Man of the Match: Alex Hales
Sydney Thunder’s challenge to end jinx against Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars to win
Sydney Thunder would be looking to end their poor run against the Melbourne Stars as the two sides meet in the 19th game of the Big Bash League 2020-21. Sydney Thunder come into this contest after a massive win against the Melbourne Renegades and has won their last three games which should give them confidence. The Stars on the other hand went down against the Sydney Sixers in a close contest.
Melbourne Stars have defeated the Sydney Thunder in the last five games between the two sides and this is likely to offer them a psychological edge as they head into this game. The Stars had won the earlier game in the season against the Thunder and it remains to be seen if Sydney Thunder is able to overcome this jinx in the next game.
Callum Ferguson’s side has hit top gear with three back to back wins and looking in sublime form with most of their players contributing in their wins. They registered a massive 129 run win in the last game against Melbourne Renegades and shall look to carry this momentum forward. They had lost to the Melbourne Stars in their first game of the season and shall look to even it out here.
Openers Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja are in good form and the side would want a good start from them known Stars’ strong bowling attack. In the middle order Ferguson, Oliver Davies and Daniel Sams have been making their contributions with the bat. The likes of Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew and Chris Green have displayed their hitting abilities so far in the season and make it a very strong batting line-up.
Daniel Sams would need to do well with the new ball along with Adam Milne as Stars are a very strong batting line-up at the top. Tanveer Sangha’s four wicket haul in the last game would have given him lot of confidence. With Chris Green and McAndrew also having bowled well in the last game they will look to continue with this form.
Callum Ferguson (c), Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Oliver Davies, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha
Alex Hales, Ben Cutting, CP Tremain, Sam Billings, Daniel Sams, Christopher Green, Callum Ferguson, Adam Milne, Usman Khawaja, Oliver Davies, Tanveer Sangha
Glenn Maxwell would be upset to have lost the last game against the Sydney Sixers by 1 wicket. They looked all set for a win but weren’t able to bowl out the Sixers’ lower middle order. Maxwell would like his side to put behind that loss and focus on making it two wins against the Sydney Thunder this season.
Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk need to hit form as they haven’t so far looked at their best this season. They need to stitch together a quality opening wicket stand. In Hilton Cartwright and Nick Larkin they have good talent in the middle order. With Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran down the order they have good hitting prowess down the order and these players would look to take on the Thunder bowlers.
Nathan Coulter-Nile and Liam Hatcher are looking in good form with the new ball and the side would expect a good start from them. Billy Stanlake has been expensive and he needs to do well. With Adam Zampa, Zahir Khan and Maxwell in the bowling mix the side has got good firepower in its bowling.
Glenn Maxwell (c), Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan
Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Zahir Khan, Lance Morris, Nic Maddinson, Nicholas Pooran, ADS Fletcher, Glenn Maxwell, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||3.02 k/h||From: ENE||93%|
|03h||21||0 mm.||3.51 k/h||From: E||88%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||5.24 k/h||From: E||59%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||5.22 k/h||From: E||30%|
|12h||16||0 mm.||3 k/h||From: SE||57%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||2.52 k/h||From: SE||91%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||1.92 k/h||From: SE||90%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||2.42 k/h||From: ESE||92%|
There are predictions for rains at Canberra on December 29 and the conditions would be overcast throughout the course of the game. Batting would be difficult here as there would be lot of assistance for the bowlers. The side batting first would need to have a target score of 170 or above to feel comfortable on this track.
Manuka Oval, Canberra is a small venue with the square boundaries being short which allows batsmen to score lots of runs. Fast bowlers have done well here with pace and bounce on offer from the surface. Spinners have to bowl extremely tight lines as mishits can go over the rope at this venue.
The wicket at Canberra can be difficult one to bat on at the start of the innings when there is lot of assistance for the bowlers. The pitch becomes good to bat on in the latter half of the game as we have seen more teams win here batting second. Hence the side that wins the toss here is likely to invite the opponents to bat here.
Sydney Thunder would be charged up at the moment with three wins in a row. They have their batsmen and bowlers in good form and shall look to carry on with this momentum. But they will be up against a team against whom their record has been poor. Melbourne Stars have a star-studded side with good batting firepower to destroy any opponent. This would make them favorites in this game.
Melbourne Stars to win