STA vs STR Dream11: Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers will face each other in the 40th match of BBL 10 at the mighty MCG. With final stages of the tournament not far away, both teams will be looking to make a case for themselves in the semis. Having lost 5 games out of their last 6, the things are not looking great for Melbourne Stars. They do have a several high profile players in the lineup but their inconsistency hasn’t helped the team’s cause. Stoinis, Maxwell and Fletcher are capable of destroying any bowling attack. With Adam Zampa in good wicket taking form, Stars will hope the other bowlers to step up and put up a spirited performance.
Adelaide Strikers meanwhile, are in the middle of the points table and will look to raise their performance ahead of an important phase of the tournament. Their inconsistency in performance can be seen in the fact that they have neither won nor lost more than two games in a row. Skipper Alex Carey will be looking to lead the team from the front and maintain his consistency, Weatherald and Wells have been impressive in the middle order. With Rashid having left for international commitments, Strikers have a task in hand to fill his gap though they will be excited to see Siddle back in the squad for this game.
STA vs STR Dream11 match details
Fixture name: Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers
Competition: Big Bash League 2020-21
Date: 15 January, 2021
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Melbourne Stars 194/2 beat Sydney Thunder 166/8 by 28 runs on Feb 6, 2020.
STA (recent last) L L W L L
STR (recent last) L L W L W
Points Table Standings: STA 7, STR 4
Pitch Report: This is the first game of the season at MCG, so expect it to be fresh initially and it will assist the seamers early on. Normally, spinners have a good record at the MCG and with big boundaries, expect them to make an impact. Thunderstorms are expected for the match with light rain showers.
STA vs STR Playing 11
STA Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Ben Dunk has left the Stars squad after ending his contract.
Expected team changes- Strikers may bring in Zahir Khan in place of Sam Rainbird given big boundaries of MCG.
Fletcher and Stoinis will be the openers with Larkin at No.3.
Maxwell, Maddinson and Cartwright form a decent middle order.
Haris Rauf and Hatcher will be the quicks while Zampa will be the frontline spinner. One out of Rainbird and Zahir Khan will play.
STA Playing 11 (probable)
G Maxwell (C)
S Gotch (wk)
S Rainbird/ Z Khan
STR Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Siddle is back into the squad after missing the last game with a fractured thumb while Rashid Khan has left for his international duties. Head and Neser remain unavailable due to their international assignments.
Expected team changes- Expect Siddle to be back in the eleven in place of Rashid Khan.
Renshaw and Salt will open with skipper Carey at No.3.
Wells, Weatherald and Gibson will be in the middle order.
Worrall and Conway will be the new ball bowlers with Siddle and Wes Agar to compliment them. Danny Briggs will be the specialist spin bowling option.
STR Playing 11 (probable)
A Carey (C) (wk)
STA vs STR Today Match Prediction: Who will win STA vs STR Dream11 match today?
Strikers will start the match as favorites given their recent form. They will look to be a little more consistent in order to cement their spot in the playoffs. Another challenge for them will be to fill up the gap created by Rashid’s absence. Stars though have lost their way after a good start to their season. Both the teams played their last match against each other and Strikers got the better of Stars at the Adelaide Oval. The Stars will look to give it back to them at the MCG. This ground has produced some thrillers over the years with average score being 148. Expect a tight contest in the STA vs STR Today Match Prediction.
STA vs STR Dream11 Prediction, Captain & Differential Picks
M Stoinis- Probably the legend of the BBL, Stoinis is an exceptional top order batsman and is a consistent run scorer for Stars. With the powerplay restrictions, he can be really dangerous.
T20 Career: Runs 3159, Bat Avg. 32, Wkts 75, Bowl Avg. 26
Stoinis in BBL 10: Runs 277, Avg. 39
G Maxwell- This has been a decent season for Maxwell and he has scored runs consistently with the bat. He is one of the most destructive players in this format and Stars will need a match winning score from him.
T20 Career: Runs 6457, Bat Avg. 27, Wkts 105, Bowl Avg. 32
Maxwell in BBL 10: Runs 255, Bat Avg. 36, Wkts 4, Bowl Avg. 43
A Zampa- Zampa has emerged as the leader of this bowling attack as he has been picking up wickets consistently this season. He has bowled some tough overs at the death picking up important wickets.
T20 Career: Wkts 189, Bowl Avg. 21
Zampa in BBL 10: Wkts 12, Bowl Avg. 15
A Carey- The Strikers skipper is having a remarkable tournament with the bat and is currently at No.4 on the list of highest run scorers. At No.3, he has looked decent and Strikers will need a match defining innings from their captain.
T20 Career: Runs 1935, Avg. 30
Carey in BBL 10: Runs 279, Avg. 35
W Agar- Strikers bowling has been their strength this season and one of the reasons has been the performance of Wes Agar. The fast bowler has picked up wickets consistently and has also bowled crucial overs at the death. His form this season makes him a top pick in the STA vs STR Dream11 Prediction.
T20 Career: Wkts 36, Bowl Avg. 22
W Agar in BBL 10: Wkts 17, Bowl Avg. 16
J Wells- The middle order batsman started the season slowly but quickly got amongst the runs ever since moving up to No.4. He scored a crucial 36 in the last game which helped the Strikers chase down the target.
T20 Career: Runs 2153, Avg. 33
Wells in BBL 10: Runs 204, Avg. 25
A Fletcher- The West Indian, also known as Spiceman, hasn’t played any substantial innings so far this season though he has caught attention through his fielding skills. He has been a consistent run getter in this format and can be expected to get a big score this time.
T20 Career: Runs 4990, Avg. 27
Fletcher in BBL 10: Runs 99, Avg. 12
M Renshaw- Another batsman who has immense talent but has failed to make his mark this season. Renshaw has got starts but has been unable to get a big score. With some help expected for the spinners, his offspin can be productive for Strikers.
T20 Career: Runs 724, Bat Avg. 24, Wkts 6, Bowl Avg. 38
Renshaw in BBL 10: Runs 175, Avg. 17