Big Bash League 2022-23: Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers – Match 38 Preview and Updates

Things are looking bleak for the Melbourne Stars after their third consecutive loss. In search of a desperate win, they will host Adelaide Strikers on January 12th at 1:45 pm IST at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne. This could be Melbourne Stars’ last chance to change the course of the BBL, as one of their two wins came against Adelaide Strikers.

Melbourne Stars batted first against Hobart Hurricanes, setting a 132-run target. Hurricanes punished stars by scoring 94 runs in the first 11 overs. The Stars bowling unit fought back when the Hurricanes were looking for an easy win, taking wickets at regular intervals. However, the target was too narrow. In the end, the Stars came up short, losing by two wickets. Liam Hatcher took three wickets for a total of 25 runs.

Adelaide Strikers defeated Melbourne Renegades for their fifth win of the season. Batting first, Strikers scored 202 runs thanks to Chris Lynn’s half-century (69*). In response, Renegades goalkeeper Sam Harper scored 63 points off 36 balls to get close to the goal. Strikers captain Matthew Short, Wes Agar, and Ben Manenti each took two wickets as the team won by 20 runs.

This season, the Melbourne Stars faced the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval. Batting first, Marcus Stionis of the Stars punished the strikers’ bowling unit, scoring 74 runs in 35 deliveries. Batters Henry Hunt and Adam Hose combined for 74 runs while chasing 187. Strikers, however, fell short of 8 runs in the end. Liam Hatcher claimed two wickets for 29 runs.

The Stars currently sit at the bottom of the table, with only four points in nine games. While the Adelaide Strikers are in third place with 10 points from equal games. A win here could propel them past the Perth Scorchers into second place.

The Match 38 between Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers will take place on January 12th, 2023 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

Match Details to Note

Match: Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers, Match 38, Big Bash League 2022-23

Date: January 12, 2023 (Thursday)                                             

Time: 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers

Melbourne Stars (Match Odds – 2.35):


The Melbourne Stars’ season is deteriorating. Losing their third game in a row has made their path to the knockout rounds more difficult. They must win all of their remaining games. Joe Clarke and Thomas Rogers will lead off the first inning for the Stars. This season, Clarke has been their leading run-scorer. So far, he has 248 runs scored at a strike rate of 125.88. However, in his last three innings, he has allowed zero, twelve, and four runs. So it will be difficult to believe in his ability to score against the Strikers.

Marcus Stoinis will be the Stars’ best hope for a repeat performance against the Strikers. Stoinis has 146 runs in 7 games, including two 50-run games. His trike rate of 156.98 ranks first among Stars batters. At number three, Hilton Cartwright has been consistent over the last five games. Cartwright has 217 runs scored in 9 games this season. However, a strike rate of 111.28 will be insufficient against the Strikers, who have scored more than 200 runs in their last two games.

Luke Wood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Trent Boult will lead the bowling unit. Wood has taken 15 wickets at an economy rate of 8.88, the lowest among the top bowlers. Adam Zampa, the skipper, has been successful in saving runs. However, his 7.16 economy rate will not be decisive if he fails to take wickets. Wood will be our pick for the best bowler in the Stars camp.

Full Squad:

Trent Boult, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Luke Wood, Adam Zampa, Campbell Kellaway, Tom O’Connell, Sam Elliott, Cam McClure

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Players to watch out for:

Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke, Luke Wood

Possible Playing XI:

Joe Clarke (wk), Thomas Rogers, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, James Seymour, Clint Hinchliffe, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa (c)

Adelaide Strikers (Match Odds – 1.60):


Strikers are back in the game after two consecutive victories. And they did it in style. Chris Lynn has been outstanding with the bat, and skipper Matthew Short is setting a good example. This season, Lynn has scored the most runs. The right-handed batter has scored 393 runs while striking out 147.19 times. What is concerning for the Melbourne Stars is that he has scored 87, 64, and 69* points in the last three games.

Skipper Short, who scored 100 in a successful 230-run chase against the Hobart Hurricanes, followed up with two wickets for 26 runs against the Renegades in the previous game. Short is the season’s second leading run-scorer, with 359 runs, 1 century, and 2 half-centuries at a strike rate of 145.34. With 9 wickets, he is also the Strikers’ second most economical bowler.

The Strikers’ bowling attack will be led by Henry Thronton and Wes Agar. Thornton has 16 wickets this season, including a career-high 5 wickets for three runs. He is currently the season’s second-leading wicket-taker. Rashid Khan has yet to demonstrate his talent. The leggie has taken six wickets in eight games with an economy rate of 6.42, the best among Strikers bowlers. Henry Thronton will be our top bowler pick.

Full Squad:

Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head, Adam Hose, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Harry Nielsen, Matt Short, Jake Weatherald, Henry Thorton, Peter Siddle, Ben Manenti, Jordan Buckingham

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Players to watch out for:

Matthew Short, Chris Lynn, Henry Thronton

Possible Playing XI:

Matthew Short (c), Ryan Gibson, Chris Lynn, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Ben Manenti, Cameron Boyce, Wes Agar, Harry Conway

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers Head to Head

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played MLS Won ADS Won Tie NR
Overall 16 8 8 0 0

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers Toss Prediction

The results of the 22 T20Is played have favoured the team chasing the target 12 times. However, the average first-inning score is 15 runs higher than the average second-inning score; recent pitching behaviour indicates that the team winning the toss should bat first. Six of the last seven BBL games played here have gone in favour of the team batting first.

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers Pitch Report

The 38th T20 will begin at 1:45 p.m. IST on January 12th at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The stadium has a capacity of 100,000 spectators and has hosted 116 Tests and 22 Twenty20 matches. The first-ever tie result was recorded at the MCG during an ODI between Australia and the West Indies.

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There will be some cloud cover but no rain. The temperature will range between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius. The wind will be blowing at 10-25 km/h from the west. The pitch is highly competitive because it provides a balance for both batters and bowlers. The team that bowls first receives a genuine bounce from the pitch.

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers Prediction

The Melbourne Stars have had a difficult season. They have lost seven of their nine games. With everyone working hard to achieve the desired result, the Stars have almost no chance of preventing the Strikers from winning the game. The Melbourne Stars have yet to score 200 goals this season, a mark that the Strikers have reached in their last two games. When you have two of the season’s leading run scorers and the second leading wicket-taker on your team, it makes little difference whether you play on home or away turf.

Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Adelaide Strikers is the favourite to beat Melbourne Stars at the odds of 1.60.

Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Matt Short (359 runs) will stick around thankfully and is second in the BBL for runs made, so we recommend to back him for this match.

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