Big Bash League Predictions: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers
January 12, 2020, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers will battle it out in the 34th match of Big Bash League 2019-20 to be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Melbourne Stars will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the league table. Stars managed to beat Renegades in the Melbourne Derby played at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
On the other hand, Sydney Sixers have managed to win three games on the trot and will be looking to maintain their unbeaten streak in the competition. Interim captain Daniel Hughes will be hoping that the side can raise their game with the bat in this contest.
Melbourne Stars performance in Big Bash League:
A few opponents may call it unlucky that Glenn Maxwell wasn’t picked for Australia’s tour to India. He, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Haris Rauf, put in splendid performances in their last game to see Melbourne go top of the league table. With this result, Melbourne Stars have collected 14 points after eight matches played in this year’s competition.
Nick Larkin and Captain Glenn Maxwell put on a 115-run partnership against the Renegades. Glenn Maxwell was the star performer with the bat. He hit 7 sixes in his knock of 83.
Haris Rauf and Nathan Coulter-Nile produced probing spells to restrict Renegades to just 168 for 7 in their 20 overs.
Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane picked up key wickets of Shaun Marsh and Beau Webster and conceded 39 runs in his four overs.
Sydney Sixers performance in Big Bash League:
Sydney Sixers registered a two-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers, courtesy splendid performances from Tom Curran, Josh Hazlewood and James Vince. With this win, Sixers have now climbed to second place in the points table. In the absence of Moises Henriques, the side will be depending on the likes of Josh Phillipe and Daniel Hughes to do the bulk of the scoring.
Tom Curran delivered a match winning knock for Sixers in their last game. He scored 21 to help the side through after they were reduced to 97 for 7, having earlier bowled brilliantly – picking up 4 wickets- to restrict Adelaide to just 135 runs.
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers predicted XI:
Melbourne Stars: Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell, Seb Gotch (wk), Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Lance Morris, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
Sydney Sixers: Josh Philippe (wk), Justin Avendano, Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, Jackson Bird, Ben Dwarshuis, Josh Hazlewood, Lloyd Pope
It will be the third of the five games to be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne during Big Bash League 2019-20.
Both the games have been won by the chasing teams.
Of the 13 T20Is played at the venue, 5 have been won by team batting first, 7 by the team chasing total while one ended in no result.
139 is the average 1st inning score while 131 is the average 2nd inning score.
184/3 is the highest total recorded while even as low as 74 has also been defended at the venue.
3 of the 5 games played at the venue during last season were won by the team batting first.
BBL Match Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers: Predictions
- Marcus Stoinis has scored 331 runs in 8 innings and is leading the BPL 2019-20 batting charts so far. He has been followed by Glenn Maxwell with 311 runs in as many innings.
- Haris Rauf has picked 14 wickets in just 5 games at an average 8.50 and is 2nd in the bowling charts.
- Tom Curran has picked 13 wickets in 8 innings and is Sydney Sixers leading wicket-taker this season so far.
- Melbourne Stars are leading the head to head cashes with 6-4 so far.
- Glenn Maxwell overtook Luke Wright as Melbourne Stars all time leading run-scorer after his 83* runs inning in their last game.