About the Match
Perth Scorchers, who were placed 2nd on the table with 10 points from 8 matches will host Melbourne Stars, who finished 3rd and have 10 points from 8 matches, in the 2nd semi final match of BBL on 25th Jan at Perth. The Stars are on a tremendous run, with five straight wins which has got got them all the way up to third place in the standings; the hosts on the other hand are also equally in good form, even if they might not have played too many games of late. It will be interesting to see which team can successfully overcome the challenge and make it to the finals here.
Winning the match against Perth Scorchers by 3 wickets, the batsmen just proved their strength when delivering the goods with the bat. They chased down the target of 180 runs with ease by 19.3 overs itself; Peter Handscomb blazed an unbeaten 103 off just 64 balls and John hastings helped with 20 runs from just 6 balls that allowed the team to successfully reach the target of 179 with 3 balls to spare. The Stars' main attraction has been superstar Kevin Pietersen who has become the highest run scorer in BBL 4 helping the team emerge victorious time and again. The Stars bowlers have also shown their strength over the last 4 wins; Bird, Beer, Hastings are exceptional, taking wickets and creating chances for their team under critical moments. Overall the team has talent and the necessary fire-power to overcome any situation and they have a strong chance of making it to the finals here.
Perth Scorchers previously lost their last match against Melbourne Stars by 3 wickets with 3 balls remaining; Scorchers batsmen had set a target of 180 runs with Marsh posting 79 off just 51 balls, Klinger’s knock was almost as explosive with 71 off 48 balls that helped to add 52 runs from the final six overs with skipper Adam Voges scoring 27 runs off 21 balls. On the bowling front, Yasir Arafat took 4-27 from 4 overs but they lost the match which would surely have hurt their morale but the team has necessary talent and experience to bounce back. With players like Klinger, Voges and many all-rounders, the team definitely has a good batting line-up provided they can execute to plan. Bowlers Behrendorff, Yasir Arafat, Tye, Hogg and Agar are in good form, taking wickets regularly; they have the talent and ability to face any situation and will surely give their best to win the upcoming match and reserve a berth in the finals.
The competition has reached the crucial juncture wherein the game tests the perseverance of the strongest teams; it will definitely be a tough contest on Sunday with both sides trying to dominate the other. The Scorchers have been consistent throughout the series whereas Stars have performed extremely well in their last 5 matches; although the match will go down to the wire, we feel that the Stars with their determination will emerge as the winners here.
Melbourne Stars, 2.00 @ Titan Bet