After notching their first win of the tournament, Melbourne Stars will be buzzing with confidence ahead of their encounter against the Sydney Sixers at the WACA Ground on Sunday. Lizelle Lee set up the victory for her side by smashing the first century in this edition of the Women’s Big Bash League. On the other hand, the Sixers registered their third victory from four matches by completing a nervy chase against the Melbourne Renegades. The Ellyse Perry-led side will start the game as clear favorites but cannot afford to take their opponents lightly after their morale-boosting maiden victory over Perth Scorchers on Saturday.
Women’s Big Bash League 2019
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars
3rd November 2019
8:30 AM IST
WACA Ground, Perth
Partly Cloudy conditions with few chances of rain and temperature ranging around 20 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface will have plenty of pace and bounce in it for the pacers whilst the spinners too will enjoy bowling on a track that is certain to slow down as the match progresses.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Even though they have fared well so far in the competition, there is a worrying over-reliance on the incredible Ellyse Perry to bail them out when things go south. Like in the previous game, Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner were dismissed cheaply whilst Perry stayed till the end to take her side over the finish line. Hence, better consistency would be expected of the star names in the batting unit whereas Marizanne Kapp has performed admirably with the bowl in hand.
Alyssa Healy(w), Ellyse Perry(c), Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Maddy Darke, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-holmes, Stella Campbell
Lizelle Lee’s ton helped put an end to a wretched run of four consecutive defeats in the league and that win will undoubtedly give them a much-needed confidence boost ahead of this encounter. Yet again, the trio of Lizelle Lee, Elyse Villani and Mignon du Preez will be expected to share the burden of run-scoring whilst Erin Osborne will have a key role to play with both bat as well as the bowl.
Elyse Villani(c), Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Erin Osborne, Katey Martin(w), Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Madeline Penna, Nicola Hancock, Holly Ferling, Kristen Beams
After plundering 103 from 65 balls at a healthy strike of 158.46 which included 13 boundaries and three maximums, Lizelle Lee can walk into any Dream11 Team. She should be made either the captain or the vice-captain of the fantasy side. Ellyse Perry has accumulated 192 runs from just four matches and is the highest run-getter for the side. Hence, she is a mandatory pick. On a track that is conducive to fast bowling, Marizanne Kapp needs to be included in the side as she has bagged six wickets in the competition. Alyssa Healy and Mignon du Preez are other advisable picks ahead of this fantasy contest.
1: Ellyse Perry
2: Lizelle Lee
3: Marizanne Kapp
A Healy, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
L Lee, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
E Burns, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
M du Preez, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
E Osborne, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
M Penna, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
E Perry, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
M Kapp, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
S Aley, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
S Campbell, Points: 24-26, Grade: C
H Silver-Holmes: 54-56, Grade: A