Cricket Prediction – Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers – Big Bash League 18.01

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Cricket Match Information:

Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers cricket game will be the next assignment for both teams. This will be the second time these two sides will take on each other this season. The first game was won by Melbourne Stars in an emphatic manner and it remains to be seen if Perth can hold their own in the away game. Currently on the points table, Melbourne Stars are sitting pretty at the top with nine wins out of ten cricket games, whereas Perth Scorchers are on the fourth spot with five wins out of ten games. Our prediction expert reckons Perth will come hard at Stars.   

  • Tournament: Big Bash League
  • Cricket Match format: T20
  • Cricket match time: 10:10 am IST
  • Cricket match date: 18.01.2020
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Weather: Temperature: 28 degrees, Thunderstorms: 24% 
  • Team A: Melbourne Stars
  • Team B: Perth Scorchers
  • Team A Captain: Glenn Maxwell
  • Team B Captain: Mitch Marsh

Melbourne Stars

Melbourne Stars are being led by Glenn Maxwell in this season of Big Bash League. They are in rollicking form at the moment with nine wins out of ten cricket games. They are at the top of the table and look set for the top two finish. 

Their previous cricket game was against their next opponent, Perth Scorchers. Perth proved to be a no match to Stars and got rolled over by eight wickets with eight overs remaining. Sandeep Lamichanne and Jackson Coleman did most of the damage and bowled out Perth for just 86 runs. 

Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game. 

Here is our prediction of Melbourne Stars’ playing XI:

  • MP Stoinis
  • NCR Larkin
  • GJ Maxwell
  • Haris Rauf
  • HWR Cartwright
  • DJ Worrall
  • Sandeep Lamichhane
  • Ben Dunk
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Jackson Coleman
  • SE Gotch

Perth Scorchers

Perth Scorchers are being led by Mitch Marsh in this season of Big Bash League. They have remained inconsistent so far in the tournament but have hung in there on the points table.

They would like to forget their previous cricket game as quickly as possible. They were completely outplayed by Stars in their own backyard. Now they would like to reverse the honours in Melbourne as they will be taking on Stars yet again. Skipper Mitch Marsh has been an inspiration this season with his performances and he would like to continue that. 

Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game barring any injury. 

Here is our prediction of Perth Scorchers’ playing XI:

  • Mitch Marsh
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Cameron Bancroft
  • J Morgan
  • TH David
  • Jhye Richardson
  • Chris Jordan
  • JP Inglis
  • Fawad Ahmed
  • C Green
  • JS Paris

Expert Prediction: MS vs PS

Melbourne Stars have been the team of the tournament so far. The kind of dominance that they have shown in this season has rarely been seen in all franchise leagues let alone the Big Bash League. They once again have their sight on Perth Scorchers and after beating them by eight wickets in their previous game they would be feeling very confident. 

Good thing for Perth Scorchers is that they can afford to be in top five and still make it to the playoffs. This year, the tournament will be played over a period of 42 days and a total number of five teams will have the chance to qualify for the finals, instead of the usual four teams. 

As per the new format, the teams finishing in the top two will be rewarded for their consistency, unlike in previous seasons. While the winner of the ‘qualifier’ played between the top two teams will reach the final straightaway, the loser will play the ‘challenger’ against the winner of the ‘knockout’ which is going to be played between the side that finished third and winner of the ‘eliminator’.

The Eliminator is a newly introduced knockout feature, which will be played between the teams finishing at number fourth and fifth on the points table. Hence, out of the eight teams, five teams will have a chance to play the final and win the tournament. 

In the last five encounters between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers, Scorchers have beaten Stars on four occasions but the most recent one was won by Stars. 

It looks like Stars have aligned at the right time for Melbourne Stars and are going to be proven difficult to beat for every team. Hence, they are our predicted winner of this cricket game.

Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will definitely look to bowl first as the T20 game is hugely a chase-friendly format. Hence, irrespective of the conditions, our prediction is that the team winning the toss would like to bowl first. 

Who will win? – Melbourne Stars

Top Batsman – Marcus Stoinis (MS), Mitch Marsh (PS)

Top Bowler – Haris Rauf (MS), Jhye Richardson (PS)

Most Sixes – Marcus Stoinis (MS), Mitch Marsh (PS)

Man of the Match – Marcus Stoinis (PS)

Team Scores Batting first – Melbourne Stars (160+), Perth Scorchers (140+)

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Melbourne Stars – 1.55

Perth Scorchers – 2.20

*odds may change anytime

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