About the Match
Scoring a massive 112-run win against Melbourne Renegades in the previous match, Melbourne Stars opened their points tally with a great show on Saturday in front of the home crowd; they now take on Sydney Sixers, who have 6 points in the bag, on 5th Jan at Melbourne. It will surely be interesting to watch the hosts giving their best to continue with their winning momentum while the Sixers, who have lost only one match till now against the Scorchers in the last game, will come out all guns blazing to go back to their winning ways.
Though the team had three consecutive wins at the beginning of the series, their last match against Perth Scorchers went down on a loss by 36 runs during the chase for a meagre 136. Except for Wessels and Henriques, all the rest gave up without a fight as they fell like a pack of cards getting all-out for 99 by the 18th over; the batsmen will need to put up a better show if they want to take on the rejuvenated Melbourne Stars. The bowlers have been consistent and they did a good job against Scorchers by restricting them to 135 runs; Starc and Doran took 2 wickets each while Sean Abbott did well to take a wicket and also cause a run-out. In the match against Sydney Thunder, Wessels and Lumb had batted well while Silk and Carters kept the scoreboard ticking; Abbott, Starc and Lee had provided the wickets and helped the team win the match by 16 runs. However, they will need to strategize well against the hosts and give it their best to pull off a win here convincingly; with the resources in hand and the right temperament, Henriques will surely be able to guide the team to a vantage point by overcoming the challenges.
It was a combined effort by the batsmen and bowlers to clinch a victory against the Renegades by 112-runs; batting first, Luke Wright, White and Pietersen joined hands to provide a boost to the innings while Triffitt’s unbeaten 22 off 13 along with contribution from lower order batsmen saw the total being pushed up to 169 runs. But it was the bowlers, who were relentless and came back hard at the opponents to demolish their batting line-up; Jackson Bird, Michael Beer and Boland took 2 wickets each to strangle the top order while Faulkner, Maxwell and Hastings provided immense variety and depth as they claimed a wicket each in quick succession to stifle the Renegades. The players gave it their all and with this victory, their morale will surely be boosted to take on mightier challenges ahead. The batting still needs some improvement, especially with players like Maxwell, Faulkner and Hussey yet to perform to their best with the bat; overall, the team is determined and with the support of the fans can be a threat to the visitors on Monday.
Though Melbourne Stars have recently won a match and definitely have the determination to repeat their terrific performance, we feel that the Stars have a much better mix of experience and talent that will take the team safely home yet again.
Melbourne Stars, 1.66 @ Bet365