The stars will enter the game with some momentum when they handed the Brisbane Heats a 6-wicket loss in their first encounter.
Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 match 3 will meet Melbourne stars within twenty-four hours of their first game, against the Sydney Thunders at the Manuka Oval. The stars will enter the game with some momentum when they handed the Brisbane Heats a 6-wicket loss, in their first game, courtesy of skipper Glenn Maxwell’s antics.
Pitching first, the Stars did well to restrict their opponents to a below-average total of 125. Coming into the chase, they were hampered early on after they lost three wickets under 6 overs, albeit a 75-run win staying between Maxwell and Cartwright was enough for them to open their account in style in the league.
For them, this could be a fantastic year after they topped the table last year and, despite reaching the final, they succumbed, in the end, to miss the title. On the other hand, there is the Sydney Thunder led by Callum Fergusson, who is expected to put up a tough fight as they have some wonderful T20 specialists in their ranks.
Plot and conditions
A balanced track awaits both sides at the Manuka Oval. Although the last game saw a low scoring game, Maxwell and Cartwright showed that the court had enough for those who were willing to play responsibly. With that said, if the latest game is any indication, extensive assistance will be offered for bowlers.
Game combinations for STA vs THU
Andre Fletcher (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell (C), Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Dilbar Hussain, Billy Stanlake, Liam Hatcher
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum ferguson (C), Alex Ross, Baxter Holt (WK), Ben Cutting, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain, Chris Green, Adam Milne.
Likely results for STA vs. THU
Glenn Maxwell (STA)
Maxwell has done extraordinarily well since he returned to Australia. Despite having a cold IPL, he scored crucial shots and contributed the ball as well in the series of limited overs against India. His 46-run knock in the last game against Heat, which included 3-odd sizes showed that he has managed to translate that form in this tournament as well.
Alex Hales (Thursday)
Alex Hales’ BBL numbers are 32 games, 931 runs with a staggering strike rate of over 140. Having played short form cricket all over the world, it occurs to him that one of the league’s cricket specialists . In the last edition of the BBL, Hales, in 17 innings, scored 576 runs at 38.40 and hit 146.
STA vs THU Head to Head
Played – 13 | STA won – 7 | THU won – 6 |
Transmission details STA vs THU
Match schedules – 4:05 pm local time, 10:35 am IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live broadcast – Sony LIV
The prediction is that Melbourne Stars will win the match