BBL 7, Match 30, Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers – Match Predictions
Interestingly these two teams were winless in the tournament until their last games and were in danger of losing their semi-final hopes, but they had positive results last week and they are back in contention now.
Published - Jan 16, 2018 12:58 am | Updated - Jan 16, 2018 3:01 pm
The two teams which are placed at the bottom two positions of the points table are going to face each other in Match 30 of Big Bash League (BBL) 7 tomorrow. Interestingly these two teams Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers were winless in the tournament until their last games and were in danger of losing their semi-final hopes, but they had positive results last week and they are back in contention now. It’s not easy for them to make it to top 4 from here, but if they go on a winning spree and win 5 or 6 wins in a row, they can still do it.
Here’s what we, at CricTracker predict will be the final result:
Scenario 1: Melbourne Stars win the toss
Toss Prediction: Stars decide to bat first
First Innings Prediction: 175-185
Result Prediction: Melbourne Stars win by 25 runs
Scenario 2: Sydney Sixers win the toss
Toss Prediction: Sixers opt to bat first
First Innings Prediction: 150-160
Result Prediction: Melbourne Stars win by 5 wickets
Head to Head Record
Total Matches Played – 6, Melbourne Stars won – 3, Sydney Sixers won – 2, Tie- 1 (Won by Stars in Super Over)
The biggest positive for the Stars in the last game was that their biggest player Kevin Pietersen, who had been struggling to find his flow with the bat, got going and played one of the most watchable knocks of the tournament. The ease with which the big Englishman hit sixes against the spinners showed what pedigree he belongs to.
He was all set for a hundred before he mistimed a pull, probably his first mistimed shot in the game, and was holed out in the deep at the score of 74. However, Glenn Maxwell carried on the good work after Pietersen left as the Aussie right-hander finished the Stars innings in style scoring 31 off just 16 deliveries. These two will be the trump card for the Stars again tomorrow.
Predicted XI: Peter Handscomb, Ben Dunk, Kevin Pietersen, Glenn Maxwell, Seb Gotch, James Faulkner, Evan Gulbis, John Hastings, Jackson Coleman, Daniel Worrall, Daniel Fallins
The Sixers were also at the top of their game in the Sydney Smash as they absolutely dominated their local rivals Thunder and secured a clinical victory by 8 wickets. Nathan Lyon made an impact straightaway as the veteran off-spinner bowled a tight spell and gave away just 24 off his 4 overs besides taking the important wicket of James Vince. Sean Abbott and Moises Henriques bowled well and they managed to restrict the Thunder below 160 on what was a pretty flat batting wicket.
The chase turned out to be quite easy with Daniel Hughes and Joe Denly stitching a 127-run partnership for the first wicket and Nic Maddinson finishing the game off with a 28-run cameo at no. 3. It was a near-perfect performance for the men in Pink and they will want to take the positive momentum into tomorrow’s game as well.
Predicted XI: Joe Denly, Daniel Hughes, Nic Maddinson, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Carlos Brathwaite, Johan Botha, Peter Nevill, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon