Who Will Win Stars vs Sixers, BBL 2018-19?
After facing defeats in their opening two matches, Melbourne Stars will look to open their account on the points table when they go up against Sydney Sixers. This tenth fixture of the Big Bash League 2018-19 will be played on December 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 7:15 PM local time.
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Saturday's encounter at the SCG between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers saw the side batting first emerge victorious. The pitch seemed to offer more assistance to the bowlers during the second period of play and since a similar surface is expected to be prepared for this game, the team that wins the 'bat flip' here will probably want to bat first again.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars, Big Bash League 2018-19...
Sydney Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYS Team News
Sydney Sixers have named a 12-man squad for this upcoming encounter against Melbourne Stars. Leg-spinner Lloyd Pope does not feature in the squad and he is likely to be replaced by young off-spinner Ben Manenti. The rest of the Sixers' line-up will probably remain unchanged.
SYS Key Players
Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk and skipper Moises Henriques are the biggest hopes with the bat for Sydney Sixers. Hughes and Silk both smashed twin fifties to power their team to victory over Perth Scorchers in their opening game at this ground. The former was also one of their most consistent batsman last year and he is going to be the key man once again. Joe Denly has scored just 14 runs in the two games and the home team will want him to step up. Tom Curran is another important figure in this line-up. The all-rounder is a very capable batsman in addition to being a fine pace bowler as he showed in the last game against Sydney Thunder where he struck a half-century and picked three wickets. Sean Abbott and Steve O'Keefe are the other big threats in this bowling attack. Abbott, who was the best bowler for the Sixers last season, has already bagged four wickets while O'Keefe has taken five.
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Sydney Sixers have won one and lost one out of the two league matches they have played so far and are currently occupying the fifth position on the BBL 08 points table. They began their campaign with a convincing 17-run victory over Perth Scorchers at home before facing a 21-run defeat against cross-city rivals Sydney Thunder in Monday's derby match at the Spotless Stadium. The Sixers did not have a good game with the bat last time as none of their top six batsmen could reach the 20-run mark.
Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing 11
Jack Edwards, Joe Denly, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe (wk), Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti
Melbourne Stars Team News & Playing 11
MLS Team News
Melbourne Stars have made one change to their 13-man squad for this match against Sydney Sixers. They have included Peter Handscomb who has been released from the Australian Test squad. The batsman is set to replace Travis Dean at the top of the order and could even open the batting with Ben Dunk. No further changes are expected in their line-up.
MLS Key Players
Nick Larkin is showing good form. He has scored 73 runs in the two matches and he along with Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis will be the key figures for Melbourne Stars when it comes to batting. Maxwell was the team's most consistent batsman last season and he is coming off a well-made 47 against Hobart Hurricanes. Dwayne Bravo is yet to make a major contribution with both bat and ball and the Stars will be hoping that the West Indian veteran delivers a strong performance against Sydney Sixers. Sandeep Lamichhane has looked the most impressive of the bowlers so far. The young Nepali leg-spinner has taken five wickets in the two games and he could trouble the batsmen at the SCG where spinners generally find good support. Adam Zampa, who bowled well against Sydney Thunder, is also expected to be pretty effective on this surface. Scott Boland will probably be given the new ball and the pacer will look to strike early in the powerplay.
MLS Recent Form
Melbourne Stars have made a disappointing start to their Big Bash campaign, losing their first two league matches against Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes respectively. They are currently lying one place below Sydney Sixers at the sixth spot in the BBL 2018-19 league standings. The Stars have not been up to the mark on the bowling front in both the games – they first allowed the Thunder to post a huge total of 181 at Canberra and then failed to defend a competitive 155 against the Hurricanes at Hobart.
Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing 11
Peter Handscomb, Ben Dunk (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jackson Coleman