The extravaganza and thrill of BBL 2019-20 continue with another enthralling encounter as Sydney Sixers lock horns with Melbourne Stars in Match 45 of the tournament.
Melbourne Stars have been in sublime form this season and are currently placed at the top of the table. Stars have a star-studded line-up with many match-winners in their squad. Skipper Glenn Maxwell has also been in phenomenal form this season along with Marcus Stoinis. The Glenn Maxwell-led side, who have gathered 20 points from 11 matches, will be aiming to consolidate their position at the top.
In their previous match against Perth Scorchers, Stars cruised to a 10-run victory after curbing the Mitchell Marsh-led side to 131 runs. Hilton Cartwright emerged as the top performer for Stars as the opener smashed 58 crucial runs to propel his side to a good start. Cartwright was also assisted by cameos of Maxwell and Larkin down the order.
Sydney Sixers are in sublime form in the ongoing BBL as well. Having garnered 13 points from 10 matches, Moises Henriques-led side is second on the table below Melbourne Stars. It’s anticipated to be a nail-biting thriller between the table-toppers, who are equipped with many prolific players in their squad.
Pitch and Conditions
The chasing side will have an advantage at the SCG. The pitch has been fairly decent for batting, but bowlers can extract a lot out of the surface. Both the sides are poised to gather a massive total on the board considering their batting line-up. However, there’s a high chance of rain to intervene in the match. The temperature is expected to hover around 27 degrees Celcius with high levels of humidity, according to Accuweather.
All eyes will be on Josh Philippe to propel Sixers to a flying start. He will be assisted by Daniel Hughes at the top along with James Vince. Sixers’ bowling force will be steered by the likes of Tom Curran and Ben Dwarshius. Youngster Tom Curran has delivered stellar performances for Sixers this season. Skipper Moises Henriques is also expected to lead his side from the front.
Predicted XI: Josh Phillippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (C), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Justin Avendano, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon
Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell will be eager to emerge as the match-winners for Stars. Both the all-rounders have delivered impressive performances for Stars this season. Cartwright also joined the bandwagon and delivered a match-winning performance in his last match. He will be eager to replicate his performance of the previous match. However, Stars will be missing the services of Coulter-Nile, who is rested in place of Coleman.
Predicted XI: Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (C), Seb Gotch(WK), Ben Dunk, Jonathan Merlo, Sandeep Lamichhane, Clint Hinchliffe, Jackson Coleman, Lance Morris.
Probable Top Performers
Josh Philippe – Sydney Sixers | Glenn Maxwell- Melbourne Stars
TV– Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
Online– Sony LIV
Match Timings – 7:40 AM IST; 6:40 PM local time
The prediction is for Melbourne Stars to win the match.
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