Melbourne Stars Women and Hobart Hurricanes Women will come up against each other in their respective first games of the tournament. The Hurricanes had endured a torrid season last time around when they won only two of the 14 games and hence finished at the bottom of the points table. The Melbourne Stars had done well to finish in the fourth spot at the end of the league stage and would be keen to better their performance from last time around and go one step further as well. They possibly start as the favorites to emerge victorious in this match.
Women’s Big Bash League 2019
Melbourne Stars Women vs Hobart Hurricanes Women
Junction Oval, Melbourne
October 19th, 2019
8:30 AM IST
Mostly cloudy weather with 13% chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 11 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track at Melbourne would surely assist the batters and hence we can witness quite a run-feast when these two teams face off there tomorrow.
Predicted Playing XI:
Lizelle Lee had a sub-par series in India recently and she would be hoping to better that in the upcoming season of the Big Bash. Katey Martin and Nicole Faltum would be the other key batters along with the captain, Elyse Villani. Nicola Hancock and Tess Flintoff would be crucial with the ball for the Stars.
Elyse Villani (C), Lizelle Lee, Annabel Sutherland, Katey Martin, Mignon du Preez, Nicole Faltum, Erin Osborne, Emma Inglis, Kristen Beams, Tess Flintoff, Nicola Hancock
Heather Knight would wish to set the tone for the batting order right at the top whilst the likes of Sasha Moloney and Nicola Carey would be expected to shoulder the responsibilties later on. Tayla Vlaeminck and Meg Phillips would have key roles to play as well.
Corinne Hall (C), Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Sasha Moloney,Emily Smith, Nicola Carey, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Brooke Hepburn, Meg Phillips, Tayla Vlaeminck
Elyse Vilani has an average of nearly 30 and a strike rate of 118 including 12 half-centuries in her international career so far. Heather Knight hasn’t had a very successful career as such in T20Is but has fared really well in ODIs and hence, given the time at the top of the order, might as well click in this format for the Hurricanes. Lizelle Lee has notched 11 half-centuries at an average of a tad above 25 in her career in T20Is as well, and hence these three would be the key batters who can accumulate a notable number of points in tomorrow’s game. They should be drafted in the Dream XI side.
1: Heather Knight
2: Elyse Vilani
3: Lizelle Lee
Dream XI & Points Projection:
K Martin, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
L Lee, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
E Villani, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
F Wilson, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
C Hall, Points: 36-38, Grade: B
A Sutherland, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
H Knight, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
C Tryon, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
K Beams, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
B Hepburn, Points: 32-34, Grade: B
N Carey, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
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