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BBL 2021-22: Match 7: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder: Preview

Andre Russell will be available for Stars

Haris Rauf, Glenn Maxwell
Haris Rauf, Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

Melbourne Stars are set to cross swords with Sydney Thunder in match six of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2021. Stars are coming off from a152 run-loss against Sydney Sixers. The Stars were shot down for just 61 in a tall run-chase of 213. After that hammering, the team has managed to sign Harris Rauf and Andre Russell for the remainder of the tournament.

Russell’s presence will come as a short in the arm for the Stars. The West Indian all-rounder is a crucial contributor with the bat and ball. Meanwhile, Rauf will help solve the team’s death bowling woes. He was seen in good form in the 20-20 World Cup for Pakistan. 

On the other hand, Thunder got off to a good start as they beat Brisbane Heat by seven wickets. Alex Ross scored an unbeaten 61 and finished a tricky run-chase of 141 with relative ease. All-rounder Daniel Sams also performed well and picked three wickets. Overall, the team looks well balanced and will be up for the challenge against Melbourne Stars.

Pitch Report

MCG will play host to the Stars vs Thunder match. The track has not witnessed any high-scoring games in the recent past. Spinners have enjoyed bowling on this surface.

Probable XIs

Melbourne Stars

Joe Clarke, Peter Nevill (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Andre Russell, Sam Rainbird, Samuel Elliott, Brody Couch, Adam Zampa, Syed Faridoun

Sydney Thunder

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

Match Details

Match – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder– Match 7

Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Time – 01:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT

Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV

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