Battle for 3rd spot

  • Ben Dunk returned to form for the Melbourne Stars by scoring a 47-ball 62 against the Perth Scorchers
  • Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells were in good form against the Sydney Sixers though Adelaide Strikers ended up losing that match
  • The Melbourne Stars lost to the bottom ranked Perth Scorchers on Wednesday
  • Both teams have 6 points from 6 games, but the Stars have their necks in front as a result of a better NRR

The Adelaide Strikers will defeat the Melbourne Stars to record their 4th win of the tournament. The win will propel the Adelaide Strikers up to the 2nd position in the BBL league table.


We are now closing in on the half-way stage of the Big Bash League tournament for the year 2018/19. The Adelaide Strikers will take on the Melbourne Stars at the Adelaide Oval on the 11th of January 2019. This will be the 7th match of the tournament for both the teams and an opportunity to stake a claim for the 2nd spot in the league table. The Strikers and the Stars have won 3 matches apiece and have 6 points. The Big Bash Betting Prediction forecasts a win for the Adelaide Strikers who we at Premium Cricket think will defeat the Melbourne Stars to record their 4th win of the tournament.

The Adelaide Strikers

The Adelaide Strikers have won 3 out of the 6 matches they have played thus far. They have 6 points with a NRR of 0.152. The Strikers have had a stop-start tournament thus far and have not managed to record two wins in a row. They lost the last match they played against the Sydney Sixers and the pattern suggest that they will win this match. We through our online cricket betting prediction is going to tell you why we think this might actually become a reality.


Jake Weatherald opened the innings with Alex Carey in their match against the Sydney Sixers. Carey may miss this match against the Stars as he will be representing the national team against India. Weatherald is the leading run-scorer for the Strikers having scored 203 runs with the top score of 71. Middle-order batsman Jonathan Wells has scored 134 runs with the top score of 42 not out. Captain Colin Ingram scored 75 against Sydney Thunder in an innings of brute power but that’s the only major contribution he has made thus far. Jake Lehmann and Mathew Short have been disappointing in the middle order resulting in Rashid Khan having to do a lot of work batting lower down the order. The Strikers have had problems with running between the wickets and the run-outs of Weatherald and Short against the Renegades is a prime example of the bat bouncing up when putting in a dive. The Strikers must bat sensibly and try to cut off unnecessary risks.


Billy Stanlake and Peter Siddle will not be available for selection for the Strikers on the 11th as they are getting ready to face India on the following day. Cameron Valente should come into the team to partner Ben Laughlin with the new ball. Laughlin has captured just 2 wickets so far in the tournament while Valente has not played in the last 3 matches. The experienced Michael Neser will thus have to bear a majority of the responsibility and attempt to nurture the younger fast bowlers to performing well on the big stage. Rashid Khan for no one’s surprise is the leading wicket-taker for the Strikers with 10 wickets from 6 games. He has the best bowling figures of 3 for 19 and more importantly is conceding runs at just 4.91 runs to the over. If Rashid gets proper support from the other bowlers we could see the Strikers limiting the strong Melbourne Stars batting lineup.


The Melbourne Stars

The Melbourne Stars have played 6 matches so far this year. They have won 3 out of the 6 matches and are placed 3rd with 6 points and a NRR of 0.397. The Stars won 3 matches in a row against the Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder but the Perth Scorchers defeated them by 6 wickets on the 9th of January to bring them down to the ground. The Big Bash Betting Prediction expects the Stars to do well here and give a massive fight to the Strikers.


The Melbourne Stars will be sans their key batsmen for the match against the Strikers as they will be out representing Australia against India. Marcus Stoinis with 146 runs is the leading run-scorer with captain Glenn Maxwell also having crossed the 100 run mark for the season. Peter Handscomb who scored 70 in the only match he took part in also will not be available and thus the responsibility of scoring runs will be heavily on the shoulders of Ben Dunk, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Evan Gulbis, wicket-keeper batsman Seb Gotch and Dwayne Bravo. Dunk and Gulbis added 65 for the 1st with against the Perth Scorchers but rest of the batting flopped against Andrew Tye’s variations of pace.


Dwayne Bravo with 9 wickets from 6 matches is now the leading wicket-taker for the Stars. His economy rate is improving day by day and it now stands at 7.13. The batsmen have been bamboozled by Bravo’s clever change ups and it is going to be another stiff challenge for the Strikers. Scott Boland will take the new ball for the Stars with left-arm medium pace bowler Jackson Coleman. Liam Plunkett will play as an all-rounder and the Englishman will need to contribute more with the bat and with the ball. Michael Beer will be the premier spinner in the side now that Adam Zampa is not available for selection due to national duties. 21-year-old Liam Bowe will bowl his left-arm Chinaman and will be the mystery spinner in the side. He captured 1 for 22 in 4 overs against the Scorchers and will be expected to put up another good bowling performance here against the Strikers.


The Big Bash Betting Prediction

The outcome of this Big Bash T20 match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars will have a big impact on the league standings. The result will determine which team will move up to claim 2nd spot in the points table. We predict that the Adelaide Strikers will defeat the Stars to record their 4th win in the Big Bash 2018/19 tournament.

Match Info





Home Team:

Adelaide Strikers

Away Team:

Melbourne Stars


Jan 11, 2019


08:00 GMT


Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia


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