The Melbourne Stars Women and Sydney Thunder Women will lock horns in the Match 17 of Women’s Big Bash 2021. The vital players of Sydney Thunder are the Indians, Deepti Sharma and Smriti Mandhana. While the Melbourne Stars need contributions from their experienced players like Meg Lanning and Kim Garth, who are the proven performers.
The Melbourne Stars have 1 victory in 4 league matches, and would need the all round brilliance to continue the momentum. In their last fixture (without rain), the team secured the victory by 39 runs. While the Sydney Thunder need to be show intent in opening their account in the tournament. They lost their last fixture by a huge margin of 81 runs.
Melbourne and Sydney, both are trailing down at the table, and they are needing a victory in this must win game for both. Sydney haven’t won a game yet, and will look to get one to start their streak. Melbourne have won only one game, and have lost one with one washed out. A victory for Melbourne team here, will push them to a higher position in the table, but Sydney will remain at the same place.
Fixture Name: Match 17
Competition: Women’s Big Bash T20 2021
Date: 26 October
Time: 7:55 AM IST
Team Form Guide:
ST-W(recent last): L NR L
MS-W(recent last): NR W L
Venue: Aurora Stadium, Launceston
Pitch Report: The match between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder team is scheduled to take place in Aurora Stadium, Launceston. Here the pitch has been found too good for batters, and 140 will be the par total. The scores of 180 were also scored few days back, and the spinners can be a lethal weapon to contain the flow of runs and take wickets.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Perth Scorchers Women 186/2 won by 32 runs against Sydney Thunder women 105/9 in Match 16 of Women’s Big Bash League 2021.
The maximum players from Stars are selected due to their fine track record and talent. The captain pick in this Dream11 Team can be Kim Garth, who is quite experienced and has been impressive in both departments of game. While Deepti Sharma will be your vice captain pick due to his proven performances for the Indian team.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Nicola Faltum
BATSMEN: Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Smriti Mandhana, Phoebe Litchfield
ALL-ROUNDERS: Deepti Sharma, Annabel Sutherland, Kim Garth
BOWLERS: Hannah Darlington, Tess Flintoff, Lauren Smith
The Melbourne Stars are predicted to win this game due to the stronger balance and the presence of experienced cricketers. They secured a decisive victory in the last fixture and would be confident of themselves. While the Sydney Thunder do not have the have quality players apart from Mandhana and Deepti Sharma, and other players would need to be proficient.
Sydney Thunders are at the bottom, now have lost two in three, with a washed out game. Thunders played just the last game, and were out-showcased by the duo Devine and Mooney, who just smashed each & every ball out of the park. Sydney were given 187 on the board to chase, but they just scored 105, which is terrible. Both the batting and bowling department of the team were bad, and it showed in the scorecard.
The opening batter has a fine composure and sound technique to provide a good start to the Thunder team. Although she has not contributed enough in the tournament, still she can be trusted due to her abilities which are on display for the Indian team. In 84 T20 appearances, she has scored 1971 runs at an average of 26.
The all rounder is likely to play a vital role in helping the team to get their first victory in the tournament. If she lands the ball in right areas, the spinners will be in advantage. In the last fixture, she scored 20 runs and would be looking to improve her performances. In 57 T20 matches, Deepti has accumulated 495 runs and also has 58 wickets.
X factor: The top order batter Litch field proved to be a vital contributor in the last match and should continue her good form.
Player to Watch: The experienced player Johnson is expected to do well in this game due to her fine track record.
ST-W Playing 11 (likely)
1. Smriti Mandhana
2. Sammy-Jo Johnson
3. Phoebe Litchfield
4. Corinne Hall
5. Anika Learoyd
6. Deepti Sharma
7. Hannah Darlington (c)
8. Lauren Smith
9. Isabelle Wong
10. Emily Smith (wk)
11. Samantha Bates
Melbourne Stars had a washed out last game, against the Brisbane team. Before it, they defeated the Sydney Sixers team by 30 runs and with an ease. Melbourne batted first and put up a decent total on the board, with the Sutherland scoring at the top and a contribution from a couple of players in the middle order. Bowling was brilliant and they successfully restricted the Sydney team at just 109 off 20 overs.
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The middle order batsman and all rounder has been a fine performer for the South Africa team. In the last fixture for Stars, she scored 24* off 21 balls and took 3 wickets at a terrific economy and can be a captain pick. She displayed her capacity to score runs in a brisk pace and can pick wickets in the power play and contain runs in death overs.
The leader of the team has been a terrific player in the BBL history and would look to replicate the same in this fixture. She has the capability to stitch crucial partnerships and can accelerate when the team requires. In 3 matches of Women’s Big Bash 2021, she has scored 58 runs at an average of 29, and would look to keep improving to keep the team in good stead.
X factor: Maya Bouchier looked confident of her abilities in the last fixture and would look to keep performing well.
Player to Watch: Annabel Sutherland was impressive with a half century and was one of the reasons for team’s win.
MS-W Playing 11 (likely)
1. Elyse Villani
2. Annabel Sutherland
3. Meg Lanning (c)
4. Maia Bouchier
5. Kim Garth
6. Nicole Faltum (wk)
7. Tess Flintoff
8. Anna Lanning
9. Linsey Smith
10. Sophie Day
11. Rhys McKenna
Watch Melbourne Stars Women vs Sydney Thunder Women Dream11 Live score and streaming on Sony Sports Network. The official partner, Sony LIV will stream the Women’s Bash League 2021. The stats of the players and standings of respective teams can be viewed from Cricket Australia official website. You can hop on to Twitter for key moments and updates regarding tournament.
The Sony Six Channel will broadcast MS-W vs ST-W Match 17 of the Women’s Big Bash 2021. It will be exciting to see if the Thunder can make a comeback in the tournament and compete well against strong Melbourne Stars. Due to the covid related issues, no crowds have been allowed in the stadium premises to watch the tournament.