PREVIEW

 

Melbourne Stars are set to host Sydney Sixers for the final league game of the Big Bash League 2018-19. The final league fixture will be played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Both the sides will collide with each other for the second time in this season. Melbourne Stars emerged victorious in that previous encounter by five wickets. Peter Handscomb starred in that game with bat and scored 70(35) to take his side over the line.

Having lost both of their last two games, Melbourne Stars find themselves at a tricky position. This will be a do-or-die situation for the home side. They have to defeat the Sixers in their last league game in order to qualify to the semi-final round. The Stars are currently sitting at the sixth spot with 12 league points to their name. If they emerge victorious in the upcoming match, Melbourne Stars will face Hobart Hurricanes in the final match.

On the contrary, Sydney Sixers are comfortably sitting at the second spot in the league table. They have managed to claim 16 league points from their 13 outings. Sixers won the Sydney derby against the Thunders by 9 wickets in their last match. They would be hoping to beat their opponents in the upcoming match and secure their second spot. Having won their last four games on the trot, Sydney Sixers look to be firm favorites in the upcoming match.

 

Recent Form

 

Sydney Sixers -W, W, W, W, L

Melbourne Stars- L, L, W, W, W

 

Ground Stats T20

 

Total Matches 12
Matches won batting first 5
Matches won bowling first 6
Average 1st Inns scores 139
Average 2nd Inns scores 129
Highest total recorded 184/3 (20 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 74/10 (17.3 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Highest score chased 172/5 (20 Ov) by SL vs AUS
Lowest score defended 127/10 (18.4 Ov) by AUS vs PAK

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Melbourne Stars:

  • They have declared unchanged 13 man squad.

 

Sydney Sixers:

  • They have announced a 13-man with one change.
  • Nathan Lyon can feature in the playing11 to replace Lloyd Pope.

 

SQUADS

 

Melbourne Stars:

Glenn Maxwell (C), Jackson Bird, Dwayne Bravo, Jackson Coleman, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Dan Worrall, Adam Zampa

Sydney Sixers:

Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques, Dan Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

 

Melbourne Stars

  • Ben Dunk(w)
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Glenn Maxwell(c)

 

Sydney Sixers

  • Daniel Hughes
  • Josh Philippe(w)
  • Moises Henriques(c)

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Melbourne Stars:

Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb(w), Glenn Maxwell(c), Nic Maddinson, Seb Gotch, Dwayne Bravo, Jackson Bird, Daniel Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Adam Zampa

Sydney Sixers:

Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe(w), James Vince, Moises Henriques(c), Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve OKeefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope/Nathan Lyon

 

FUNTUSH SAFE XI

FUNTUSH RISKY XI

 

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