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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: WBBL 2020 - Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder - Match 5

Heather Knight
Heather Knight

The 5th match of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 will be played between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the North Sydney Oval, Sydney in Australia.

LIVE - Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder - Match 5

Melbourne Stars' first match of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 ended without a result.

Meg Lanning was the top run-scorer for Melbourne Stars with 51* runs. She made her runs at a strike rate of 102, hitting 6 fours. Mignon du Preez also scored 32 runs from 22 balls.

Their bowlers did not get a chance to bowl in the first match due to rain.

They will be up against Sydney Thunder who finished at 6th place in Women’s Big Bash League 2019. Their first match was washed out.

With bulk entries of Tammy Beaumont, Sammy-Jo Johnson (Heat), Heather Knight and Lauren Smith (Sixers), they certainly have the personnel to make it to the semis this time around.

However, they would miss the services of Lisa Griffith (Sixers) and Rachel Priest (Hurricanes). But runs are like to come from the bat of England stars Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight.

Hannah Darlington, who picked up 16 wickets last year with the best of 3/29, will pair with Knight to form a great combination.

Let's have a look at the squads of both teams: 

Sydney Thunder - Rachael Haynes (c), Tammy Beaumont (wk), Heather Knight, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Anika Learoyd, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson, Rachel Trenaman, Saskia Horley, Lauren Smith, Hannah Darlington, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail

Melbourne Stars - Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Natalie Sciver, Annabel Sutherland, Erin Osborne, Tess Flintoff, Nicole Faltum (wk), Sophie Day, Holly Ferling, Rosemary Mair, Katherine Brunt, Bhavi M Devchand, Alana King, Lucy Cripps, Georgia Gall


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Melbourne Stars

Who will win? – Melbourne Stars

Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars), Heather Knight (Sydney Thunder)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Erin Osborne (Melbourne Stars), Hannah Darlington (Sydney Thunder)

Most Sixes – Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars), Heather Knight (Sydney Thunder)

Player of the Match –  Meg Lanning

Team Scores Batting first – Melbourne Stars 160+, Sydney Thunder 145+

 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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