About the Match
Adelaide Strikers will host Melbourne Stars in the opening match of this season of Big Bash League that is scheduled to be held on 18th Dec at Adelaide; both teams will try to better their fortunes this season and come out all guns blazing on Thursday to kick-start the tournament on a positive note. While the Strikers fared poorly last year and ended up towards the bottom of the table, the Melbourne Stars performed well to reach the semi-finals but were defeated by Hurricanes thus losing a berth in the finals. Both teams have good players and will be eager to use the resources well to dominate the other; it needs to be seen which team can strategize well and emerge victorious here.
The all-rounder Johan Botha leads the side which has experienced players like Brad Hodge, the batsman, Shaun Tait, the bowler and overseas players like Kieron Pollard and Ryan ten Doeschate, who have been in good form this season in all formats of the game. Craig Simmons will partner with Hodge to open the innings while middle order batsmen like Ben Laughlin, Travis Head, Tim Ludeman, Alex Ross, Hamish Kingston along with all-rounders like Jono Dean, Gary Putland, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, John Holland and Trent Lawford can surely pack a punch with their batting skills. On the bowling front, they have Shaun Tait, Laughlin, Chadd Sayers, Doeschate, Pollard and Kane Richardson with their pace attack while Zampa, Holland, Botha, Dean and Hodge can deliver with their spin variations. The team has definitely got good talent and experience on its side; they need to stay focused and approach every single game with multitudes of determination to move ahead.
They have a versatile team of players with varied experiences to their advantage; with stalwarts like Kevin Pietersen, Glenn Maxwell, David Hussey, James Faulkner and Cameron White this team can surely be a strong opponent to any side. The top order is very strong with Pietersen, Handscomb and Stoinis being in good shape; Maxwell has made it a habit to go for the big shots in this format of the game and is a key asset to the team. Hussey is known for his excellent technique and application with the bat and can do well to build the foundation; White, Luke Wright, Alex Keath, John Hastings, Jackson Bird, Boland, Rob Quiney and Clint McKay and others can keep the scoreboard ticking while Faulkner with his match-winning abilities can unleash terror on the opponent bowlers ether in chasing a target or in helping the team set a good total. Overall, the team is full of energetic performers and definitely is the one to look out for this season.
While both teams aspire to start on a winning note, the game could swing either way with players upping their ante in this opening match. Though Adelaide Strikers have the home advantage, Melbourne Stars looks better placed in terms of consistent performers and experience to win the first match.
Melbourne Stars, 1.57 @ Bet365