Sydney Thunder will take on Melbourne Stars in match 10 of the Big Bash League (BBL). Thunder are currently placed third on the points table with four points. They have won one and lost one game. Meanwhile, the Stars are placed seventh on the points table, with a win and loss in their to games. However, their net run rate is very bearish. The last time the two teams met, the Stars edged past Thunder by four runs.
It was a thriller of the match, wherein the Stars bowlers held their nerves better. Nathan Coulter-Nile picked two wickets, while leg spinner Adam Zampa kept things tight by giving away just 31 runs to restrict Thunder to 161. The team had the majority of run-chase under their grasp but failed to close the innings. England batter Sam Billings tried hard with a superb knock of 43 but his wicket allowed Stars to come back into the contest. Thunder’s inability to win crunch moments cost them the match.
Stars boast of a stellar batting lineup, with players like Maxwell and Russell at disposal. If they play to their potential, Thunders will find it very hard to beat them.
The match will be played at the Sydney Showground Stadium. The pitch is good for batting and largely remains the same throughout the match.
Predicted XI: Alex Hales, Sam Whiteman, Matthew Gilkes, Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha
Predicted XI: Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Andre Russell, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Head-to-Head
Matches- 15, Sydney Thunder – 7, Melbourne Stars– 8, N/R- 0
At Sydney Showground Stadium
Matches- 3, Sydney Thunder – 1, Melbourne Stars– 2, N/R- 0
Match – Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars – Match 10
Venue – Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
Time – 01:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV