Date & Time: Saturday, February 08, 13:45 IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Rain in the radar as BBL gears up for the final
It’s time for the big match of the Big Bash League 2019-20 as Sixers host Stars in the final at SCG. If you are waiting for a cracking contest between the two best sides then put those thoughts to rest. The forecast for the match is not so promising in Sydney even a 5-over the contest seems to be bleak, but hope for the best for some game time in the all-important match of the season. Both sides have faced each other thrice in the season out of which Sixers won twice and Stars once.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same XI of their previous match.
Sydney Sixers Squad:
Josh Philippe(w), James Vince, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques(c), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Melbourne Stars Squad:
Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell(c), Peter Handscomb, Seb Gotch(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf.
SCG hasn’t been an easy hunting ground for batsmen in the season. Apart from a couple of high scoring games, the scores around 140 to 150 has been the norm here. As the radar predicts rain, it’s ideal to load the fantasy team with as many pacers as possible.
After a few low scores at the back end of the tournament, he has bounced back in the Challenger. His knock at the top has put the Stars on the front foot from the word go which continued throughout the match with his partnership with Nick Larkin and with bowlers doing their work. His PPM of 61 makes him the most sought after batsman in today’s match.
The Sixers batting which looked thin at the start of the tournament has turned solid with the return of the run machine. In the 3 matches played in the tour, he has a PPM of 55 and an MDTA of 1. So expect nothing short from the Mr. Consistent in the final.
The Pakistani sensation has done wonders for Stars in the season. He has been the go to man for Maxwell whenever the team needed a wicket. His ability to bowl the crucial overs of the innings with ease makes him the must-have. He has a PPM of 65 and an MDTA of 1.13 in the tour.
He may have been missed in a few matches due to injury but he hasn’t lost the rhythm by any means. If anything to go by, then his performance in the Qualifier is an example of his abilities. He has a PPM of 73.5 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour. In the last five matches at the venue, he has a PPM of 63.4 and an MDTA of 1.