The three-time champion Sydney Sixers will face the Melbourne Stars in their first game of the new season on December 5, 2021, at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. Both teams are eager to make their mark in this first BBL|11 match. As of now, both teams have played 16 matches against each other, with the Sydney Sixers winning 9 and the Melbourne Stars winning 7. Both teams appear to be very strong this season, with the addition of a few new players, and are eager to begin the new season.
The Melbourne Stars have power hitters like Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell, and the Sydney Sixers will have Sean Abbot and Jackson Bird with the ball to limit them. This battle will undoubtedly make Sunday’s first game of the BBL|11 exciting.
The match will take place on December 5, 2021, at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars, 1st Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: December 05, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 2:05 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Team Previews
Last year, the Sydney Sixers won the championship after defeating the Perth Scorchers in the final. They also topped the points table last season, with 36 points in their account after winning 9 games out of 14 matches. Sydney Sixers will look to maintain their lead on the points table in BBL11. In the previous season, the Sixers defeated the Melbourne Stars by 1 wicket and 5 wickets, respectively. The previous meeting between these two featured Ben Dwarshuis’ 3 for 27 in 4 overs and Sean Abbots’ 2 for 28.
Chris Jordan’s addition has added strength to the death bowling as well as batting in the lower order. Also, as all-rounders, Tom Curran and Dan Christain will be crucial for the Sixers, as the team will have plenty of options in both departments. The team will be led by Moises Henriques. The overall squad appears to be well balanced in all fields, and they will try to execute their plans well against the Melbourne Stars in this season’s first match.
Sydney Sixers Squad
Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince, Steve O’Keefe
Predicted XI: Josh Philippe(wk), James Vince, Jack Edward, Moises Henriques(c), Daniel Christain, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Nathan Lyon, Sean Abbot, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird
Despite being one of the strongest and most consistent teams in BBL history, the Melbourne Stars have yet to win their first BBL trophy, despite being a three-time runner-up and five-time semi-finalist. They will hope to realise this dream in BBL|11, where they will face the Sydney Sixers in their first match. The Melbourne Stars had a difficult season in 2020, winning only 5 of the 14 games they played. They finished seventh in BBL|10 with 24 points in hand. Furthermore, they lost both games against the Sydney Sixers last season.
They have managed to add some T20 specialists to their squad for the new season. In the middle order, their main attacking duo will be Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell, along with Marcus Stoinis, who will try to put pressure on the opponent’s bowlers in the middle overs. They also have a strong spin attack led by Adam Zampa (15 wickets in the last nine games), who has been a key player for the Stars. The team appears to be prepared to go in search of their first BBL title.
Melbourne Stars Squad
Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Tom O’Connell, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Joe Burns, Sam Rainbird, Joe Clarke, Qais Ahmad (joining after the conclusion of Abu Dhabi T10 League), Sam Elliot, Beau Webster
Predicted XI: Marcus Stoinis, Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Billy Stanlake, Nathen Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa, Sam Rainbird, Liam Hatcher
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Toss Prediction
So far, the stadium has hosted 9 T20Is and numerous T20 domestic games. In the last five matches played here, the team that bowled first won four of them. Because this pitch favours the chasing team, the team that wins the toss should try to chase the target by bowling first here.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground in New South Wales, Australia. The Sydney Sixers play their home games at this venue. The stadium has a seating capacity of 44,000 and has hosted numerous international and domestic matches. The Sydney Sixers play their home games at this venue.
So far, the pitch in Sydney has favoured bowlers while giving batsmen an advantage when chasing the target. Dew is expected to play a significant role. The high and low temperatures are expected to be 21°C and 18°C, respectively.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Match Prediction
The current champions, Sydney Sixers, have a more balanced roster than the Melbourne Stars. They have checked every box in the batting, bowling, and all-rounder departments. The Sixers have a potent bowling attack that has proven to be effective over the years. Though the Stars have been successful in the past, the Sydney Sixers know how to win. The Sydney Sixers will also have a home-field advantage in this first BBL|11 match.
Sydney Sixers is the favourite to beat Melbourne Stars at the odds of 1.75.
- Sydney Sixers dominated the statistics in the last five head-to-head matches, winning all five games in a row against Melbourne Stars.
- James Vince, the Sydney Sixers’ opener, has scored 401 runs in his last ten appearances for this team at an average of 50.13.
- Adam Zampa has been outstanding for the Melbourne Stars, taking 15 wickets in his last nine games.