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Melbourne Stars will welcome the Sydney Thunder for the 56th match of the ongoing BBL edition at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday, January 25. The Melbourne-based side have been one of the worst sides in the competition and are placed at the bottom of the points table with just three wins to their name in 13 matches.
Meanwhile, their opponents, Sydney Thunder, are having a topsy-turvy season and are entangled in an exciting race to finish in the top four places. They head into the fixture after yet another horrendous batting display in the previous encounter against the high-flying Sydney Sixers.
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Date & Time: January 25, 1:45 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and SonyLiv
The surface at the MCG provides ample opportunities for both the batters and bowlers, however, the chasing team has won the last three matches at this venue. The team winning the toss would be inclined to bowl first at the venue in hopes of capitalizing on the early movement on offer for the new ball bowlers.
Predicted Playing XIs for STA vs THU
Melbourne Stars (STA):
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)
Sydney Thunder (THU):
Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Blake Nikitaras, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Qadir
Probable Best Performers from STA vs THU
Probable best batter: Joe Clarke
Although the Melbourne Stars are enduring a season to forget, young English batter Joe Clarke is having a season to remember. The wicketkeeper-batter has amassed 377 runs in his 13 outings in the tournament this term being the fifth-leading run-getter. He will be looking to climb up the run-scoring charts in the upcoming fixture.
Probable best bowler: Luke Wood
Another Englishman who is reveling in the BBL this season is Yorkshire’s Luke Wood. The left-arm pacer has been prolific with the ball, scalping 19 wickets in just 13 appearances. He is the joint-fourth leading wicket-taker of the tournament and will be looking to add to his tally in the game against the Thunder.
Today’s Match Prediction: Chasing team to win the match
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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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