Sydney thunder is all set to host Melbourne stars in the 19th match of the ongoing big bash league at Manuka Oval in Canberra today. After suffering defeat in their opening game against Melbourne stars, Sydney thunder has grouped strongly and have won last three games in succession. Callum Ferguson is leading from the front which 146 runs so far in the tournament. He is the leading run-getter in the tournament as of now. Currently, Sydney Thunder is placed second in the points table with 11 points from 4 games. They have made headlines by defeating Melbourne renegades by 129-runs in their last game. Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Tanveer Sangha have done their roles very well which helped thunder to snatch a historic win. Daniel Sams is in top-notch form with both bat and ball and Adam Milne is inclusion has immediately paid dividends in their last two outings. Overall a well-settled outfit and has covered all the bases. So Sydney thunder will look to move forward in the tournament.
Melbourne stars on another hand have ended their unbeaten run in the tournament by suffering defeat in their last encounter against Sydney sixers. Glenn Maxwell’s side is also a well-balanced unit that has got all the cylinders to fire. So you can expect them to bounce back from the loss. They are currently placed in 4th spot with 10 points in 4 games. Their captain glen Maxwell is leading from the front along with Liam hatcher. They have already beaten Sydney in their opening game so it will give them much-needed confidence to proceed further in the tournament. Marcus Stonis is back in the side and their middle order is bolstered by the presence of West Indian Nicholas Pooran who is made his presence felt with stunning 42 in the last game. Adam Zampa is at his best and Billy Stanlake and Nathan Coulter-Nile need to be more responsible. Because they are up against confident Sydney thunder.
Players to watch out for:
After disappointing IPL the left-hander has a lot of points to prove in Free Cricket Betting Tips BBL. He has managed to do so with a swashbuckling 29-ball 64 against Melbourne Renegades that helped his side emerge as victorious. He is still off-colour when it comes to his bowling. So he will look to put up a strong performance with a ball that will help him to break into the national side.
Already in top-notch form, Nicholas Pooran has immediately made an impact in this last counting. He will look to repeat the same performance that will help him to get much-needed experience to evolve as a proper batsman.
Expected Playing XI:
Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (c), Oliver Davies, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan McAndrew
Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan
The average score at this pitch at Menuka Oval is 152. So you can expect batsmen to take a slight advantage. Chasing has found to be little easier than batting first because 3 out of 5 matches played last season has been won by the teams that chase.
It’s a battle between to heavyweights and you can expect a wonderful match today. Considering the team composition Sydney thunder has got slight upper hand.