Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions BBL- Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

Adam Zampa
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Both Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder have found some form in the tournament and both are coming with momentum on their side.

Melbourne Stars have won both the last two matches after losing their first two in the Big Bash League 2018/19. Their recent victory came against Melbourne Renegades in the derby clash. Sydney Thunder also won a thrilling last game against Perth Scorchers to take their winning tally to three from five games.

Melbourne Stars included Jonathan Merlo in their playing XI but he did not get to either bat or bowl in the last match. Seb Gotch has also been added to the team in place of Peter Handscomb who has been included in the Australian Test side. Gotch is expected to continue with his services behind the wickets. Sandeep Lamichhane is off to the Bangladesh Premier League and England's Liam Plunkett will take his place.

Marcus Stoinis was promoted in the batting order in the last match and he made full use of it with an unbeaten 78 from 49 balls and backed it up with two wickets. Glenn Maxwell has also played a couple of good knocks. Dwayne Bravo, Scott Boland and Adam Zampa are the key men with the ball.

Jos Buttler has been the biggest strength for Sydney Thunder. Buttler smashed his third half-century in the last match against Sydney Sixers. Callum Ferguson has also shown sparks of brilliance. Daniel Sams had figures of 3-5 in the last encounter between the two teams. Jonathan Cook, Fawad Ahmed and Chris Green will bear the responsibility of the bowling attack.

Other cricket betting sites may have some great odds on Melbourne Stars winning this one but on balance, Sydney Thunder should take this one - let’s now have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.

Melbourne Stars - Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell, Seb Gotch, Dwayne Bravo, Nick Larkin, Evin Gulbis, Adam Zampa, Jackson Coleman, Scott Boland, Michael Beer

Sydney Thunder - Jos Buttler, Shane Watson, Callum Ferguson, Joe Root, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Jonathan Cook, Sam Rainbird, Fawad Ahmed

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Sydney Thunder

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Jos Buttler (Sydney Thunder), Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Fawad Ahmed (Sydney Thunder), Adam Zampa (Melbourne Stars)

Most Sixes – Jos Buttler (Sydney Thunder), Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)

Team Scores Batting First – Sydney Thunder 155+, Melbourne Stars 140+

*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 soon, so stay tuned.

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