Nathan Bracken has found it difficult to separate Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars but thinks one man will make the difference.
Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars
This is a hard match too call, The Stars look amazing on paper but are prone to an upset and the Strikers are always a massive threat. Saying that I’m going for the Stars, not only because of their star studded line up but also because of the players the Strikers have lost. The Strikers bowling has become a lot weaker this year, they’ve lost Pollard, Zampa, Tait and Botha. Leaving them very weak in the middle overs, and I’m still not massively impressed by Rashid.
Melbourne Stars - 1pt @ 1.6
I’m backing the Big Show to score the most runs in today’s game! Glenn Maxwell is an unbelievable talent and this is his platform to shine. He’s an explosive player that can change a game very quickly fi the bowlers don’t find their areas and sometimes if they do. I fear for the Strikers middle over bowlers, feeling that they could go the distance.
Glenn Maxwell - 1pt @ 9.5
Top Melbourne Stars Bowler
John Hastings is my pick for Top wicket-taker in this match. He was the leading bowler last year thanks to his combination of pace and accuracy. He bowls a very heavy ball and he’s very good at creating pressure at the beginning of the over which results in wickets in his last few balls.
John Hastings - 1pt @ 4.00
Man of the Match
Man of the match pick almost selects itself when the Stars are involved, Glen Maxwell is almost as key with the ball as he is with the bat. He has that nac of taking important wickets, and don’t forget he is one of the best in the field!
Glenn Maxwell - 1pt @ 11.00