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Two teams who are placed at the bottom of the points table square off in match number 43 of this Big Bash League (BBL) 2021-22. Both Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers have had a wretched run in this tournament so far and need to desperately turn things around.
Despite winning three games, Melbourne Stars are the bottom. That is because they have just 10 points from eight games – three points each for a win and just one Bash Boost point win. Their matches in the recent times have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and there have been a lot of substitutions on and off the field.
On the other hand, Adelaide Strikers have won just two encounters. They have lost as many as seven matches, the most by any team so far this season. But seven Bash Boost points have mean thtat their points tally has reached 13. They will need to win almost every game from hereon, to stand a chance of making it to the knockouts.
Wins: Adelaide Strikers 7, Melbourne Stars 6, No Result 0
Last 5 matches: Adelaide Strikers 3, Melbourne Stars 2, No Result 0
The batting hasn’t clicked for the Melbourne Stars. Barring Hilton Cartwright and Joe Clarke, to an extent, none of them have really stepped up. Glenn Maxwell has scored just one ton but apart from that, he hasn’t done much either. Meanwhile, the bowling has been inconsistent as well. Brody Couch and Qais Ahmad are the only ones among the wickets. Moreover, with COVID-19 hitting them hard, the team has shuffled around which has made things worse. Skipper Maxwell will miss this game due to the same reason as well.
The story for Adelaide Strikers has been similar. Their bowling has been dependent on just two players – Rashid Khan (13 wickets) and Peter Siddle (16 wickets). Wes Agar has chipped in decently as well. It is the batting that has let them down. None of them have really racked up the big scores consistently. Matthew Short (257 runs) and Matt Renshaw (196 runs) have fared decently but there hasn’t really been any big knock. Jon Wells is the other player who has more than 200 runs but consistency has been the issue.
Both teams have struggled and hence, no team really starts as favourites. Both of them will be looking to turn things around.
Hilton Cartwright has been the best batter for Melbourne Stars and has hit sixes regularly – 16 this BBL season. Qais Ahmad has been in top form with the ball and he could be a game-changer for Melbourne Stars. Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle are in superb bowling form and alongside Matthew Short, the trio could be in contention to be the game-changer.
Rashid Khan has been bowling really well and the Afghanistan superstar leg-spinner has returned with 13 scalps at an economy rate of 6.83.
Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle could be the top contenders from the Adelaide Strikers line-up. Meanwhile, Hilton Cartwright might be the one to watch out for from the Melbourne Stars squad.
Matthew Short has scored 257 runs at a strike-rate of 161.63 and could be the best batter for Adelaide Strikers in this game.
|Matt Short||c Beau Webster b Adam Zampa||8||8||1||0||100|
|Henry Hunt||lbw Brody Couch||12||9||1||1||133.33|
|Jake Weatherald||c Nick Larkin b Qais Ahmad||8||9||1||0||88.89|
|Jonathan Wells||c Beau Webster b Adam Zampa||68||56||5||1||121.43|
|Thomas Kelly||c Hilton Cartwright b Clint Hinchliffe||13||15||0||0||86.67|
|Ryan Gibson||st Joe Clarke b Qais Ahmad||0||2||0||0||0|
|Harry Nielsen||b Haris Rauf||14||15||1||0||93.33|
|Rashid Khan||not out||7||4||1||0||175|
|Peter Siddle||b Haris Rauf||0||1||0||0||0|
|Harry Conway||run out (Xavier Crone)||1||1||0||0||100|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 6.94)||139/9|
|Joe Clarke||c Thomas Kelly b Peter Siddle||83||58||3||4||143.1|
|Clint Hinchliffe||lbw Harry Conway||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|Nick Larkin||st Harry Nielsen b Fawad Ahmed||3||6||0||0||50|
|Joe Burns||c Henry Hunt b Rashid Khan||9||14||1||0||64.29|
|Hilton Cartwright||c Henry Hunt b Peter Siddle||17||11||1||1||154.55|
|Beau Webster||not out||14||20||1||0||70|
|Qais Ahmad||not out||6||1||0||1||600|
|Total||(19.1 Ov, RR: 7.32)||140/5|