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Cricket Match Information:
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars will be the next cricket game of the Big Bash League. Thunder will be playing their sixth cricket game, whereas Melbourne Stars will be playing their fifth game of the tournament. Currently on the points table, Thunder are at the top of the ladder, whereas Stars are placed at the third spot. Our expert prediction is of a high-scoring contest between the top two sides of the tournament.
- Tournament: Big Bash League
- Cricket Match format: T20
- Cricket match time: 10:10 am IST
- Cricket match date: 02.01.2020
- Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium
- Weather: Temperature: 25 degrees, Thunderstorms: 2%
- Team A: Sydney Thunder
- Team B: Melbourne Stars
- Team A Captain: CJ Ferguson
- Team B Captain: Glenn Maxwell
Sydney Thunder are being led by Callum Ferguson in this season. They are currently placed at the third spot with two wins out of four cricket games and one loss. Their one cricket game against Adelaide Strikers was abandoned due to the bush fire.
Their last game against Sydney Sixers ended in a tie and was won eventually by Sixers in the super over. They set 149 runs for Sixers to chase and managed to just about defend it. Then in the super over, Thunder fell short by one run and were left with zero points for all their effort.
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
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.
After getting off to a great start, they suffered from their first loss against Adelaide Strikers. It was a close game which Stars lost by just five runs. Glenn Maxwell once again produced a fantastic performance but it was not enough for Stars on this occasion.
Despite the loss in the previous 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
- HWR Cartwright
- PSP Handscomb
- GJ Maxwell
- Haris Rauf
- BR Dunk
- CD Hinchliffe
- A Zampa
- DJ Worrall
- S Lamichhane
Expert Prediction: ST vs MS
The ninth season of Big Bash League is underway. Two of the most attacking teams of the tournament so far, Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars, will be taking on each other in their next game.
At the tournament level, some changes have been made this year. This year, the Big Bash League 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 cricket games between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars, the result has largely gone Sydney Thunder’s way. Thunder have won the four cricket games out of the five games played. Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, would like to take heart from the fact that they won the most recent encounter between the two sides.
Our prediction is of a victory for Melbourne Stars. Although Thunder have been in terrific form, the Maxwell-led side Stars are looking very dangerous at the moment.
Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will 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 – Usman Khawaja (ST), Glenn Maxwell (MS)
Top Bowler – Chris Morris (ST), Haris Rauf (MS)
Most Sixes – Usman Khawaja (ST), Glenn Maxwell (MS)
Man of the Match – Glenn Maxwell (MS)
Team Scores Batting first – Sydney Thunder (160+), Melbourne Stars (180+)
Our Official Partner Odds for Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars
Sydney Thunder – 1.90
Melbourne Stars – 1.76
*odds may change anytime