Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, Match 3
Match: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder
Date: 12th December 2020
Place (venue): Manuka Oval, Canberra
Tournament: Big Bash League 2020
Sydney Thunder are keen on defeating their rivals, Melbourne Stars.
- Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder have played 17 matches against each other, out of which Stars have won 7 games and Thunder have won 7.
- Out of the last 5 encounters, Stars won 4 matches, while Thunder managed just 1 win which was in the 2018-19 season.
- Melbourne Stars were the runners-up in the BBL 2019 and they defeated Sydney Thunder in the Challenger Final match in the same season.
Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder will lock horns at Manuka Oval in Canberra on 12 December in match 3 of the Big Bash League 2020. This will be the second match for the Melbourne Stars and the first one for the Thunders this season. Both teams went to the knockout stage in the last season and have done well over the years. Thunders would like to start with a win, while the Stars would probably carry the momentum from the first match. A truly interesting contest awaits us.
Melbourne Stars Preview
The four-time semifinalists and 3-time runners-up, Melbourne Stars dominated most of the BBL 2019 season. They topped the points table with 10 wins and reached the final. They lost the rain-affected final match to Sydney Sixers at SCG, which was their second consecutive loss in the BLL finals. Adam Zampa and Haris Rauf took 20 wickets each in the previous season. Rauf is not available this season and is replaced by Dilbar Hussain who is available for the full season. Nicholas Pooran is available for the first six games, while Andre Fletcher will be available for most of the tournament until the playoffs.
The skipper and destructive batsman Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis hold the key to the overall success of Melbourne Stars. The addition of power-hitter Nicolas Pooran can immensely help the side’s chances to go all the way and win the title. In the last two years, Pooran has hit 113 sixes – the third most after Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell.
Marcus Stoinis topped the chart of the most runs in the BBL 2019 with 705 runs in 17 matches, while Nick Larkin scored 226 runs in his last 10 matches. Adam Zampa leads the bowling unit with 10 wickets in the last 10 matches.
Here are the top batsmen and bowlers for Melbourne Stars.
Top Players for MS
Melbourne Stars Probable Playing XI
Glenn Maxwell (C), Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Clint Hinchliffe, Nic Maddinson, Lance Morris, Nicholas Pooran, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.
Sydney Thunder Preview
Sydney Thunders, the champions of the BBL 2015-16 season, played well in the knockout stage of the previous season to reach the Challenger Final match. They first defeated Hobart Hurricanes in the eliminator and then defeated Adelaide Strikers in the qualifier before losing to Melbourne Stars.
Sydney Thunder is the only team to not have been impacted by various Australia squads. Usman Khawaja was overlooked for the Test group, which is a huge plus for Sydney Thunder. Moreover, Alex Hales and Adam Milne are not included in their national teams.
New Zealand’s right-arm fast bowler Adam Milne is the player to watch out for. This is his first game since August 2019 when he suffered an ankle stress fracture. He along with Daniel Sams, Brendon Doggett and Chris Tremain form a very good bowling attack. Sams took 16 wickets in the last 10 games, while Jonathan Cook took 8 wickets.
Alex Hales was the top scorer for Sydney Thunder in the last season with 576 runs in 17 matches, second only to Stoinis. Alex Ross played well by scoring 372 runs in 17 T20 games in the previous season.
Key Players for ST:
Sydney Thunder Probable Playing XI:
Callum Ferguson (C), Matt Gilkes (wk), Jonathan Cook, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain.
The venue for this match is Manuka Oval in Canberra. This picturesque ground with a capacity of 13,550 hosted international matches like the World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1992 and the CB Series 2008 match between India and Sri Lanka.
It is a very good batting wicket. Out of 11 T20 matches played here, 5 times the team batting first have won and 5 times the chasing team have succeeded. The average first-innings score here is 151 and the highest total recorded here batting first is 195-3, made by South Africa Women Team against Thailand Women.
Pitch and Weather Report
On the match day, the maximum and minimum temperature would be 20°C and 10 °C respectively, with a wind speed of 17 kph. Still looking at the conditions, batting first seems to be a better option.
Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunders have an equal winning record against each other, but the recent form suggests that Melbourne Stars have an upper hand. Being one of the most consistent teams in the history of the tournament, Melbourne Stars have an advantage over the Thunders.
We predict Melbourne Stars will defeat Sydney Thunder.
Disclaimer: Our match previews are fully researched but as per the nature of the game, anything is possible on the match day. You are advised to decide for yourself when betting on a team. Thanks!