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Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, free match prediction 06 Feb 2020

06 Feb 2020 | 14:10 | Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
194/2 (20.0) 00.0
166/8 (20.0) 00.0

winner Melbourne Stars won by 28 runs

Melbourne Stars look for redemption against in-form Sydney Thunder at MCG!

  • Melbourne Stars suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Sydney Sixers in the Qualifier game played at Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Alex Hales, Daniel Sams and Chris Morris put in splendid performances for Sydney Thunder in the Knockout game played on Saturday
  • Sydney Thunder managed to eke out a hard-fought win over Adelaide Strikers in the Knockout game played at Adelaide Oval

Sydney Thunder to beat Melbourne Stars and qualify for the BBL finals!

  • Tournament: BIG BASH LEAGUE 2019-20
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
  • Toss: To Bat

BIG BASH LEAGUE 2019-20

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Melbourne Stars 14 10 4 0 0 20 0.541
Sydney Sixers 14 9 4 0 1 19 0.269
Adelaide Strikers 14 8 5 0 1 17 0.564
Sydney Thunder 14 6 7 0 1 13 -0.347
Hobart Hurricanes 14 6 7 0 1 13 -0.355
Perth Scorchers 14 6 8 0 0 12 -0.099
Brisbane Heat 14 6 8 0 0 12 -0.237
Melbourne Renegades 14 3 11 0 0 6 -0.348
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
20 0.541 14 10 4 0 0
19 0.269 14 9 4 0 1
17 0.564 14 8 5 0 1
13 -0.347 14 6 7 0 1
13 -0.355 14 6 7 0 1
12 -0.099 14 6 8 0 0
12 -0.237 14 6 8 0 0
6 -0.348 14 3 11 0 0
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Match Preview

Host Melbourne Stars will be looking to redeem themselves when they take on Sydney Thunder in the Knockout game of 2019-20 Big Bash League played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Stars will be keen to make that one final push in this knockout game in order to seal their place in the finals of the competition for the second time. Captain Glenn Maxwell will be looking to field their best combination in a bid to come out on top in this contest.

On the other hand, Sydney Thunder has managed to gain nice momentum at the back end of the competition. Callum Ferguson-led unit has won their last three games in the tournament and will be keen to deliver their best cricket in this game.

In the previous meetings between the two teams, Melbourne Stars have come out on top on both occasions.

Teams Preview

Melbourne Stars Preview

Melbourne Stars will need to bring their A-game to the table if they aim to beat a resurgent unit like Sydney Thunder on Thursday. In the Qualifier game, Stars star-studded batting lineup failed to get going and was dismissed for just 99 runs in 18 overs. Skipper Glenn Maxwell needs to lead from the front and deliver something special with the bat in this game.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis has shown exceptional form with the bat at the top of the innings for Melbourne Stars this season. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the competition with 612 runs in 15 matches at an average of 55.64, which includes one century and five half-centuries to his name. The side will be relying on Stoinis to make a notable contribution with the bat against Sydney Thunder.

Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin and Peter Handscomb will need to contribute with the bat for Stars in this all-important clash. On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Haris Rauf and Adam Zampa to make crucial breakthroughs. Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf has been a standout performer with the ball and has claimed 17 wickets at an economy rate of 6.94.

Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing XI:

Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell (captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Seb Gotch (wk), Clint Hinchliffe, Haris Rauf

Sydney Thunder Preview

In the knockout game, Sydney Thunder registered a close win over Adelaide Strikers, courtesy splendid performances from Alex Hales, Chris Morris and Daniel Sams. With this result, Thunder will feel that they have an excellent opportunity to beat Stars and set up a final clash with city rivals Sydney Sixers.

Opener Alex Hales was the standout performer with the bat for Sydney Thunder in the game played against Adelaide Strikers.  He played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 59 runs off 35 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes. He is currently a franchise leading run-scorer in the competition with 568 runs at an average of 40.57.

Besides Alex Hales, Usman Khuwaja, Callum Ferguson and Alex Ross have delivered match-winning performances for Sydney Thunder in this year’s competition. In the previous game, the likes of Khuwaja, Ferguson and Ross failed to make an impact with the bat.

Chris Morris, Arjun Nair and Daniel Sams contributed with crucial scores to help Thunder post a competitive score on the board. Morris chipped in with 21 runs off 14 balls with the help of one four and one six, whereas Nair scored run-a-ball 18 with the help of one six.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Daniel Sams, Chris Morris and Jonathan Cook to early inroads with the new ball. Left-arm medium-pacer Daniel Sams has delivered exceptional performance this season. He is the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 30 wickets at an economy rate of 7.66. Sams is well supported by the likes of Morris and Cook, who have bowled exceptionally well this season.

Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing XI:

Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khuwaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Jay Lenton (wk), Arjun Nair, Brendan Doggett, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 22 0 mm. 7.44 k/h From: SSE 84%
03h 22 0 mm. 6.96 k/h From: SSE 2%
06h 21 0 mm. 6.07 k/h From: S 18%
09h 21 0 mm. 6.71 k/h From: S 71%
12h 21 0 mm. 7.64 k/h From: S 86%
15h 22 0 mm. 8.6 k/h From: S 100%
18h 25 0 mm. 7.95 k/h From: S 93%
21h 25 0.25 mm. 9.53 k/h From: SSW 100%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the knockout game will provide a decent contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is going to be light clouds with a gentle breeze.

Venue Details

Melbourne Stars will take heart from the fact that they have won their last three BBL games against Sydney Thunder.

On the other hand, Sydney Thunder have an excellent record against Melbourne Stars at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Thunder have won four games out of six played against Stars at this venue.

Toss: To Bat

The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and post a competitive score on the board. The last game played at this venue was won by side batting first.

Winning Prediction

Based on the current form, Sydney Thunder will start as favorites to win this knockout game against Melbourne Stars. With likes of Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson and Alex Ross showing excellent form with the bat this season, Thunder will be keen to deliver a clinical batting performance in this game.

On the other hand, Melbourne Stars will need to raise their game with the bat if they aim to upstage Sydney Thunder.

Sydney Thunder to beat Melbourne Stars and qualify for the BBL finals!

Author: Shoaib Z.