About the Match
The Melbourne Stars continued on their stupendous performance as they crushed the Strikers and defeated them by 8 wickets with more than 12 overs remaining; they will now face the hosts, Brisbane Heat on Saturday at the Gabba. The Stars continue to reign this season leading with 10 points on the table with an astonishing NRR of +3.274 while Brisbane Heat are positioned 6th on the table with 4 points and NRR of -0.158. The hosts defeated Sydney Thunder by a massive 48 runs in the last match played away from home and are eager to continue on their winning momentum; it needs to be seen if the Stars who are yet to lose a match in the series will win this match easily or will they face their first defeat this season.
James Faulkner and Lasith Malinga demolished the Strikers as they took regular and quick wickets to deny them from scoring more than 90 runs; while Faulkner was ruthless in his attack that got him 3 wickets, Malinga’s pace shocked the opposition as they struggled to build the innings and he claimed 2 wickets in total. Bird, Wright and Muirhead took a wicket each and a run-out in the middle ensured the Strikers didn’t get past through the double digit figure. Faced with meager total of 91 runs, the openers White and Wright posted a 62-run partnership by the start of the 6th over and though they both got out to consecutive deliveries of Neser, Maxwell and Wade finished the job for the team with 75 balls to spare. The team has shown tremendous talent and executed their strategies to perfection; they will need to keep the momentum going and will be eager to sail off to victory here to.
Lynn once again contributed to his team’s win against Sydney Thunder by posting an admirable 56 off 35 deliveries that saw him hit out 6 sixes and a boundary; with good support by Christian, Cutting and Pomersbach, who helped in adding runs to the board, the team posted a huge total of 165 runs. The bowlers defended the total beautifully by attacking the opponent batsmen right from the start of the 2nd innings; Hopes and Steketee made early in-roads into the Thunders batting line-up and ended with 2 wickets each; however, it was Gannon who plundered through their middle order and his 4 quick wickets suffocated the opposition and they won the match by 48 runs. Cutting chipped in with the ball to by taking the wicket of Floros in the middle; the collective efforts of the players have been key to their success and they will look forward to hand the Stars their first defeat this season.
While Brisbane Heat has the home advantage and very good resources in batting as well as bowling, it will take something special by them to defeat the Melbourne Stars, who have only improved with each passing match and have become invincible here. Both teams have a strong set of positives backed up by excellent performances, but the Stars who have conquered every challenge this season, seem confident to score another win here.
Melbourne Stars, 1.61 @ Titan Bet