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Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars, 10th Match BBL 2021/22 – Who Will Win Today’s Match?

12 Dec 2021, Sydney Showground Stadium, Big Bash League 11
Melbourne Stars win by 6 wickets
Home TeamSydney Thunder
Away TeamMelbourne Stars
SeriesBig Bash League 11
UmpiresBen Treloar
Phillip Gillespie
Troy Penman
Match RefereeDavid Gilbert

Sydney Sixers to the BBL 11 @4.33

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Match Prediction – ST vs MS, 10th Match BBL 2021/22 – Who Will Win Today’s Match?

Sydney Thunder will take on Melbourne Stars in the 10th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2021. This will be their second match against each other having recently clashed on December 10.

Although Sydney Thunder began their BBL11 campaign with a comfortable win over Brisbane Heat in their season opener, they failed to sustain the winning momentum. They were rocked back by a loss to Melbourne Stars in their most recent game. Thunder conceded far too many runs on a tricky surface and the lack of substantial contribution from their opening batters made the run-chase complicated. Sydney Thunder will be out for revenge in this reverse fixture.

Melbourne Stars might’ve suffered a humiliating defeat against Sydney Sixers in the first game but they bounced back with an impressive win over Sydney Thunder in the following game. Nick Larkin and Hilton Cartwright were the stars in the previous game and played wonderful knocks in the middle-order while Andre Russell added the finishing touch to take the team to a comfortable position. They then produced a disciplined bowling performance to defend their total by a margin of four runs.

Sydney Thunder are third in the table behind Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers. They have a Net Run Rate of +0.501 while Melbourne Stars are sixth in the table. Stars have three points to their name but they need to improve their Net Run Rate of -3.700.

The head-to-head battle between the two teams is actually a pretty close contest. Melbourne Stars have won nine matches while Sydney Thunder have won seven games. Melbourne Stars have also enjoyed a better record in the last five matches.

Head-to-head record

Wins: Melbourne Stars 9, Sydney Thunder 7

Last 5 matches: Melbourne Stars 4, Sydney Thunder 1

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Who will win today’s match?

Melbourne Stars have shaken off the nerves after the embarrassing loss in the opening game against the defending champions. However, they’ve bounced back with plenty of resolve in the following game against Sydney Thunder. The addition of Andre Russell has helped the side while Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter Nile are now back to their best. They also have T20 stars in Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell and one can expect Melbourne Stars to succeed once again. Our match prediction is therefore a Melboune win

Team News

Sydney Thunder are likely to retain the same squad that took on Brisbane Heat earlier in the campaign.

As mentioned before, Melbourne Stars made excellent additions in West Indies star all-rounder Andre Russell and Pakistani fast bowler Haris Rauf after their opening-match defeat against Sydney Sixers. Although he was expensive with the ball, Russell produced a fine knock lower down the order.

Sam Billings’s performances have been positive for Sydney Thunder. A lot is expected from Alex Hales at the top of the order who’s yet to arrive to the party.

It’s quite obvious that Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Andre Russell and Adam Zampa will be the key players for Melbourne Stars in this game as well. Maxwell and Stoinis haven’t gotten to top gear yet while the likes of Zampa and Russell are also warming up. Melbourne Stars are expected to be a formidable unit soon.

Glenn Maxwell and Andre Russell are two of the most destructive batters in the world especially in the shortest format of the sport. They also add plenty of value with the ball. Sam Billings has performed well in the last two matches for his team and he’s likely to be at his best here as well. Billings would like to better his run rate in this game.

Who will be the best match bowler?

Star spinner Adam Zampa was a crucial member of the Australian team that won the T20 World Cup last month. Zampa has taken just a single wicket in two matches thus far, but there can be no doubts surrounding his quality. The 29-year-old sensationally kept his nerves and defended 11 runs in the final over in the previous game against Sydney Thunder.

Who will win today’s man of the match?

Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Andre Russell are three of the most sought-after all-rounders in T20 cricket. They can take the game away from the opposition at any point.

Who will be the best batsman for Sydney Thunder?

Glenn Maxwell is a giant of T20 cricket and is one of the greatest short-format all-rounders in the world. Maxwell scored 379 runs at a strike rate of 143.56 last season. He had also picked up seven wickets and had a healthy economy rate of 7.66. Although he hasn’t been at his best in BBL11, one can expect him to start firing soon.

Who will be the best batsman for Melbourne Stars?

Sam Billings is the most reliable batter for Melbourne Stars as things stand. He’s their top-scorer with 87 runs from two matches. Billings would like to improve his strike rate of 129 going forward.

Match Scorecard

  • Scorecard
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Alex Hales c Joe Clarke b Brody Couch 28 21 4 1 133.33
    Sam Whiteman c Joe Clarke b Glenn Maxwell 4 7 0 0 57.14
    Matthew Gilkes b Qais Ahmad 7 6 1 0 116.67
    Sam Billings c Nathan Coulter-Nile b Qais Ahmad 9 19 0 0 47.37
    Alex Ross not out 77 49 4 4 157.14
    Daniel Sams c Qais Ahmad b Brody Couch 22 18 1 2 122.22
    Total (20 Ov, RR: 7.55) 151/5
    Nathan Coulter-Nile 4 0 31 0 7.75 0 0
    Adam Zampa 3 0 29 0 9.66 0 0
    Qais Ahmad 4 0 17 2 4.25 1 0
    Glenn Maxwell 1 0 7 1 7 0 0
    Andre Russell 4 0 38 0 9.5 0 0
    Brody Couch 4 0 26 2 6.5 0 0
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Marcus Stoinis c Daniel Sams b Tanveer Sangha 31 30 3 0 103.33
    Joe Clarke c Sam Billings b Nathan McAndrew 0 4 0 0 0
    Nick Larkin c Nathan McAndrew b Ben Cutting 6 11 1 0 54.55
    Glenn Maxwell c Ben Cutting b Tanveer Sangha 40 25 3 2 160
    Andre Russell not out 42 21 1 5 200
    Hilton Cartwright not out 23 13 1 2 176.92
    Total (17.1 Ov, RR: 9.06) 155/4
    Daniel Sams 3 0 36 0 12 1 1
    Gurinder Sandhu 3 0 27 0 9 3 0
    Nathan McAndrew 4 0 37 1 9.25 0 0
    Ben Cutting 2 0 17 1 8.5 0 0
    Tanveer Sangha 4 1 20 2 5 0 0
    Chris Green 1 0 10 0 10 0 0
  • Match Details
  • Home TeamSydney Thunder
    Away TeamMelbourne Stars
    SeriesBig Bash League 11
    UmpiresBen Treloar
    Phillip Gillespie
    Troy Penman
    Match RefereeDavid Gilbert

Team Lineup

Sydney Thunder Melbourne Stars
Alex Hales
Sam Whiteman
Matthew Gilkes
Sam Billings
Alex Ross
Daniel Sams
Ben Cutting
Nathan McAndrew
Chris Green
Gurinder Sandhu
Tanveer Sangha
Marcus Stoinis
Joe Clarke
Nick Larkin
Glenn Maxwell
Hilton Cartwright
Beau Webster
Andre Russell
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Adam Zampa
Qais Ahmad
Brody Couch

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