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A blow-hot, blow-cold Melbourne Stars take on the high-flying Perth Scorchers in match number 31 of this Big Bash League (BBL) 2021-22. The Junction Oval in Melbourne will be the venue for this game.
Melbourne Stars have had a pretty inconsistent run in this competition. The Glenn Maxwell-led side have won three and lost three and haven’t really been able to build any sort of momentum. They are sixth on the points table with 10 points. Their last game against Perth Scorchers was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Melbourne Stars camp. Prior to that, they beat Brisbane Heat and a win in this game against one of the contenders will give them a huge boost.
Perth Scorchers are in fine form and they’ve lost just one game so far. They won six games on the bounce before losing to Sydney Thunder. They are currently second on the points table with 21 points and a win in this game will propel them to the top, irrespective of their Bash Boost point result.
As far as the head to head record is concerned, Perth Scorchers are marginally ahead and have won nine games while Melbourne Stars have won eight. The last five games have seen both teams win two encounters each with one game being washed out.
Wins: Perth Scorchers 9, Melbourne Stars 8, No-Result 1
Last 5 matches: Perth Scorchers 2, Melbourne Stars 2, No-Result 1
Be it with bat or ball, consistency has eluded Melbourne Stars this season. While there have been flashes of brilliance, none of them have really stepped up and put in performances on a regular basis. Glenn Maxwell struck a blistering ton while Hilton Cartwright has chipped in with good starts with the bat but he has just one fifty to his name. Marcus Stoinis’ batting form has been a big disappointment. So, has the form of Adam Zampa who has taken just three wickets in five games. Thus, Melbourne Stars will be hoping their big stars stand up and deliver.
Perth Scorchers will be without their talisman Mitchell Marsh who has been called up in the Australian Test side for the fourth Test at the SCG. The seam-bowling all-rounder has been in magnificent form with both bat and ball and hence, he will be a massive loss. But the likes of Colin Munro, Kurtis Patterson and the others have contributed really well. The bowling has been excellent as well and almost every bowler (Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Tymal Mills and Peter Hatzoglou) have been amongst the wickets.
Glenn Maxwell will definitely be the one to watch out for. The Melbourne Stars captain can take the game away with the bat and can chip in nicely with the ball. For Perth Scorchers, Ashton Agar might stand a chance of being the game-changer, given his form with the ball and ability to play cameos with the bat.
Ashton Agar has been in top form and he might turn out to be the best bowler. The left-arm spinner has returned with 10 scalps at an economy rate of 7.33.
Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye might be the contenders to finish as the player of the match.
Colin Munro is batting really well and the left-hander has amassed 268 runs at an average of 67 while striking at 142.55.
|Cameron Bancroft||run out (Tom O’Connell)||5||7||0||0||71.43|
|Kurtis Patterson||c Charlie Wakim b Haris Rauf||54||39||4||2||138.46|
|Colin Munro||c Hilton Cartwright b Tom O’Connell||40||20||1||4||200|
|Laurie Evans||lbw Brody Couch||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Ashton Turner||run out (Brody Couch)||27||19||2||0||142.11|
|Aaron Hardie||b Qais Ahmad||5||7||0||0||71.43|
|Ashton Agar||c Tom O’Connell b Qais Ahmad||19||16||2||1||118.75|
|Andrew Tye||not out||7||6||1||0||116.67|
|Jason Behrendorff||b Haris Rauf||3||4||0||0||75|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 9)||180/8|
|Joe Clarke||c Laurie Evans b Andrew Tye||52||32||9||1||162.5|
|Tom Rogers||c Colin Munro b Peter Hatzoglou||32||25||4||1||128|
|Glenn Maxwell||b Peter Hatzoglou||4||7||0||0||57.14|
|Charlie Wakim||c Tymal Mills b Jason Behrendorff||20||24||1||1||83.33|
|Hilton Cartwright||c Laurie Evans b Tymal Mills||12||10||1||1||120|
|Tom O’Connell||c Aaron Hardie b Andrew Tye||0||2||0||0||0|
|Justin Avendano||c Laurie Evans b Ashton Agar||6||5||1||0||120|
|Xavier Crone||run out (Cameron Bancroft)||1||4||0||0||25|
|Qais Ahmad||c Aaron Hardie b Tymal Mills||1||2||0||0||50|
|Brody Couch||lbw Tymal Mills||0||2||0||0||0|
|Total||(18.5 Ov, RR: 7.02)||130/10|