Cricket Prediction Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Big Bash League 08.01

Cricket Match Information:

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder clash is going to be the next cricket game in the Big Bash League. This will be the seventh cricket game for Melbourne Stars, whereas it is going to be the eighth cricket game for Sydney Thunder. Currently on the points table, Melbourne Stars are right at the top of the table, whereas Sydney Thunder are currently placed at the fourth spot. Our prediction is of a close game which will test the temperament of Sydney Thunder.     

  • Tournament: Big Bash League
  • Cricket Match format: T20
  • Cricket match time: 1:40 pm IST
  • Cricket match date: 08.01.2020
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Weather: Pleasant, Temperature: 25 degrees, Thunderstorms: 0% 
  • Team A: Melbourne Stars
  • Team B: Sydney Thunder
  • Team A Captain: Glenn Maxwell 
  • Team B Captain: Calum Ferguson

Melbourne Stars

Melbourne Stars are being led by Glenn Maxwell in this season of Big Bash League. They finished up at the runners-up spot last year after losing the derby against Melbourne Renegades.

Melbourne Stars have once again got off to a great start as they find themselves at the top of the spot after six games. They have so far won five games out of six cricket games. In their last cricket game against Sydney Thunder, they won the game in the last over by three wickets. Marcus Stoinis and NCR Larkin were the heroes with the bat for Stars in the game.

Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game.  

Here is our prediction of Melbourne Stars’ playing XI:

  • NJ Maddinson
  • MP Stoinis
  • NCR Larkin
  • PSP Handscomb
  • GJ Maxwell
  • Haris Rauf
  • BR Dunk
  • CD Hinchliffe
  • A Zampa
  • Sandeep Lamichhane
  • Nathan Couleter-Nile

Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder are being led by Callum Ferguson this season. They are currently placed at the fourth spot with three wins out of seven cricket games and two losses. Their one cricket game was abandoned due to the bush fire against Adelaide Strikers. 

After losing their super over game against Sydney Sixers, Thunder lost their latest cricket game against Melbourne Stars by just three wickets. They would like to put a stop to the string of losses sooner than later. Their batting has been largely firing with some good batting from Usman Khawaja, skipper Calum Ferguson and Alex Hales. 

Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game. 

Here is our prediction of Sydney Thunder’s playing XI:

  • Callum Ferguson
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Alex Hales
  • M Gikes
  • AI Ross
  • CH Morris
  • DR Sams
  • CJ Green
  • AJ Nair
  • CP Tremain
  • JD Cook

Expert Prediction: MS vs ST

The ninth season of Big Bash League is underway. Slowly, the tournament has gained momentum and sides have already played a handful of cricket games. The next game is going to be played between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder. This will be the second encounter between these two sides against each other. 

This year, the tournament will be played over a period of 42 days and a total number of five teams will have the chance to qualify for the finals, instead of the usual four teams. 

As per the new format, the teams finishing in the top two will be rewarded for their consistency, unlike in previous seasons. While the winner of the ‘qualifier’ played between the top two teams will reach the final straightaway, the loser will play the ‘challenger’ against the winner of the ‘knockout’ which is going to be played between the side that finished third and winner of the ‘eliminator’.

The Eliminator is a newly introduced knockout feature, which will be played between the teams finishing at number fourth and fifth on the points table. Hence, out of the eight teams, five teams will have a chance to play the final and win the tournament. 

In the last five encounters between Stars and Thunder, Melbourne Stars have been victorious on two occasions, whereas Thunders have been victorious three times.

Our prediction is of a win for Melbourne Stars. They are oozing with confidence right now, whereas Thunder seem to be losing momentum at the wrong time.   


Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will definitely look to bowl first as the T20 game is hugely a chase-friendly format. Hence, irrespective of the conditions, our prediction is that the team winning the toss would like to bowl first. 

Who will win? – Melbourne Stars

Top Batsman – Marcus Stoinis (MS), Calum Ferguson (ST)

Top Bowler – Haris Rauf (MS), DR Sames (ST)

Most Sixes – Marcus Stoinis (MS), Calum Ferguson (ST)

Man of the Match – Marcus Stoinis (MS)

Team Scores Batting first – Melbourne Stars (170+), Sydney Thunder (150+)


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Melbourne Stars – 1.58

Sydney Thunder – 2.15

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