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Big Bash preview: Stars targeting three in a row

Melbourne Stars have sprung into life in BBL 13 and will be targeting their third win on the bounce against Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.

The Stars looked a contender to finish bottom of the Big Bash League ladder after losing their opening three games.

However they are now a team on the up and can be backed at 2.60 to go on and make the top four.

The Strikers are also well in the mix and are a slightly shorter price at 1.95 to make finals.

With each team playing just 10 matches in the regular season, each one is crucial, and Sunday’s clash between the Strikers and Stars could go a long way to deciding who makes the top four.

Both sides are packed with quality and BBL lovers could be in for a treat.

WhatAdelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide 
When18:15 (AEST) Sunday 31st December 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo 

Duo shining for Strikers

The Strikers have a side packed with quality players and from what we have seen so far, Matt Short and Jamie Overton are two of the players to watch.

Overton has impressed with bat and ball in the opening fixtures and is sure to be a big player for the Strikers once again.

The same can be said of Matt Short, who scored 55 runs in the recent defeat to Sydney Sixers and also took a couple of wickets.

Batsman Chris Lynn is another player capable of putting on a big score. So too is D’Arcy Short, who has yet to hit top form in BBL 13, but there is still time.

Stars find form

After a slow start to BBL 13, the Stars are finally starting to shine after they picked up two wins on the bounce.

The four-wicket win over Sydney Sixers gave them a huge lift, and they have since backed it up with seven-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes.

It came courtesy of the DLS method as heavy rain in Hobart disrupted the fixture.

The Stars had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Glenn Maxwell, who went on to be named man-of-the-match, took 3-29, while Haris Rauf also shone with 3-24.

The Hurricanes were bowled out for 155 runs with just two balls off their 20 overs remaining.

After the rain came in, the Stars were told they had just seven overs to score 67 runs to win the match. They got there with three deliveries remaining.

The Stars switched the batting order, moving Glenn Maxwell to opener, and it was move that paid off.

Sam Harper and Marcus Stoinis both went for ducks, but Maxwell kept his cool when smashing 35 runs off just 18 deliveries.

Maxwell was there at the end, along with Tom Rogers, who also chipped in with a crucial 21 runs.

If Maxwell carries on then the Stars could be in with a shout of cementing a place in the top four, but some of the other big names also need to step up.

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