Cricket Prediction – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder – Challenger – Big Bash League 06.02

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Cricket Match Information:

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder will be playing the Challenger game in Melbourne on Thursday. In the group stage, Melbourne Stars won ten cricket games out of 14 played and finished at the top, whereas Sydney Thunder won six cricket games out of 14 and finished at fifth position. The winner of this cricket game will take on Sydney Sixers in the final. Our prediction expert reckons Sydney Thunder will be coming in with more momentum than Stars in this cricket game.

  • Tournament: Big Bash League
  • Cricket Match format: T20
  • Cricket match time02:10 pm IST
  • Cricket match date06.02.2020
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Weather: Temperature: 26 degrees, Thunderstorms: 24%
  • Team A: Melbourne Stars
  • Team B: Sydney Thunder
  • Team A Captain: Glenn Maxwell
  • Team B Captain: CJ Ferguson

Melbourne Stars

Melbourne Stars are being led by Glenn Maxwell in this season of Big Bash League. Melbourne Stars have always stayed at the top in this tournament.  However, they lost some momentum in the last few group games but are expected to be at their best in the Challenger.

Melbourne Stars have performed brilliantly so far by having players like Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa and Haris Rauf in their squad. However, there has been a problem with their batting in the last few cricket games, as they have tended to rely heavily on Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell for their runs and when those two have failed, their batting has failed.  

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

Here is our prediction of Melbourne Stars’ playing XI:

  • MP Stoinis
  • NCR Larkin
  • GJ Maxwell
  • Nick Maddinson
  • CD Hinchliffe 
  • NM Coulter-Nile
  • Haris Rauf 
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Adam Zampa
  • Dilbar Hussain
  • SE Gotch

Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder are being led by Callum Ferguson in this season. They managed to sneak into the playoffs by winning three consecutive games despite not being at their best in the initial part of the tournament. 

Thunder won their last game against Adelaide Strikers and made their way through to the Challenger. AD Hales scored 59 runs in 35 balls, whereas DR Sams took three wickets and won the match. 

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

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

  • UT Khawaja
  • AD Hales
  • CJ Ferguson
  • AI Ross
  • CH Morris
  • DR Sams
  • AJ Nair
  • JS Lenton
  • JD Cook
  • CP Tremain
  • B Doggett

Expert Prediction: STA vs THU

This is going to be a do-or-die match for both teams as the losing team will be out of the finale race, whereas the winner will go through to the final. Despite topping the group, Stars seem to be bereft of momentum, whereas Thunder look full of confidence at the moment. 

Melbourne Stars are in their first downward slide this season. They are coming into this cricket game with four back-to-back losses. Thunder, on the other hand, are currently oozing with confidence by winning three consecutive crucial games. Every member of their eleven is contributing in one way or the other. Bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, with his pace, and Alex Hales, with his consistency, have helped their side overcome every challenge so far. 

If not for the change in format this year, Sydney Thunder would have not made it to the playoffs. As per the new format, for the first time, the team finishing at the fifth spot got the chance to make it to the finals. With the success of Thunder, this format looks likely to stay in the coming years as well.  

In the last five encounters between the two sides, Melbourne Stars have been the winner on three occasions. However, due to their current form and consecutive wins in crucial games of cricket, our prediction is of a win for Sydney Thunder.  

Astrology Prediction: STA vs THU

The stars and luck have begun to get behind Sydney Thunder and they seem to have left Melbourne Stars at the moment. Hence, our prediction is of their win in this cricket game. 

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? – Sydney Thunder

Top Batsman – Marcus Stoinis (STA), AD Hales (THU)

Top Bowler – Adam Zampa (STA), Chris Morris (THU)

Most Sixes – Marcus Stoinis (STA), AD Hales (THU)

Man of the Match – AD Hales (THU)

Team Scores Batting first – Melbourne Stars (150+), Sydney Thunder (160+)

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Melbourne Stars – 1.66

Sydney Thunder – 2.00

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