Melbourne Stars takes on Sydney Sixers in the 56th match of the ongoing big bash league today at Melbourne cricket club. Melbourne stars are placed in the 7th position of the points table with 5 wins from 13 matches. They need to win remaining matches to keep their chances alive. Though Marcus Stoinis and glen Maxwell are in the top-notch form they are not getting enough support from other batsmen which is their major point of concern. Like their batting, their bowling too let them down on many occasions. Adam Zampa is doing exceptionally well with the ball. He has taken 19 wickets so far in the tournament at the average of 15. Experienced seamers like Billy Stanlake and Nathan Coulter-Nile are yet to fire. Zahir Khan is bowling well in patches but leaking runs at the crucial juncture of the game. So their batting order should put a collective effort and their bowling too needs to come handy to post a threat to in-form and well-balanced Sydney sixers outfit.
Sydney Sixers on another hand are the team to beat this season as they have won 8 out of 13 matches they have played so far. They are currently in the second position in the points table. Like last year josh Philippe is doing a fabulous job with the bat. He has scored around 453 runs so far at the strike rate of 150. Ben Dwarshuis is doing well with the ball as he has picked up 16 wickets at the average of 18. Josh Philippe is getting ample support from James Vince, Daniel Hughes and Moises Henriques. Daniel Christian is taking care of the finishing role. So overall a well-balanced team which has got a handful of in-form players. When it comes to their bowling their foreign recruit Carlos Braithwaite is doing well and he has forged the right partnership with Sean Abbott and Jackson bird. Already qualified for play-offs they might rest few players and might experiment new combination.
Players to watch out for:
Highly rated Tasmanian wicket-keeper batsmen Josh Philippe has carried his form from last season and continues to make deep in roots with his strong batting performance. With Australian colours is on the cards he will look to put up yet another strong performance against relatively weaker Melbourne stars line-up.
Stars captain glen Maxwell has regained his lost form this season but his inconsistency is the major point of concern. Today his performance is crucial for stars to keep their chances alive in the playoff hunt. You can expect him to come up with a good score.
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Traditionally Melbourne pitch suits seamers but this season it offers lots of resistance for spin bowlers. So batting first will be the viable option for the captains who wins the toss.
Expected Playing XI:
Marcus Stoinis, SebGotch, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, NicMaddinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan.
Josh Phillipe, James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshius, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Jackson Bird.
You can expect the cracking encounter between these two sides as both the sides equally match against each other. Considering the team composition and balance you can expect sixers coming better off stars.