Big Bash League Predictions 2019: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars
January 2, 2020
Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
The 19th match of the Big Bash League 2019-20 will be played between Big Bash 2019-20 table leader’s Sydney Thunder and 3rd placed Melbourne Stars.
Both Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars are performing well this season and have registered consistent wins. Melbourne Stars lost their only match by a close margin of 4 runs against Adelaide Strikers while Sydney Thunder’s only loss came in the super over tie against the Sydney Sixers. Both teams are vying for the top spot in the points table and a win in this match will take them to the top.
Sydney Thunder’s performance in Big Bash League:
Sydney Thunder came out victorious in a tight finish against Adelaide Strikers in their last game by 4 runs. Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson scored fifties to take their team to a competitive total of 168 runs. Their batting unit has scored runs over 160 consistently this season.
Callum Ferguson was the aggressor in the previous match scoring 73 runs off 43 balls and build a vital partnership with Usman Khawaja. Ferguson has 3 fifties in the four matches so far.
Arjun Nair and Daniel Sams were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets each and controlled the run flow in the crucial middle phase.
Chris Morris held his nerve in the final overs of the tense match to seal the match in his team`s favor. Their bowling unit has never allowed the opposition to chase down the total so far.
Arjun Nair has taken 6 wickets so far this season and has never conceded runs at over 8 RPO in any match. He will be a vital member of their bowling unit in middle overs.
Melbourne Stars performance in Big Bash League:
Melbourne Stars were lucky enough to finish on the winning side in the rain-curtailed shoot-out match last night. Skipper Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are their batting mainstays and have both scored 80+ runs to lead the team to victory in one game each this season.
Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson have come up with crucial runs to build partnerships so far.
Marcus Stoinis has scores of 25, 34 & 81 in the last three matches respectively. He is the leading run-score for their team and strangely he is yet to bowl in this season’s BBL.
Legendary bowler Dale Steyn is looking at his best this year and will look to contribute to the team effectively. Daniel Worell and Nathan Coulter Nile have chipped in with effective overs and crucial wickets whenever the team needed.
The combination of Sandeep Lamichchame and Adam Zampa will make their spin bowling attack arguably the best in the BBL.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Predicted line-up:
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Jonathan Cook
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Ben Dunk, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Dale Steyn, Sandeep Lamichhane
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
It will be the first off five games to be played at Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney during Big Bash League 2019-20.
All the five games played at the venue during last season were won by the team defending the total.
164 was the average first innings score in those 5 games.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars: Today's Match Prediction
- Callum Ferguson has scored 229 runs in 5 games so far is currently leading the Big Bash League 2019-20 batting charts.
- Usman Khawaja is Sydney Thunder’s 2nd highest run getter so far this season – 167 – but is ahead of Melbourne top run scorer Marcus Stoinis – 155.
- Daniel Sams has picked 9 wickets in Big Bash League 2019-20 and is currently 2nd in the bowling chart.
- Callum Ferguson has an average of almost 77 and is currently 3rd in the highest averages by a player.
- Glenn Maxwell has scored 128 runs in 4 innings with a strike rate of 191. He is only behind Chris Lynn in the strike rate charts – player scoring more than 100 runs.