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Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars, BBL T20 2021, Today Match Prediction

Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia

213/4 in 20.0

10.65 Team Logo

61/10 in 11.1

5.46
SCORECARD

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

Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Stars by 152 runs

Defending champions Sydney Sixers to face Melbourne Stars in the opening encounter of BBL|11

  • In the last 5 head to head matches, Sydney Sixers dominated the statistics by winning all 5 games consecutively against Melbourne Stars.
  • Sydney Sixers’ opener James Vince has scored 401 runs in his last 10 appearances for this team at an average of 50.13.
  • Adam Zampa has been phenomenal for Melbourne Stars and has taken 15 wickets in his last 9 matches for them.

We predict that the Sydney Sixers will defeat the Melbourne Stars.

Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia | Toss: To Bowl

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The three-time champions Sydney Sixers will play their first game of the new season against Melbourne Stars on 5th December 2021 at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. Both teams are eager to open their account in this opening encounter of BBL|11. As of now, both teams have played 16 matches against each other from which Sydney Sixers managed to win 9 whereas Melbourne Stars have won 7 matches. Both teams are looking very strong this season as well with the addition of a few new players and are ready to start this new season.

Melbourne Stars have a power hitter like Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and to restrict them, Sydney Sixers will have Sean Abbot and Jackson Bird with the ball in hand. This battle will surely turn Sunday’s first game of the BBL|11 into a thrilling one.

Sydney Sixers Preview

Sydney Sixers won the title last year by defeating Perth Scorchers in the final. They also topped the points in the table of the last season with 36 points in their account in which they won 9 games from 14 matches. Sydney Sixers will be looking to continue their dominance on the points table in BBL11. The Sixers have won both the league matches against Melbourne Stars in the last season by 1 wicket and 5 wickets respectively. Ben Dwarshuis’ 3 for 27 in 4 overs along with Sean Abbots’ 2 for 28 were the key figures in the previous meeting between these two.

The addition of Chris Jordan has provided strength for the death bowling as well as batting in the lower order Also, Tom Curran and Dan Christain, both playing as all-rounders, will be crucial for the Sixers as the team will have plenty of options in both the department. Moises Henriques will lead the team. The overall squad is looking well balanced in all fields and they will try to execute their plans well against Melbourne Stars in this first match of the season.

Key Players: James Vince, Daniel Christain, Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Jordan.

Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing XI:

Josh Philippe(wk), James Vince, Jack Edward, Moises Henriques(c), Daniel Christain, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Nathan Lyon, Sean Abbot, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird.

Sydney Sixers Actual Playing XI:

Chris Jordan, Hayden Kerr, Steve O'Keefe, DT Christian, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Sean Abbott

Melbourne Stars Preview

Melbourne Stars, the 3 times runners-up and 5 times semifinalists, are yet to win their maiden BBL trophy despite being one of the strongest and consistent teams in the BBL history. They will hope to fulfil this dream in BBL|11 where they will play their first match against Sydney Sixers. Melbourne Stars had a tough season in 2020 as they managed to win just 5 games out of 14 they played. With 24 points in hand, they finished in 7th place in BBL|10. Moreover, they lost both matches against the Sydney Sixers last year.

In this new season, they have managed to bring some T20 specialists into their squad. Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell will be their main attacking duo in the middle order along with Marcus Stoinis who will try to put pressure on the opponent’s bowlers in the middle overs. Also, they have a good spin attack which will be led by Adam Zampa (15 wickets in the last 9 games) who has been one of the key players of the Stars. The team looks set and ready to go in their search of the maiden BBL title.

Key Players: Marcus Stonis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathen Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa.
 

Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing XI:

Marcus Stoinis, Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Billy Stanlake, Nathen Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa, Sam Rainbird, Liam Hatcher.

Melbourne Stars Actual Playing XI:

Hilton Cartwright, Sam Rainbird, Samuel Elliott, BJ Webster, Glenn Maxwell, Brody Couch, Syed Faridoun, Peter Nevill, Joe Clarke, Adam Zampa, Nick Larkin

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
18
0.17 mm.
6.91 k/h
From: SE
98%
03h
19
0 mm.
6.93 k/h
From: SE
89%
06h
18
0 mm.
6.29 k/h
From: SE
83%
09h
17
0 mm.
4.6 k/h
From: SE
91%
12h
17
0 mm.
4.42 k/h
From: ESE
91%
15h
17
0 mm.
4.15 k/h
From: ESE
70%
18h
17
0 mm.
3.72 k/h
From: E
85%
21h
18
0 mm.
3.39 k/h
From: E
100%

Weather Conditions

The pitch in Sydney has favoured bowlers so far and has offered an advantage to batsmen while chasing the target. Dew is expected to play a big role. The maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to be  21°C and 18°C respectively.

Venue Details

The game will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground in New South Wales, Australia. This is home ground for Sydney Sixers. The venue has a seating capacity of 44,000 and has conducted many international as well as domestic matches. This ground is home ground for Sydney Sixers.

Toss: To Bowl

The ground has conducted 9 T20Is games so far and many T20 domestic games. In the last 5 matches played here, the team who bowled first managed to win 4 out of those 5. This ground favours the chasing team so the team which will win the toss should try to chase the target by bowling first here.

Current champions Sydney Sixers have a more balanced squad as compared to Melbourne Stars. They have ticked all boxes related to batting, bowling and all rounders' department. The Sixers have a strong bowling attack that has served them well over the years. Though the Stars have been good over the years, Sydney Sixers know how to win. Sydney Sixers will also have a home-ground advantage in this opening encounter on BBL|11.

We predict that the Sydney Sixers will defeat the Melbourne Stars.

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