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. Luke Wood has taken 19 wickets across BBL12 and the left-arm pace bowler is our pick for Melbourne Stars’ top wicket taker on Wednesday.
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. 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.
Only four players have hit more runs than Clarke in the 2022-23 BBL. He is well worth backing to score over 31.5 runs in this clash.
MLS vs SYT Win Probability
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Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder BBL T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips
STA vs THU T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips, BBL 2023
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.
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder T20 Match Live Streaming
TV channels: This match will be shown live on Sky Cricket, FoxTel and the Sony Network.
Live Streaming: Fans can stream the match on Sky Go, FoxTel and Sony Liv.
STA vs THU Match Toss Prediction
With humidity levels set to rise in the second innings of the game, we predict that both teams will want to field first in this match.
STA vs THU, Melbourne Cricket Ground Pitch Report
The average T20 first innings score has remained around 170 over the last few seasons at the MCG. Pace bowlers have had most success across this season at the venue.
Melbourne Weather Report
There is no risk of rain, but there will be increasing humidity as this game progresses in Melbourne. The temperature will be above 20 degrees throughout.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, BBL 2023
Melbourne Stars Team News & Playing 11
STA Team News
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.
STA Key Players
Joe Clarke - The 26 year old has been very consistent for the Stars and is one of three players to have hit a century in BBL 2022-23. Three of his last four scores have been over 30.
Marcus Stoinis - The Australia international marked his return to the side with 36 not out from 23 balls. A fully fit Stoinis for the whole campaign could have made a big difference to the team.
Luke Wood - The English left-arm quick bowler has been expensive throughout the competition but has been a regular wicket taker. He will be keen to sign off with more wickets at the MCG.
STA Team Form
Melbourne Stars have lost six of their last seven games in the tournament and have only won three matches all campaign.
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.
THU Key Players
David Warner - Although he has not made a score of over 26 since coming back from international duty, he remains the batter which other teams fear and the one they most want to dismiss.
Oliver Davies - After a really strong campaign which has brought 325 runs, the 22 year old has made only two runs from the last two innings. His top score in the competition is 65.
Gurinder Sandhu - The fast medium bowling all-rounder has been Sydney Thunder’s key bowler in this campaign and should enjoy the conditions at this venue.
THU Team Form
Although they picked up a win over Melbourne Renegades in Match 47, Sydney Thunder have lost four of their last five matches.
Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing 11
Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Blake Nikitaras, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Nathan McAndrew Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu
MLS vs SYT Team Form in Last Five Matches
MLS : L L L W L
SYT : L W L L L
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Head to Head
Sydney Thunder trail in the overall head to head 10-8 but won their last meeting earlier this season. It was a very entertaining game, Match 1 of BBL12, which saw Thunder win by one wicket from the last ball.
MLS vs SYT Head to Head Stats in T20s
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Betting Odds
The bookies are backing Sydney Thunder to win this final group stage game and give themselves the best possible chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
Who will win Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder T20 Match?
Although Sydney Thunder have had some real lows across this tournament, they have also hit some highs with individual performances. Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, have had precious little to cheer from start to finish.
MLS vs SYT Top Team Batsmen
For Melbourne Stars, Joe Clarke, Marcus Stoinis and Thomas Rogers are our batting picks. Rogers top scored for the Stars with 41 runs from 20 balls at the top of the order against Brisbane Heat on Sunday. Stoinis has hit 23 scores of 50+ in T20 cricket.
David Warner, Oliver Davies and Matthew Gilkes are our batting choices for Sydney Thunder. Gilkes has opened the innings across the tournament and has contributed over 250 runs. Davies has been one of the standout break-through players this year.
Luke Wood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Liam Hatcher are our bowling choices for Melbourne Stars. Coulter-Nile has had a very strong final few games in this campaign with 10 wickets from his last seven matches. Hatcher has chipped in with 11 wickets from his seven appearances this season.
For Sydney Thunder, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Green and Daniel Sams are our bowling tips. Sams was expensive against the Sixers but took 4-18 only two games ago. Green has best figures of 2-15 in BBL12 and is an excellent bowler at dismissing tailenders.
Playing in front of their home fans to end their tournament, we expect Melbourne Stars to put in one of their better performances of the season. For Sydney Thunder, they will know exactly what is required before the game starts, and that clarity of mission may well suit them. Thunder will be looking to David Warner and Oliver Davies to score some big runs but both are capable against this attack. Our prediction is for a Sydney Thunder victory.