Stars vs Sixers: Match Prediction

Deadline: January 12, 2020 at 1:140 PM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Pitch report

The extra bounce at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has reaped rewards for the wrist-spinners. Against the Renegades, Sandeep Lamichhane and Adam Zampa took 5 wickets between them. To make matters more interesting, the pacers have been able to reverse-swing the ball at the death. Earlier this week, pacer Haris Rauf registered the second hat-trick of the season.

While the bowlers have had their moments, Glenn Maxwell has scores of 40* and 59* at the venue. Expect an even contest between the batsmen and bowlers.

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Fantasy team

We have opted for a fantasy team on the basis of players’ impact, recent performances, and credit points.

You can also check players’ performances in the last 5 matches. Tap on the players’ images to get the data while making your fantasy team.

Wicketkeeper: Josh Philippe

Batsmen: James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell (c), Tom Curran, Marcus Stoinis (vc)

Bowlers: Sandeep Lamichhane, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Haris Rauf, Ben Dwarshuis

NOTE: Pick your fantasy cricket team wisely.

Power players

Despite going for a duck in the previous match, Marcus Stoinis is the highest run-scorer of the season. His role is to keep the scoreboard ticking and launch an attack only when needed, making him the safest bet in fantasy games.

Glenn Maxwell has been the best player this season. Most of his runs have come during a chase and at a rate that only he can attain. He also has 4 wickets to his name.

Haris Rauf‘s bowling figures read 2/20, 5/27, 3/24, 3/23, and 1/25. He has taken only 3 fewer wickets than the highest wicket-taker despite playing as many as 4 matches fewer. You can figure out the impact he has had.

Tom Curran has been instrumental with both bat and ball. He has taken 13 wickets and scored 120 runs with a strike rate of 164.

Highest run-scorers

Marcus Stoinis: Runs 331 | SR 120| 50×2

Glenn Maxwell: Runs 311 | SR 170 | 50×3

Josh Philippe: Runs 264 | SR 128 | 50×2

Daniel Hughes: Runs 185 | SR 130

James Vince: Runs 173 | SR 127

Nick Larkin: Runs 104 | SR 133 | 50×1

Highest wicket-takers

Haris Rauf: Wickets 14 | Economy 5.9

Tom Curran: Wickets 13 | Economy 9.2

Lloyd Pope: Wickets 10 | Economy 7

Ben Dwarshuis: Wickets 10 | Economy 6.9

S Lamichhane: Wickets 8 | Economy 7.7

N Coulter-Nile: Wickets 6 | Economy 7.3

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Match prediction

This is a clash between the top two teams in the points table. Although the Stars boast of a stronger team on paper, the Sixers have a well-balanced lineup.

Given what has happened at the venue thus far, the Stars will look to bowl first and restrict the opposition under 150. Same has been the case with the Sixers: they have chased down targets as many as 4 times this season. Toss, thus, will be crucial.

Probable XIs

Stars: Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Seb Gotch (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchcliffe, Lance Morris, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane

Sixers: Josh Philippe (wk), Justin Avendano, Daniel Hughes (c), James Vince, Jordan Silk/Moises Henriques, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Lloyd Pope

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