Melbourne Stars will take on Perth Scorchers in a Big Bash League fixture at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in East Melbourne on 23rd January.

The match is scheduled to start at 1:45 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Mobile viewers can also stream it live via the Sony Liv app.

Preview: Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers, 50th Match

The 50th match of the Big Bash League would be an exciting clash between the two teams that are currently occupying the 3rd and 5th position on the point table. Melbourne Stars have played 11 BBL matches so far and have managed to register a victory in 5 of them. In their last encounter against Melbourne Renegades, the Stars won the game by 6 wickets. Melbourne Stars currently have 23 points to their name.

Their opposition, Perth Scorchers had a bad start but are experiencing a contrasting season since the last few matches. They lost their last games against Sydney Sixers, but have registered a victory in four of their previous five encounters. The Scorchers have bagged 21 points in the league so far, and will be keen to move up on the table by winning the next game.

Pitch report

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is favorable for the batsmen. The last two games at this stadium has seen a score of 170+ runs in the first innings, so an average score of 165+ can be expected in the upcoming game.

Weather report

The skies will be clear and sunny on Saturday at the MCG. A temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius and humidity of around 47% is expected during the game.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is over 170.

Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers probable XI

Melbourne Stars: Probable XI

Glenn Maxwell (C), Ben Dunk (WK), Hilton Cartwright, Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Seb Gotch, Sam Rainbird, Nick Larkin, Billy Stanlake, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa.

Bench

Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Clint Hinchliffe, Haris Rauf, Zahir Khan, Nic Maddinson

Perth Scorchers: Probable XI

Ashton Turner (C), Josh Inglis (WK), Joe Clarke, Mitchell Marsh, Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Fawad Ahmed.

Bench

Joel Paris, Matthew Kelly, Cameron Bancroft, Kurtis Patterson, Corey Rocchiccioli.

Wicketkeeper: Josh Inglis

Batsmen: Andre Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner, Jason Roy

All-rounders: Aaron Hardie, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Liam Hatcher

Top picks for Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers

Glenn Maxwell has contributed with both bat and ball in this BBL 2020-21. In 10 innings, the all-rounder has amassed 312 runs at an average of 36.67 and a strike rate of 145.12. When it comes to bowling, Maxwell has 7 wickets to his name at a decent economy rate of 7.73. His highest score in this year’s BBL is 71.

Josh Inglis has had a decent year in BBL 2020-21 so far. In 10 innings, Inglis has aggregated 201 runs at an average of 28.71 and strike rate of 132.24. This amazing total of 201 includes 24 fours and 4 sixes. His highest score in the 10th edition of the BBL is 72. 

Man of the match prediction  

Glenn Maxwell could be the Man of the Match in the next game. 

Winner prediction

Both Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers have good T20 batsmen in the form of Andre Fletcher and Ashton Turner. Also, the likes of Liam Hatcher and Jhye Richardson make the lethal bowling lineup of both the teams. Moreover, both the Stars and the Scorchers are having a great season since their last few matches. So, it’s difficult to predict the winner for the next game. But given the pitch conditions at the MCG and considering the stats, one would back Melbourne Stars in the next contest.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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