BBL 2018-19, Match 39: Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

BBL 2018-19, Match 39: Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

After the embarrassing 10-wicket loss in the last game, the Strikers are expected to come back strong against the Stars.

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Two similarly placed teams after their respective first nine games of the tournament will battle it out in the 39th Match of the BBL 2018-19. Both Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne have got four wins thus far and lost five games. At the moment, they are placed fifth and sixth on the points table respectively and it is only their Net Run Rate that differentiates both the sides.

The upcoming game is a wonderful opportunity to get closer to breaking into the upper half of the points table. While the Stars enter this game on the back of a hard-fought win against the Renegades, the Strikers were put to embarrassment in their last game. Playing at their home ground, the Hobart Hurricanes humbled them with 10 wickets in hand.

Match Details

The 39th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 will be played between Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers at the Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe, Victoria

The match starts at 2:45 PM local time (3:45 AM GMT) (9:15 AM IST).

The game will be live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India. Live streaming is available on Sony Liv.


Pitch Condition/Report

This will be the first professional game to be played at this venue. There are drop-in pitches as it is used for the AFL matches as well. Hence, one could expect it to be a little slower.

Probable XI

Melbourne Stars

Ben Dunk (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell (C), Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis, Liam Plunkett, Adam Zampa, Jackson Bird, Tom O’Connell.

Bench – Lance Morris, Seb Gotch

No changes made to the squad.

Adelaide Strikers

Colin Ingram (C), Alex Carey (wk), Jake Weatherald, Matt Short, Jake Lehmann, Jonathan Wells, Rashid Khan, Michael Neser, Ben Laughlin, Liam O’Connor, Billy Stanlake.

Bench – Wes Agar, Cameron Valente

In – Wes Agar

Out – Michael Cormack


Team News

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks

As the tournament has progressed, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan seems to have slowed down a bit. In the first six games, he scored 42 runs in two innings and picked up 10 wickets. But his performances haven’t been the same in the previous three games. He only picked three wickets and scored 23 runs in those three innings. Since Rashid is known to be a fighter, it is sure that he’ll look to bounce back in the upcoming encounter.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection

Marcus Stoinis must be the captain or the vice-captain of your side. The all-rounder is in great form currently and will be an invaluable pick in your side. Colin Ingram, Peter Handscomb and Rashid Khan are the other options that you can pick from either as the captain or the vice-captain. All these three players have fared decently well for their teams in the tournament.

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Peter Handscomb

Batters – Glenn Maxwell, Ben Dunk, Colin Ingram (vc), Jonathan Wells

All-Rounders – DJ Bravo, Marcus Stoinis (C)

Bowlers – Liam Plunkett, Ben Laughlin, Rashid Khan, Liam O’Connor

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Peter Handscomb (c)

Batters – Ben Dunk, Colin Ingram, Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald.

All-Rounders – DJ Bravo, Marcus Stoinis (vc)

Bowlers – Jackson Bird, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan


Expert Advice

Peter Handscomb had to be picked ahead of Alex Carey in keeper’s category as Handscomb cost 9.0 credits while Carey comes for 10.0 credits. Handscomb was in better form during the home ODI series against India. The wicketkeeper-batsman is equally capable of hitting the ball and is more of a value-for-money option.

Probable Winners

With most of their star players back in the fold, the Melbourne Stars could go on to win this match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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