BBL 2018-19 Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars 27th Match Prediction. Adelaide Strikers welcome Melbourne Stars to the Adelaide Oval in the 2018/19 Big Bash League. The match is scheduled for January 11 and the live action begins at 18:30 local time.
- Defending champions Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars are level on points after six games, having each won three so far.
- Both sides have been hit hard by international call-ups – Alex Carey, Billy Stanlake and Peter Siddle (all Adelaide Strikers) and Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb and Adam Zampa (all Melbourne Stars) are in Australia’s ODI squad.
- Both teams go into this match having lost their most recent matches – having both been in resurgent form beforehand.
Our Pick: Adelaide Strikers
ADS vs MLS, BBL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
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Bat Flip Prediction
Adelaide Strikers unsuccessfully elected to bat first in their most recent game, while Melbourne Stars have been generally been more successfully when they field first too.
Adelaide Strikers Team News & Playing 11
ADS Team News
Peter Siddle, Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake have now linked up with the Australian ODI squad and are therefore unavailable but Travis Head’s surprise omission from that squad is a boost – he is set to make his Strikers return instead. Cameron Valente returned in place of Jake Lehmann last time out, but both Lehmann and Ben Laughlin – who also missed that game – could come in for the international absentees. That said, in order to balance the pace attack, one of Valente or Lehmann could miss out for David Grant or Nick Winter.
ADS Key Players
While Adelaide will undoubtedly miss Carey at the top of the order, in opening partner Jake Weatherald they boast one of the top run scorers in the competition so far – his 50 from 40 balls against Sydney Sixers was his second half-century and took him past 200 runs.
Captain Colin Ingram has lacked consistency but he showed how good he can be when he thumped 75 from 43 balls – including six sixes – in the win against Sydney Thunder, while the return of Travis Head adds more quality to that top order. Head has a point to prove after being omitted from the Australian ODI squad to face India.
With the ball, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake will be missed, but they still possess their chief spin bowler – the outstanding Rashid Khan. The Afghani leggie took 2-25 from his four overs against Sydney Sixers and now has ten wickets in six games, as well as an absurdly low economy rate of just 4.91 runs per over.
ADS Team Form
Adelaide Strikers had bounced back from two consecutive defeats after their opening night win, by winning two in a row. Colin Ingram (75) and Alex Carey (59) led the batting as they posted 175/4 on their way to a 20-run win against Sydney Thunder before Jake Weatherald’s 71 lifted them to 158/6 and a 32-run victory against Melbourne Renegades.Weatherald hit his second consecutive 50 last time out, against Sydney Sixers, but the total of 150/5 proved below par. Despite Rashid Khan’s 2-25 from four overs, the Sixers strolled home to win by six wickets with ten balls to spare.
Adelaide Strikers Predicted Playing 11
- Travis Head, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram, Matthew Short, Jon Wells, Cameron Valente, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Liam O Connor, Nick Winter.
Melbourne Stars Team News & Playing 11
MLS Team News
Melbourne Stars are without five key players for the game against Adelaide Strikers. Sandeep Lamichhane has already departed for his stint in the Bangladesh Premier League, while PeterHandscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa are in the Australian ODI squad. Liam Plunkett is the overseas replacement for Lamichhane, while the return of Nic Maddinson from injury has offset some of the blow of losing their international quartet. Maddinson captained the team against Perth Scorchers last time out, while Tom O’Connell has been added to the squad and Nick Larkin – initially an injury replacement for Maddinson – has also been retained. O’Connell and Jackson Bird were the two unused players last time out, with Jackson Coleman still unavailable too.
MLS Key Players
Hit by so many unavailable players, Ben Dunk stepped up for the Stars last time out – hitting his highest score of the tournament this year with 62 from 47 balls at the top of the order. He and Evan Gulbis (37) put on 65 for the first wicket, in 8.4 overs.
Runs in the middle order were what was lacking, though Nic Maddinson is back from injury just in time – he was in superb batting form before fracturing his arm in December and will be looking to add to his ten T20 50s.
All-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Liam Plunkett also have runs and wickets in them. Bravo took 2-18 in the defeat to Perth Scorchers, while Plunkett has taken a wicket in each game since replacing Sandeep Lamichhane as the second overseas player. Bravo now has nine wickets from six games in total.
MLS Team Form
After back-to-back defeats at the start of the campaign in BBL 2018-19, Melbourne Stars were in resurgent form until being hit by a number of international call-ups.
Jackson Coleman took 3-19 and Peter Handscomb smashed 70 from 35 balls in a five-wicket win against Sydney Sixers – the Sixers posting just 130/9 and the Stars reaching that target with 5.1 overs to spare.
That was followed by a derby win against Melbourne Renegades on New Year’s Day – Dwayne Bravo taking 3-27 and Marcus Stoinis leading the chase of 150 with 78 from 49 balls in a seven-wicket win. And they followed that up by chasing 136 to beat Sydney Thunder by eight wickets with 2.4 overs remaining – Glenn Maxwell posting an unbeaten 41 from 31 balls – to continue their resurgent form.
Last time out, without their international stars, however, they crashed to a six-wicket defeat to Perth Scorchers, despite Ben Dunk’s 47-ball 62. Dwayne Bravo claimed 2-18 from three overs but the Scorchers reached their 147 target with 2.2 overs remaining.
Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing 11
- Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Seb Gotch, Dwayne Bravo, Nick Larkin, Liam Plunkett, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Michael Beer
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
ADS : L W W L L
MLS : L W W W L
ADS vs MLS Head to Head
Adelaide Strikers beat Melbourne Stars on their way to victory in last season’s competition – their third win in seven previous games against the Stars. Glenn Maxwell top-scored in a total of 151/6 for the Stars, smashing 60 from 39 balls, but half-centuries for Alex Carey (59*) and Travis Head (53) led Adelaide Strikers to an eight-wicket win with eight balls to spare. The Strikers three wins in this fixture have come in the last four games, with Melbourne’s only win since 2014 coming in January 2017.
Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars Betting Odds
Adelaide Strikers have been listed as comfortable favourites against the depleted Melbourne Stars, with Bet365 and Betfair both offering 1.53 on a Strikers win and as high as 2.50 on the Stars.
Both sides are missing key players, but Jake Weatherald has hit form for the Strikers and is 4.00 to top score for them with Betfair, while Travis Head is 4.00 with Bet365 on his return.
Rashid Khan remains available for the Strikers too, and the Afghani leg-spinner is 2.70 with Betfair to be the hosts’ top bowler. Dwayne Bravo leads the way for the Stars, and he is 3.25 for the equivalent bet with Betfair.
Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars Prediction
Both sides have been hit hard by international call-ups, but Adelaide Strikers have retained a number of key bodies and can take advantage to bounce back to winning ways against the depleted Melbourne Stars.