Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Big Bash League 2020-21 - Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder - Match 3
The 3rd match of the Big Bash League 2020-21 will be played between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the Manuka Oval, Canberra in Australia.
Melbourne Stars ended up as runners up in the last season and would want to go one better this time.
Coached by David Hussey, Melbourne Stars welcome Andre Fletcher, Liam Hatcher (Thunder), Nicholas Pooran, Billy Stanlake (Strikers), Will Pucovski, Zahir Khan (Heat) this season. They will be without Peter Handscomb (Hurricanes), Daniel Worrall (Strikers), Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane (Hurricanes).
However, with several key players lost, the squad looks a bit weak on paper. But, the pair of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis can compensate for that, as they did in the last season. Nicholas Pooran and Will Pucovski are their other leading batters.
Billy Stanlake, Adam Zampa and Zahir Khan are the team's top bowlers. In the absence of Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain will try to play the role that his compatriot did last season.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk and Andre Fletcher can be hit or miss, depending on their form.
Sydney Thunder reached the Challenger in the last season but could go no further.
The Thunder welcome Sam Billings, Ben Cutting (Heat), Baxter Holt and Adam Milne. They lose out on Liam Bowe, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Gurinder Sandhu (Sixers).
Sam Billings, who has been a much improved cricketer over the last couple of years, will be an important batsman for the team. Trying to claim back a spot in the Australian team, Usman Khawaja will try to put his best foot forward. Same is the case with English bit-hitter Alex Hales.
Sydney Thunder will have the pace of Adam Milne and the variations of Daniel Sams with the ball. All-rounders Ben Cutting and Chris Green will be the differentiators for the side.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Melbourne Stars - Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher (WI), Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (Pak), Zahir Khan (Afg), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jono Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O'Connell, Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Sydney Thunder - Sam Billings (Eng), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Callum Ferguson, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (Eng), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne (NZ), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Melbourne Stars
Who will win? – Melbourne Stars
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars), Sam Billings (Sydney Thunder)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Adam Zampa (Melbourne Stars), Daniel Sams (Sydney Thunder)
Most Sixes – Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars), Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder)
Player of the Match – Marcus Stoinis
Team Scores Batting first – Melbourne Stars 170+, Sydney Thunder 165+
Match Handicap Melbourne Stars
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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