The Melbourne Stars will be gunning for their first ever Big Bash League final when they take on the Perth Scorchers in the second semi-final of the BBL05. You can get the latest Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers betting tips & watch its live streaming here.
The Melbourne Stars will look to end their unwanted run of four successive Big Bash League (BBL) semi-final defeats on Friday, when they host the Perth Scorchers in the second of the last four matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Scorchers meanwhile will look to maintain their amazing record of having qualified for every Grand Final in the BBL’s history, the last two of which they have won.
The Stars are hosting the fixture, courtesy of their win in Perth last Saturday, when their 52 run win, allowed them to climb above the Scorchers into second place on the table, on overall run rate through the qualifying section of the tournament.
That win was vital to the Stars, in that it save them a second trip right across the country inside a week, and they will now play in front of their own fans, who they hope will be a record semi-final attendance, beating the 52,633 that attended the match in Adelaide last summer.
In the 19 fixture that the Stars have played at the venue since that day, they have been victorious in 14. Two of those five losses have however, come this season, with both the Hurricanes and the Renegades taking away the points.
The Stars who look likely to keep the team that were successful in Perth, will have plenty of experience, with seven of the team over the age of 30. However, they will have to make do without star names and game changers Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner, as well as John Hastings and Scott Boland, all of whom have been refused release by Cricket Australia.
Should the Adelaide Strikers slip up in the first semi-final, as unlikely as that seems against the Sydney Thunder, then the winners on Friday will play the Grand Final in their own stadium.
Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers head to head:
Although the sides have met on eight previous occasions, and recorded four wins each, the Scorchers have not secured victory at the MCG since BBL01.
Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers betting tips & predictions
Scorchers to win
Match starts at 7.40 pm local time (0840 hours GMT) on January 22.