BBL 12, Stars vs Thunder: Preview, Prediction and Fantasy Tips
Melbourne Stars (Source: Twitter)
The points table is all but heated up with some of the best sides facing stiff competition and as things stand Thunder are in do-or-die situation with just one match remaining. With 12 points, they are placed fifth after having won six matches out of 13 with a Net Run Rate that is in a minus state.
On the flip side, the Stars are eliminated given their last position on the table with just 6 points they earned after winning three matches from their thirteen. They would be relying on Joe Clarke, Beau Webster, Thomas Rogers and Adam Zampa whereas Daniel Sams, David Warner, Matthew Gilkes and Oliver Davies would be leading their side Thunder in this clash.
In their last respective encounters, the Melbourne-based side were defeated at the hands of Brisbane Heat and conversely, Sydney Sixers got better off Thunder by a massive margin of 125 runs.
Date and Time: January 25, 01:45 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv
Pitch Report: The pitch is expected to be a good one for batting as the scores suggest 160 could be on the cards. Teams winning the toss could be prompted to bowl first as chasing is relatively easier on this ground. On the weather front, things don't look as promising because there is around 98% chance of rain with the temperature staying at 17 degrees celsius.
Melbourne Stars: Joe Clarke (wk), Thomas Rogers, Campbell Kellaway, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa (c)
Sydney Thunder: Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Blake Nikitaras, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Qadir
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Wicket-keepers: Joe Clarke, Matthew Gilkes
Batters: Hilton Cartwright, Thomas Rogers, Alex Ross, Oliver Davies
All-Rounders: Beau Webster, Daniel Sams
Bowlers: Luke Wood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Green
Captain: Joe Clarke
Vice Captain: Daniel Sams
With some better performances, Thunder are looking like the favourites as they possess a better line-up which could dominate the opposition in this encounter. Hence, Sydney Thunder are likely to win.