The WBBL has come to its end after 56 exciting matches. In the first semi-final in Sydney, Melbourne Stars, the tabletoppers in the league stage, will face Perth Scorchers in fourth. In winning 8 games, the Stars dominated the tournament and lost just three, while the other three games were abandoned. In the last game, however, they lost to the Sydney Sixers courtesy of the match-winning knock of Alyssa Healy.
But it shouldn’t worry the Stars as much as they looked like the tournament’s best team to date. They beat the Scorchers earlier in the season in both games and would also have the psychological advantage. The Scorchers, on the other side, with six wins and 14 points in their bag, scraped through to the semis. Sophie Devine, their skipper, has returned from injury at the right time and looks in great form.
It’s likely to rain in Sydney in the morning. But by match time the weather will clear, and we will have a complete game. The temperature is predicted to be around 22-24 degrees Celsius.
The wicket has been conducive to stroke play in the past few matches in the WBBL 2020. First, the team batting should look to achieve a total of 165 to 170 runs on the board somewhere.
In the second innings, the wicket performed much better under the lights, with the ball nicely coming on to the bat, helping teams chase down huge totals.
Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Natalie Sciver, Anabel Sutherland, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Day, Alana King, Tess Flintoff, Nicole Faltum, Anna Lanning
Sophie Devine (c), Beth Mooney (wk), Amy Jones, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Jemma Barsby, Taneale Peschel, Sarah Glenn, Heather Graham
Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers Dream 11:
Beth Mooney (c&wk), Mignon du Preez, Meg Lanning, Chloe Piparo, Natalie Sciver, Heather Graham, Nicole Bolton, Tess Flintoff, Katherine Brunt, Alana King, Sarah Glenn
With two wins this season against the Scorchers in the WBBL, the Stars reached the game in the first semi-final as the overwhelming favourites.
Melbourne Stars is a better team on paper, and the experience of their foreign players was top-notch, along with their success in the lead-up to this game.
On the other hand, one of Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine will be required by the Scorchers to bat through the 20 overs and anchor the innings, mainly due to their brittle middle order.
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