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Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League 2020-21, Today Match Prediction

12 Dec 2020 | 10:35 | Manuka Oval, Canberra
169/8 in 20.0 8.45 winner
147/9 in 20.0 7.35

Melbourne Stars Vs Sydney Thunder betting odds

MLS

1.58

SYT

2.25

Toss Winner - Melbourne Stars won the toss and chose to bat first

winner Melbourne Stars beat Sydney Thunder by 22 runs

Man of the Match: Adam Zampa

Melbourne Stars have had the edge over Sydney Thunder in recent seasons and they would look to continue that form.

  • Glenn Maxwell is in great form and will be the batsman to watch out for.
  • Sydney Thunder wasn’t at its best last season and would be eager to put in a solid show this time.
  • Expect a low-scoring affair where the chasing side should have the advantage.

Melbourne Stars should emerge as the winners of this clash.

  • Tournament: Big Bash League 2020-21
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
  • Toss: To Bowl

Big Bash League 2020-21

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Melbourne Stars 1 1 0 0 0 4 1.265
Hobart Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 0 3 0.8
Sydney Sixers 1 0 1 0 0 1 -0.8
Sydney Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adelaide Strikers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Melbourne Renegades 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perth Scorchers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brisbane Heat 1 0 1 0 0 0 -1.265
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
4 1.265 1 1 0 0 0
3 0.8 1 1 0 0 0
1 -0.8 1 0 1 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 -1.265 1 0 1 0 0
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mls vs syt Match Prediction & Analysis

Melbourne Stars will be taking on Sydney Thunder in the 3rd match of the Big Bash League 2020-21. The Stars have started the season with a comprehensive win and looked in really good shape. Sydney Thunder, meanwhile, will be playing their first game of the season. The players are likely to be a little rusty but have a good all-round squad that would be keen to express themselves in the very first game. These are early days in the tournament but the Stars have generally had the upper hand against Sydney and will have the advantage in this game too. 

Teams Preview

Melbourne Stars Preview

Melbourne Stars were the team to beat last season and it looked like they would go all the way. But they fell short in the final and would be hoping to go one better this time. They won their first match of the season against Brisbane Heat by 6 wickets after restricting them for just 125. 

Glenn Maxwell will undoubtedly be the player to watch out for this year too for the team. The captain of the Stars has been in sensational form and showed that in the first game with a superb 46 off 26 balls against Brisbane Heat. Hilton Cartwright looks like a solid presence and Andre Fletcher could prove to be a valuable asset at the top too. Then there is Marcus Stoinis who will provide great stability to the batting.  

On the bowling side, the Stars have plenty of options. Billy Stanlake will be leading the pack while Dilbar Hussain will provide able company. Nathan Coulter-Nile showed his class in the last game with an outstanding spell of 4-10 and he along with leg-spinner Adam Zampa, could provide crucial blows in the middle overs.

Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing XI:

Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nick Larkin, Ben Dunk (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Dilbar Hussain

Melbourne Stars Actual Playing XI:

Ben Dunk, ADS Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Dilbar Hussain, Glenn Maxwell, Clint Hinchliffe, N Larkin, Liam Hatcher, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake

Sydney Thunder Preview

Sydney Thunder finished 5th last season and have a lot to play for this time around. They will be looking for a promising start to the tournament and a win against a team that has overpowered them in recent seasons will be a much-needed boost.

The availability of Alex Hales for the entire duration of the tournament is a big boost for Thunder. The attacking English opener will be crucial for the team at the top and he would be hoping to forge some crucial partnerships with Usman Khawaja. Sam Billings is another exciting batsman to watch out for in the middle-order who could provide the necessary boost in the middle overs. Captain Callum Ferguson will also have to lead from the front and provide some stability to a batting lineup that looks frail.

Thunder’s bowling will rely a lot on the form of Adam Milne. The Kiwi pacer can be fast and furious and if he gets his rhythm right, Milne can run through sides. Then there’s Daniel Sams as well who now has some international experience under his belt and would be raring to go.

Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing XI:

Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Sam Billings, Callum Ferguson (C), Daniel Sams, Brendan Doggett, Alex Ross, Chris Tremain, Adam Milne

Sydney Thunder Actual Playing XI:

Alex Hales, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Nathan John McAndrew, Christopher Green, Callum Ferguson, Baxter J Holt, Usman Khawaja, Tanveer Sangha, Jonathan Cook, Alex Ross

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 16 0 mm. 5.21 k/h From: E 57%
03h 19 0 mm. 5.71 k/h From: E 21%
06h 20 0 mm. 5.51 k/h From: E 7%
09h 14 0 mm. 4.29 k/h From: E 1%
12h 11 0 mm. 2.24 k/h From: ESE 13%
15h 10 0 mm. 1.97 k/h From: SSE 38%
18h 11 0 mm. 2.75 k/h From: SE 55%
21h 14 0 mm. 2.92 k/h From: ESE 94%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at the Manuka Oval in Canberra is a little slower than the other venues. The ball moves around a bit in the early half and slows down a little later on. Both seamers and spin bowlers will do well here. Batsmen who are willing to get their eye in have a better chance for success.

The weather for the day of the match is expected to be clear and we should get a full game.
 

Venue Details

The first game of the season at the Manuka Oval was played between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder. It was a low-scoring affair where Sydney managed just 125 on the board and the Stars chased it down in 17.1 overs. Expect another similar contest for this game and the team batting first should be targeting a total of around 140-150 to feel safe.

Toss: To Bowl

The team winning the toss would be looking to bowl first. The wicket at Manuka Oval is a little different than the other venues and chasing would be better, as we saw in the first game of the season here.
 

MLS vs SYT Winning Prediction

In the last 5 matches between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder, the Stars have won 4 matches while Sydney has just clinched one. The Stars have hence had the edge over Sydney and given the strength of their overall squad this time, they will again start as favorites for this clash. Sydney has a good side but they will need to play out of their skins to beat this Stars side. The presence of Glen Maxwell alone gives Melbourne Stars a big advantage and expect them to dominate this contest. 

Melbourne Stars should emerge as the winners of this clash.

Author: Bhavesh B.