Melbourne Stars (STA) will lock horns with Adelaide Strikers (STR) in match 44 of the Big Bash League 2021-22 season at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday, January 10. The match will start at 1:45 PM IST.

STA vs STR Dream11 prediction

Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers, who occupy the bottom two spots on the BBL 2021-22 points table, will meet for the first time this season after their reverse fixture was postponed due to COVID-19.

While the Strikers may have just two wins this term, they will start as slight favourites against Melbourne Stars on account of the head-to-head record in the last five meetings. While STA have won two meetings, STR have won three games in a row between 2019 and 2021.

Furthermore, with as many as three players in the list for leading runscorers and wicket-takers, Adelaide Strikers are well-placed to get the better of an inconsistent Melbourne Stars on Monday.

STA vs STR Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Hilton Cartwright is favoured as the top batter for fantasy cricket players in this game, and will be banked upon to guide a struggling Melbourne Stars to victory. The middle-order batter is STA's top scorer this term with 256 runs at an average of 36.57, and seems poised for a big knock against Adelaide Strikers.

Top tip: Best bowler

It certainly will be a smart move to draft seasoned Australian pacer Peter Siddle into your fantasy team as he’s the top-rated bowler for the STA vs STR fixture. The 35-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down as he has bagged 16 wickets at an economy of 9.40 in BBL 2021-22. Siddle - with 26 wickets across all formats at the MCG - will look to spell trouble for the Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Among all-rounders, Matthew Short is well-placed to appease fantasy cricket players. The Australian all-rounder - with 507 fantasy points to his name - has aggregated 257 runs and two wickets so far and is fancied by onlookers to wreak havoc in the powerplay overs.

Joe Clarke qualifies as a smart wicket-keeping pick for this contest. The Australian wicket-keeper has accounted for more runs (203) than his opposite number Harry Nielsen (116) but is slightly behind in terms of dismissals (Nielsen - 6, Clarke - 4). With 333 fantasy points to his name, Joe Clarke appears confident of forking out a match-winning performance on Monday.

STA vs STR probable playing XI

STA playing XI (probable): Travis Dean, Justin Avendano, Charlie Wakim, Glenn Maxwell (captain), Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke (wicket-keeper), Tom O'Connell, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch, Haris Rauf, Ahmed Daniyal

STR playing XI (probable): Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Harry Nielsen (wicket-keeper), Thomas Kelly, Rashid Khan, Harry Conway, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle (captain), Liam Scott, Daniel Worrall 

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