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Big Bash League 2021-22: Match 7: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder: Preview

By BetBarter Staff

December 9, 2021

Melbourne Stars will be up against Sydney Thunder in match seven of the Big Bash League. Stars are coming off from a humiliating loss against Sydney Sixers, while Thunder managed to beat Brisbane Heat by seven wickets. Stars would be desperate to perform well after the 152-run shellacking they received. Skipper Glenn Maxwell was not pleased by the team’s display and promised the fans better performance in the next game.

Andre Russell has been signed by Stars that definitely will lift the morale of the team. Stars head coach David Hussey is thrilled to have the West Indian all-rounder and feels he could be an X-factor in the team. The 33-year-old will be up against his previous franchise Thunder. 

The Chris Green-led outfit got everything going right for them. The bowling and batting fired in unison, with Daniel Sams and Alex Ross being the chief architects of the victory.

Sams’s three wickets kept Heat down to just 141 and Ross’ superlative unbeaten 61 laid the foundation for an easy run-chase. Thunder have momentum and form ahead of the match against Stars.

Pitch Report

The pitch in Melbourne is a good sporting wicket, with good carry and pace. The ball does not do a lot from the surface thus the batters are likely to dominate.

Probable XIs

Melbourne Stars

Joe Clarke, Peter Nevill (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Andre Russell, Sam Rainbird, Samuel Elliott, Brody Couch, Adam Zampa, Syed Faridoun

Sydney Thunder

Alex Hales, Sam Whiteman, Matthew Gilkes, Sam Billings (WK), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Chris Green (C), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha

Match Details

Match – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder– Match 7

Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Time – 01:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT

Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV