In the third fixture of the BBL, the Melbourne Stars will take on the Sydney Thunder. This will be their second game after beating Brisbane Heat just a day earlier.
As the conditions suited their bowling a lot, it was a complete team performance by the Stars in their first game of the season. Their bowling limited the heat to only 120s. However after losing early wickets during the chase, they were in some trouble, but Hilton Cartwright and Captain Glenn Maxwell ensured that they comfortably obtained the winning points. They’re going to go with the same XI overall, and they’re going to be looking to get two wins in a row at the Manuka Oval.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, is playing its maiden game of the season. One of the first teams to get their squad straight up was the Thunders. They finished 3rd last season and rebuilt their team with new acquisitions such as Ben Cutting, New Zealand international Adam Milne and English superstar Sam Billings.
Their marquee stars will continue to be Alex Hales and Daniel Sams. In the absence of Billings for the initial rounds, they had a reasonably experienced top order, followed by an inexperienced middle order. Overall, with the determination to lead off their campaign with a victory, they have a healthy balance of experience and youth.
It will be another sunny day in Canberra. With zero chances of rain during the match time, the temperatures will hover about 21-18 degrees Celsius.
The game on Friday between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat gave the bowlers a lot of support. Some lousy decision making from the batsmen also helped them.
There are runs on offer on the Manuka Oval pitch, as Glenn Maxwell showed during the game. On Saturday, fans should be in for quite a battle between bat and ball.
Glenn Maxwell (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Billy Stanlake, Clint Hinchcliffe, Adam Zampa, Dilbar Hussain
Callum Ferguson (c), Baxter Holt (wk), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Adam Milne, Chris Green, Chris Tremain
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Dream 11:
Alex Hales (c), Baxter Holt (wk), Callum Ferguson, Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Adam Milne
With a dominant victory over the Brisbane Heat in their season opener, the Melbourne Stars showed their class. With momentum and form on their side, they will go into this game.
As Sydney Thunder haven’t played in the tournament yet, they may be a little green. Still, They have the consistency to make the game a tough contest.
Let’s back Melbourne Stars to get another win in the third match of BBL with BAJI now!