Analysis for the match.
The final group stage game, Match 55, of the 2022-23 Big Bash League, sees Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday evening. The Stars have six points and will finish bottom of the table. Thunder are currently in the final play-off spot but they may have fallen out by the time this game gets underway. Read on as we preview this match. The game gets underway in Melbourne at 18:45 local time.
The Stars were eliminated a couple of games ago but, to their credit, continued to fight against Brisbane Heat on Sunday. Sydney Thunder are certainly beatable and the Stars should fancy their chances against them.
Sydney Thunder were dismissed for 62, their second worst score of the tournament, in their last game. This means their net-run-rate is very poor and they may need to go for a big win in this match to get through to the play-offs.
Must see point.
1). The Thunder can be awful at times and the Stars have great games sometimes
2). Wood and Clarke can carry the team if they play brilliantly
3). Playing at the MCG should give Melbourne a small bit of assistance
Head to Head matches.
Overall Matches - 18
MLS won - 10
SYT won - 8
Last five Head to Heads.
MLS won - 3
SYT won - 2
Match Prediction: Chasing team to win the match.
1). If MLS won the toss and opted to bowl first, SYT could score 140-160 runs.
2). If SYT won the toss and opted to bowl first, MLS could score 150-170 runs.
1). Joe Clarke total runs - Over 22.5 runs
Joe Clarke has hit 377 runs across the tournament and the English keeper-batter is well worth backing as Melbourne Stars’ highest run scorer against Sydney Thunder.
2). David Warner total runs - over 21.5 runs.
With 101 T20 scores of over 50 (eight centuries and 93 half-centuries), David Warner is our tip for Sydney Thunder’s highest run scorer in this game.
3). Gurinder Sandhu total wickets - over 1.5
With the ball, Gurinder Sandhu came back into the team and took two wickets in the Sydney derby. The pace bowler is a strong choice for Sydney Thunder’s top wicket taker against Melbourne Stars.
The Stars have played fairly well in recent matches, but just can’t get the wins. However, somehow we feel that Melbourne could ruin Sydney’s chances and get a victory here.
Marcus Stoinis is back and he always has the chance to score big, and Joe Clarke (377 total runs) is the biggest batting threat on the side. Plus, there’s occasionally good help from Hilton Cartwright and Thomas Rogers, so it’s never good to take it easy against the Stars.
The bowling is a bit iffy at times, as Zampa usually gets thumped around the ground, but Luke Wood (19 total wickets) was great versus the Heat with 2/38. If Wood has a game such as 3/30, then Melbourne has a chance.
The Thunder have had two awful games this season: One was this recent loss to the Sixers by only scoring 62 runs, and the other was at the start of the campaign when the team lost to the Strikers by only making 15 runs!
David Warner has been pretty poor during the four games in the BBL, as he has only made 61 runs and hasn’t looked like the same cricketer as he did in the Test series against South Africa.
Oliver Davies has been the lone star for the team with 325 runs, although he picked up a duck and only two runs in his last two matches. Matthew Gilkes has been somewhat helpful lately, but even if this Thunder team makes the playoffs, there’s no way they’re reaching the Finals.
It might not matter much, but David Warner won’t be available due to Australia Test commitments.
Time - Jan 25th, 01:45 pm, IST.
Venue - Melbourne Cricket Ground - Melbourne, Australia
The MCG is typically a solid venue for both batters and bowlers, as the bounce is great for pace bowlers but this can aid the batters looking to find the boundaries.
There were two changes for Melbourne Stars ahead of their last game. Clint Hinchcliffe and James Seymour were left out with 20 year old Campbell Kellaway coming back in for his first appearance since Match 31. There was also a welcome return for Marcus Stoinis who had recovered from a hamstring injury.Melbourne Stars have lost six of their last seven games in the tournament and have only won three matches all campaign.
Possible XI - Joe Clarke (wk), Thomas Rogers, Campbell Kellaway, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa (c)
Ahead of the Sydney derby on Saturday, there was a welcome return to the Sydney Thunder team for Gurinder Sandhu who had been out with a calf injury since December 29th. He took the place of Brendan Doggett with Joel Davies also coming into the team in place of Nathan McAndrew.Although they picked up a win over Melbourne Renegades in Match 47, Sydney Thunder have lost four of their last five matches.
Possible XI - Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Blake Nikitaras, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Qadir