Melbourne Stars will lock horns with Sydney Sixers in match 13 of the Big Bash League (BBL). Stars are placed third on the points table with seven points. Sixers are placed above them with the same number of points, but they have a better net run rate. It will be a fascinating contest, considering the firepower and match winners both the team possesses.
The Stars are coming off from two back to back wins over Sydney Thunder. The team has bounced back in style after a thrashing against Sydney Sixers in the first game. The batting is looking good with Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell and Hilton Cartwright performing well in the previous games. The bowling has complemented the batters well by restricting oppositions to par scores.
Meanwhile, the Sixers are coming off a 44-run loss against Hobart Hurricanes. It was a rare failure for the franchise, who were excellent in the two wins against Stars and Hurricanes. The Moises Henriques-led are expected to make a strong comeback though. Tom Curran and Josh Philippe have been outstanding for them with bat and ball respectively. James Vince too found some form in the last game against the Hurricanes and that should be a good sign for the Sixers.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will play host to the Stars vs Sixers contest. In the first game against Thunder, the home team posted 165 and defended the target by four runs. The pitch is expected to be the same - good for batting but some help for the new ball bowlers in the first six overs.
The average first innings score on this ground is 141
Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Andre Russell, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch
Predicted XI: Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Tom Curran, Hayden Kerr, Chris Jordan, Ben Manenti, Steve OKeefe
Match – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers – Match 13
Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Time – 01:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV