gains more experience, he is becoming a solid fast bowler with plenty of sharp skills in his repertoire.
Melbourne Stars predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
Predicted XI: Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Hilton Cartwright, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sam Rainbird, Nick Larkin, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan, Liam Hatcher.
It’s not easy to get started on a comeback only to be short-changed by the questionable rules of the game itself. Had their last match not been interrupted multiple times by rain, the Stars might just have won it. Bowling first in what was then a 17-overs-per-side match, Adam Zampa showed excellent skills to take 2 wickets in as many overs for just 7 runs. However, just after the 10th over ended, the elements interfered, and not only was the match shortened, but the Heat were given an additional 14 runs to make up for the abrupt end to their innings. Although Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, and Nick Larkin played their hearts out, Andre Fletcher’s pathetic 13-ball 15 slowed the team down too much, and they ended up losing by 17 runs.
MS Key players
Glenn Maxwell: You can’t keep this guy out of these key player lists for the sole reason that he is just too damn good.
Marcus Stoinis: Stoinis’ explosive potential makes him a strong presence in any team.
Adam Zampa: In excellent form with the ball, Zampa’s performances speak louder than the voice of any would-be analysts.
Sam Rainbird: He may not have picked up any wickets in his last match, but Rainbird will have to step up in lieu of more experienced bowlers.
AS vs MS weather and pitch conditions
It’s going to be a hot, cloudy, and windy day over in Adelaide on Monday, but the part that’s even better is the fact that there’s no rain predicted - which should at least ease the minds of the Stars.
As regular readers of our predictions know by now, the Adelaide Oval will be fantastic for fast bowlers, and also great for good turners of the ball. However, there’s also quite a bit in it for batsmen, so only scores in the 180+ range will fall under the ‘very good’ category.
Can the Strikers move up into elite company? Or will the Stars hold them back to resume their own comeback? Find out if our Adelaide Strikers versus Melbourne Stars predictions come true on Monday!
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|A Carey/J Weatherald (AS), G Maxwell/M Stoinis (MS)|