The BBL 2021-22 season has begun, with all teams playing their first match. Every team will strive to develop their core playing group, which will provide them with the balance and depth they require from the squad at their disposal.
The Melbourne Stars were defeated in their first match of the Big Bash League 2021-22. Peter Neville leads the Melbourne Stars in run scoring with 18 runs at a strike rate of 128. He’s hit two fours. Hilton Cartwright has also batted 10 times with a strike rate of 111. BL Couch has been Melbourne Stars’ best bowler, picking up two wickets while bowling at an average of 18 and an economy rate of 12.00.
Sydney Thunder won their first Big Bash League 2021-22 match. Alex Ross leads the Sydney Thunder in run scoring with 61 runs at a strike rate of 132. He’s hit seven fours and two sixes. Sam Billings has also scored 44 runs at a 122 percent strike rate. Daniel Sams has been the best bowler for Sydney Thunder, picking up three wickets while bowling at an average of seven and an economy rate of 5.50.
The match will take place on December 10, 2021, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.
Match Details to Note
Match: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, 7th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: December 10, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Team Previews
In the previous game, Melbourne’s stars were bundled out for 61 runs. Glenn Maxwell will be overjoyed with the additions of Andre Russell and Joe Burns to their batting lineup, which also includes Peter Nevill, Joe Clarke, and Hilton Cartwright. Marcus Stoinis’ availability is contingent on his fitness, and he will provide significant depth to their starting XI.
Their bowling unit lacked experience and allowed 213 runs in their previous game. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Qais Ahmed are expected to bolster their bowling attack. To round out the bowling attack, Adam Zampa, Brody Couch, and Samuel Elliot will remain in the playing XI.
Melbourne Stars Squad
Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke (England), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchcliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Tom O’Connell, Sam Rainbird, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Adam Zampa
Predicted XI: Joe Clarke, Peter Nevill (wk), Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Sam Rainbird/Nathan Coulter Nile, Andre Russell, Brody Couch, Adam Zampa, Qais Ahmed
In the midst of a 141-run chase, the Sydney Thunders fell to 32/3 early in the game. Sam Billings (45 runs) and Alex Ross (61 runs) combined for a massive 109-run partnership to propel their team to victory. The all-rounder duo of Daniel Sams and Ben Cutting will provide significant depth to their starting XI.
Gurinder Sandhu, Daniel Sams, and McAndrew, their pace bowling trio, rattled the opposition at regular intervals and finished with combined bowling figures of 12-0-72-7. Tanveer Sangha and Chris Green will lead the team’s spin attack, and they will have a full bowling attack in this match.
Sydney Thunder Squad
Sam Billings (England), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Saqib Mahmood (England), Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Predicted XI: Alex Hales, Sam Whiteman, Matthew Gilkes, Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Chris Green (c), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Toss Prediction
Batting first teams have a 4-1 win-loss record in the matches played so far, and we expect both captains to bat first if they win the toss.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The MCG is a batter-friendly venue, but the massive ground dimensions may aid bowlers in taking wickets. In this match, we can expect a good bat-and-ball battle and average scores of 160-180 runs.
Forecasters predict that Melbourne will have bright and sunny weather on match day, with only a 20% chance of rain. There will be no weather interruptions in this game.
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Match Prediction
Despite losing early wickets, Sydney Thunder made a strong comeback to win the match by 7 wickets. They also have a potent bowling attack that includes a good mix of pace and spin bowlers. The Melbourne Stars have missed the services of their star players in the first few games and will be delighted to welcome them back in this match. They lack experience in pace bowling, which will be a major concern for them this season. And we believe Sydney Thunder will win this game.
Sydney Thunder is the favourite to beat Melbourne Stars at the odds of 1.90.
- The Sydney Thunder have two points from their first game, while the Melbourne Stars have yet to open their account.
- Last season, the Sydney Thunder finished seventh, while the Melbourne Stars were eliminated in the KO final.
- In ten seasons, the Melbourne Stars have yet to win a BBL trophy.