The Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars meet at the UTAS Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania in the Big Bash on Wednesday. The Stars have won their opening two matches while the Scorchers limped to a bad defeat in their only match.
The three-time champions do welcome Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone to their squad ahead of this match, but will their impact be enough to stop the Stars momentum?
Perth Scorchers Form
The Perth Scorchers are the most successful Big Bash side in terms of titles but they have not been at their best in recent seasons. This one didn’t start very well either as they went down by seven wickets to the Melbourne Renegades at the Blundstone Arena in their opener.
Batting first the Scorchers could only muster 130 runs. Big things were expected from Colin Munro but he was out off the third ball as lower order batsman, Aaron Hardie top scored with 33 runs.
The Scorchers have a brilliant bowling attack but even that wasn’t enough with such a small target. Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye tried manfully but ultimately the Renegades got home with three and a half overs to spare.
Perth Scorchers Team News
The Scorchers are significantly stronger with Englishmen Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone now available. The two of them along with Colin Munro and Mitchell Marsh give the Scorchers are far more solid look.
The bowling lineup of the Scorchers is already among the best in the competition but they must get their batting right. Roy has not been in particularly good form but this could be the perfect platform for him to launch from.
Melbourne Stars Form
The Melbourne Stars have won their opening two BBL matches this season and look to be continuing from where they left off last season.
After beating the Brisbane Heat by six wickets in their opener, the Stars went on to beat the Sydney Thunder by 22 runs in their second match. Marcus Stoinis failed in the first match but came good in the second as he smashed 61 off 37 balls.
Glenn Maxwell continued his fine summer with 39 runs as the Stars posted a total of 169 runs. The Thunder looked on target to chase the score but a superb spell of bowling by leg spinner, Adam Zampa pegged them back. Zampa ended with incredible figures of 2-10 in four overs.
Melbourne Stars Team News
The Stars may not want to fiddle with their winning combinations but there are players under pressure. Wicketkeeper Ben Dunk has struggled for form and with West Indian Nicolas Pooran having joined the squad, we could see a change there.
Another option for the middle order could be the big hitting Nic Maddinson, although he is often seen as an opener in T20 cricket.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars Head to Head
The Perth Scorchers have won three of their last five matches against the Melbourne Stars but it is the Melbourne-based outfit that has won the last two.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars Odds
Perth Scorchers are paying $2.30 to win with Melbourne Stars available at $1.66 with Neds
Jason Roy can be backed at $4.00 to be the Scorchers best batsman while Marcus Stoinis will pay $3.40 in the same market for the Stars.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars Match Up
Should Jason Roy and Liam Livingston come straight into the team the Scorchers could pose a huge threat to the Stars. The Melbourne side has a strong batting lineup but there is a weakness in their bowling, if someone can get on top of Adam Zampa.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars Stats
- Melbourne Stars’ Glenn Maxwell has scored 39+ runs in 6 of his last 8 innings’.
- Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis scored 61 runs in his last match.
- Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis finished the 2019/20 Big Bash as the top run scorer.
- Melbourne Stars’ have won their last 2 matches against the Perth Scorchers.