Date & Time: Thursday, January 02, 10:10 IST
Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Thunder (THU) vs Melbourne Stars (STA)
Sydney Thunder hopes to continue the momentum at their new home
The Sydney Showground Stadium gears up for its first match of BBL 2019-20, and it will be the home venue for Thunder in the season. Thunder which is at the top of the table with 3 wins from 5 matches will host the stars who are at No.3 in the table with 6 points. Both the teams have lost only a game in the season and that too only by a close margin.
Callum Ferguson is the top-rated batsman of the match with a PPM of 75 in the tour. The Thunder opener, Usman Khawaja is next with a PPM of 56 in the tour. Peter Handscomb and Alex Hales are also two worthy batsmen with a PPM in the ’40s in the tour.
All-rounders are key to both sides as that’s where a team’s strength lies. Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams all have PPM in ’50s in the tour.
In the bowling, Arun Nair is way above everyone else with a PPM of 50 in the tour. Adam Zampa and Cameron Green are next in the pecking order with a PPM of 43 & 42 respectively in the tour. Dale and Nathan Coulter Nile are not too far away with their PPM at 41.
Sandeep Lamichhane’s injury ruled him out of the Thunder’s clash on Thursday. That means H Rauf, who has been impressive in the first two games of the season is likely to replace him for the stars. The Thunder on the flip side is likely to go with an unchanged XI.
This is only the third match being played at the Sydney Showground Stadium to date. The last two matches way back in 2015 edition proved to be sporting enough by offering something for everyone. So expect the same for the first match of Thunders’ new home of the season.
He is in phenomenal form so far in the season, so it’s important for fantasy users to take advantage of it. In the four matches played, he has scored 3 half-centuries. Adding to his present form his past record against the opposition bowlers makes him the most sought after player in the Dream11 fantasy team.
He may have been forced to remodel his action of the past BBL, but that didn’t seem to have any effect on his performance with the ball. In the four matches that he’s played, apart from a match, he has chipped in with a couple of wickets every match. His wicket-taking ability in the middle overs has proved to be vital for Thunder in the tour.
He might have to make way from the XI with the return of Steyn in the past two games but that was a harsh call on him, given his decent performance. Now with being back in the 13- men squad there is every chance he will continue his great form in the tour. He has PPM of 100 in the two matches played in the tour.
He is making the most use of his good form in the tour. In the last match, he may not have had much to do it with an easy win, but prior to that he has been a top performer for the side. His PPM of 61 and MDTA of 1.33 makes him a must-have in this match.
He might have missed the first two games of the tour, but since he has featured in the XI he has neither let down his team nor fantasy players. He has picked a couple of wickets in the two matches played. He has PPM of 50 and MDTA of 1.37 in the tour.