About the Match
Finishing on top of the table, Melbourne Stars have 14 points from seven matches played till now, and continue to remain unbeaten; they will face Perth Scorchers who are presently at the 3rd position with 10 points on Jan 27th at Melbourne. Both teams have reserved their berths in the semifinals and the upcoming match has no bearing on the selection of their opponents in the next round; however, the Melbourne Stars will be eager to finish off the league matches without losing a single match while Scorchers will definitely be eager to hand their opponents their first defeat this season.
Winning against Hurricanes by 5 wickets, the batsmen came through once again by successfully chasing down the target set by the opponents; this time, it was Luke Wright’s half-century that steered his team to a comfortable position while the others couldn’t stick out for long. Hastings, Boland and Stoinis took 2 wickets each at regular intervals to restrict the opponents to 131 runs and the other bowlers too contributed well with their spirited efforts. The team’s collective effort is the secret to its success so far and the players are determined to take the trophy home this season. While this last league match remains just a formality at this stage, the team will definitely like to keep going on their winning streak and looks confident to perform to their best here.
The Scorchers did very well this season to make it to the top four especially in the last few games that saw them keeping their nerves together to win close matches; in the last match against the Strikers, Craig Simmons scored 102 runs off 41 deliveries that saw him drive away 8 fours and loft as many sixes into the crowd. Ashton Turner is another batsman who has performed well consistently and can be relied upon in the middle order; he and Behrendorff posted a 31-run partnership to take his team to a total of 203 runs. The bowlers struggled a bit but after a late start, they provided breakthroughs to demolish the Strikers’ efforts to win the match. It was a close win but enough to take them through to the top four and the next match against the Stars will surely give them an opportunity to gear up for the semi-final match against the Sixers. The team needs to play to its strengths and a win here will surely boost the morale of their players, which will infuse confidence in them ahead of the semi-finals.
While the hosts haven’t yet lost a match and surely look confident to continue on their unbeaten track, the Scorchers are a team hungry for a win and will definitely want to prove themselves by defeating their formidable opponents here. Both teams have good players who can turn the match in their team’s favor and while the visitors will fight to go ahead on a winning note, Melbourne Stars are clearly the favorites here and look well placed to win this match too.
Melbourne Stars, 1.66 @ Bet365