On Wednesday, November 22, Perth Scorchers will take on Melbourne Stars in match 50 of the Women’s Big Bash League 2023 at WACA Ground in Perth. The Scorchers and Stars each have two games left in the round-robin stage of the tournament.
Perth Scorchers are currently at second position on the points table with 16 points. The team led by the dynamic Sophie Devine has showcased consistent performances and will be eager to maintain their winning momentum. The Scorchers won four matches in a row before meeting the Thunder again and losing. The defeat exposed some of the Scorchers’ challenges for the remaining campaign. They lost by nine wickets as their batters failed to put on a big total.
Melbourne Stars are placed at seventh spot on the points table with eight points. Stars didn’t have a good tournament so far as they are in the bottom half of the points ladder. Melbourne Stars lost to the Thunder twice, Hurricanes and Sixers before registering wins over the Renegades and Heat recently. The wins have effectively come too late as they are already out of the playoff contention. Even if Stars wins their remaining two games they will finish outside the top four. They won their last game by 15 runs against the Heat which would have given them some confidence to end their campaign with a win.
Perth Scorchers will be hard pressed to bounce back against Stars as they have not beaten them in their last two meetings. On the other hand, Melbourne Stars will push to beat Scorchers for a third consecutive time.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 50, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Match Details
Date and Time: November 22, 2023, Wednesday, 02:40 PM IST
Venue: WACA Ground, Perth
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and FanCode
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 50, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Pitch Report
The pitch at the venue provides a good pace to play. The ball will come onto the bat in this clash. A first-innings total of around 150 should be competitive at this wicket.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 50, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this match is excellent with clear skies and sunshine throughout the game. No wet weather is forecast for match day. The temperature is expected to be around 37-degree Celsius with 14% humidity.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 50, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Probable Playing XIs
Perth Scorchers: Sophie Devine ©, Beth Mooney (wk), Maddy Darke, Nat Schiver-Brunt, Amy Jones, Chloe Piparo, Amy Louise Edgar, Piepa Cleary, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Chloe Ainsworth.
Melbourne Stars: Maia Bouchier, Meg Lanning ©, Alice Capsey, Annabel Sutherland, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Reid (wk), Kim Garth, Milly Illingworth, Rhys McKenna, Sasha Moloney, Sophie Day.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 50, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Head-to-Head Records
Perth Scorchers have three wins over Melbourne Stars in their last five WBBL meetings. Though the Stars’ wins are the most recent. The Scorchers have lost their last two games against the Melbourne Stars.
Prediction: Perth Scorchers to win the match
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 50, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Key Players
- Beth Mooney – She has been the Perth Scorchers’ leading run-scorer this tournament. Mooney has the most runs overall across all teams. She smashed 535 runs in 12 innings including a hundred and five half-centuries. Her impressive form will be key against the Melbourne Stars.
- Amy Edgar – She is Perth Scorchers leading wicket-taker in the WBBL 2023. Edgar has taken 19 wickets in 12 games and has been among the most consistent good right-arm seamers this tournament. She can be proven as a match-winner against the Melbourne Stars.
- Annabel Sutherland: She is an outstanding all-rounder. Her role with the bat is very crucial against the Stars. She has scored around 202 runs and is among the top scorers for Melbourne Stars. Sutherland has been brilliant with the ball picking 21 wickets in the ongoing WBBL so far. Her contribution with both bat and ball can be very important for Stars.
- Sophie Day: She has been in fabulous form with the ball. Day makes Stars’ bowling department arguably outshine over Scorchers. She has taken 23 wickets so far. She will be the leader of the Melbourne Stars bowling attack. Sophie Day is also the leading wicket-taker in the competition and can be a threat on this pitch.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Match 50, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Beth Mooney
Batters: Meg Lanning, Maia Bouchier
All-rounders: Nat Schiver-Brunt, Sophie Devine (C), Annabel Sutherland, Kim Garth, Amy Edgar, Alice Capsey
Bowlers: Sophie Day (VC), Alana King