Adelaide Strikers Women shall aim for their fifth consecutive win as they take on the Melbourne Stars Women in the 26th match of the Women’s Big Bash League 2022. The Adelaide Strikers Women enter this game with a big win against the Perth Scorchers Women. The Stars Women had to share points with Sydney Thunder Women in the last game.
The Adelaide Strikers Women would be confident as they have won the last four games. Their bowlers have been in excellent form and troubling the opponents. Melbourne Stars Women, in contrast, have struggled to find consistency. They must win this game, and it will be interesting to see if they have enough fire in the belly.
Adelaide Strikers Women’s Preview
It has been an excellent run for Tahlia McGrath’s side, and they come into this game with their fourth consecutive win. They defeated the defending champions Perth Scorchers Women by 6 wickets in their last game. McGrath shall look to continue with the same momentum and take a step closer to the semifinal.
Deandra Dottin and Katie Mack have done well in the last few games, and the same shall be expected from them here. Laura Wolvaardt is the key player for the team, and she must build partnerships with Bridget Patterson and McGrath in the middle order. Madeline Penna, Amanda Wellington, and Tegan McPharlin add to the side’s batting depth.
The bowling attack has looked in good form, and the side shall look for early wickets from Darcie Brown and Megan Schutt. Wellington bowled well in the last game, and she will look to keep a check on the scoring rate in the middle overs. The side would also expect good spells in this game from Deandra Dottin, McGrath, and Jemma Barsby.
Adelaide Strikers Women Predicted Playing XI:
Tahlia McGrath (c), Deandra Dottin, Katie Mack, Laura Wolvaardt, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Amanda Wellington, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Melbourne Stars Women Preview
The rain washout against Sydney Thunder Women won’t help the Stars. Nicole Faltum’s team is sixth on the points table and needs to get going. Key batters haven’t shown consistency which is worrying. Their opponents have shown good form in the tournament, and Faltum shall like to see her players display positivity in this game.
Lauren Winfield-Hill and Jemimah Rodrigues are vital players for the team at the top. They must set up a good opening wicket stand for them to be in a comfortable position. In the middle order, Annabel Sutherland has done well, and she must add runs along with Alice Capsey and Kim Gareth. They would expect runs from Faltum, Tess Flintoff, and Sasha Moloney.
Sasha Moloney and Kim Garth have done well with the ball in the last two games, and the same would put the side in a comfortable position. Sophie Day and Sutherland are striking the right areas and need to continue with the same momentum. The side would also expect good spells from Tess Flintoff and Alice Capsey in this game.
Melbourne Stars Women Predicted Playing XI:
Nicole Faltum (c & wk), Lauren Winfield-Hill, Jemimah Rodrigues, Alice Capsey, Annabel Sutherland, Kim Garth, Sasha Moloney, Una Raymond-Hoey, Tess Flintoff, Sophie Reid, Sophie Day
Weathermen predict overcast skies in Sydney on November 02. The conditions will likely be difficult to bat as bowlers shall get the ball to move and bounce on this track. The side that bats first in this game shall have to score above 140 runs to defend it successfully.
Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney, has small boundaries. The thick grass cover on the outfield does offer some cushion to the fielding side. Batters need to play with caution here, as there is a lot in the pitch for the seam bowlers. Spinners who can vary their length have also done well here.
Toss: To Bowl
The skies would be overcast, and bowlers shall enjoy the conditions in this game. Most teams have previously won games, chasing scores at this venue. We expect this trend to continue, and the side winning the toss shall have no hesitation in bowling first.
ADSW vs MLSW
Melbourne Stars Women have their last shot at keeping hopes alive for a berth in the semifinal. It would put pressure on the team, as their batters haven’t done well in this tournament. Adelaide Strikers Women are in superb form, and the side won the last four games in a row. It will make them favorites to win this contest.
Adelaide Strikers Women to win.