Big Bash

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars Big Bash Tips: Stars in line for rare hat-trick

Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell is 6/1 for man of the match

Ed Hawkins says Strikers are to be taken on when favourites in the Bash with Starscapable at Adelaide on Sunday...

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars
Sunday 31 December, 08.15
TV: Live on Sky Sports

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars team news

Strikers failed to defend 177 against Renegades last time out and they look likely to be a team which struggles in the field. They had to use Matt Short and D'Arcy Short as part-timers to try to find a way of stemming the Renegades onslaught.

Probable XI: M Short, D Short, Lynne, Weatherald, Hose, Overton, Neilsen, Bazley, W Agar, Payne, Boyce

Stars have added Essex batter Dan Lawrence to the squad after they lost Usama Mir and Haris Rauf to international duty. Despite Nathan Coulter-Nile being named in the squad for the success against Hobart, his calf injury is still a problem.

Probable XI: Rogers, Harper, Lawrence, Webster, Maxwell, Stoinis, Cartwright, Imad, Merlo, Paris, Steketee

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars pitch report

In 13 of the last 23 at Adelaide Oval 160 or more has been busted in the first dig. Two hundred or more has been breached five times. We're unconvinced by the Strikers bowling and an overs play on Stars runs on the par line at 169.5 or maybe a couple more is strong.

Back Stars over 169.5 1st inns runs @ 2.001/1

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Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars match odds

Stars are two from two. They haven't won three on the spin since January 2020. But clearly this is a great opportunity against a Strikers unit that we recommended to finish bottom.

Sure, the loss of Rauf, in particular, will be keenly felt and it may be that they try to import a proper replacement down the track. If the market settles with them at 2.1011/10 it's not a bad bet.

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars player bets

Glenn Maxwell is running the show, as is the wont of a man nicknamed The Big Show. He is 7/18.00 with Sportsbook to hit a six, take a catch and a wicket.

He has one win in 16 for top bat, though ('winning' in a rain-reduced affair v Hobart was a void market) so the 13/53.60 has little appeal. The 6/17.00 about man of the match suggests that's not a bad bet.

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