BBL 2019-20: Match 48, Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars: Dream 11 Fantasy Cricket Tips-Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Adelaide Strikers are expected to come out as the winners.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo by Mark Brake – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 48th match of the 2019-20 Big Bash League will be played between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.

The match starts at 06:40 PM local time (08:10 AM GMT) (01:40 PM IST). This match will be live on Sony TEN 3 and Sony TEN 3 HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.


Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy

After having pulled off back-to-back victories, the Adelaide Strikers will be looking to make it three in a row when they play hosts to the table-toppers Melbourne Stars on Wednesday. The Strikers come into this game on the back of a 10-run victory over Hobart Hurricanes. 

The win was spearheaded by captain Travis Head’s belligerent 40-ball 79; an innings that helped them post an eventual match-winning total of 5-186. Chasing 187, David Miller’s whirlwind 90 threatened to take the game away from the Striker but Wes Agar’s four-wicket-haul ensured they romped home by 10 runs.

They’ll now face Melbourne Stars, who come into this game after having seen their eight-match winning streak broken by the Sydney Sixers in a rain-affected fixture on Monday after they failed to chase down 4-143 in 14 overs.  

Weather Condition/Report

It is expected to be an overcast day in Adelaide on Wednesday. According to the weather report, spells of sunshine followed by overcast conditions are set to be the order of the day. While the temperature is set to be between 19 and 25 degrees Celsius, the humidity is set to hover around 60%.

Pitch Condition/Report

The pitch at the Adelaide Oval has always been a belter of a track for the batsman, and this season has been no different. However, the pitch tends to get slow in the second half, bringing the spinners into play. Much of the same can be expected on Wednesday.

Average first innings score:– 144 [In the 4 completed games at the venue this season]

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3

Injury and Availability:

Alex Carey is once again available for the Strikers. He replaces Harry Nielson in the 13-man squad

Adam Zampa and Peter Handscomb return to the squad in place of Jonathan Merlo and Jackson Coleman.

Probable Playing XIs

Adelaide Strikers

Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head (C), Alex Carey (WK), Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Liam O’Connor, Wes Agar

Bench – Harry Conway, Billy Stanlake

Melbourne Stars

Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell (C), Peter Handscomb (WK), Ben Dunk, Nick Larkin, Daniel Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Adam Zampa, Clint Hinchliffe

Bench – Seb Gotch, Lance Morris

Top Picks:

Adelaide Strikers- With Alex Carey returning to the set-up, the Strikers have a power-packed batting line-up for tomorrow’s fixture and they’ll hope that the likes of Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt and Travis Head continue with their rich vein of form against the Stars. As far as bowling is concerned, Wes Agar claimed four wickets in the last game. He, along with Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle will lead the bowling unit.

Melbourne Stars- Once again the Stars will bank on the trio of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright to spearhead their batting unit. Adam Zampa and Sandeep Lamichhane could be key with the ball on an Adelaide Oval pitch which traditionally favours spin bowling. These players should be picked in your Dream11 Fantasy team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head

Vice-Captain – Jake Weatherald, Adam Zampa, Rashid Khan

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Alex Carey (VC)

Batters – Philip Salt, Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright

All-Rounders- Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis (C), Travis Head

Bowler- Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Wes Agar


Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Peter Handscomb

Batters – Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Ben Dunk, Hilton Cartwright

All-Rounders- Glenn Maxwell (C), Travis Head, Michael Nesser 

Bowler- Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan (VC), Sandeep Lamichhane


Expert Advice:

Both sides have got great spin bowlers, and with the Adelaide Oval normally aiding spin, picking the likes of Adam Zampa, Rashid Khan or even Sandeep Lamichhane in your Dream11 Fantasy Grand League team could be a great punt.

Probable Winners:

Adelaide Strikers are expected to come out as the winners.

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.