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January 2, 2020
Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars
Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium | Start: 3:40pm (AEDT)
Sydney Thunder – The Thunder have firmed as the biggest surprise packets of the season, whittling away their pre-season price of $10 (the least fancied of all clubs). Shane Bond’s side were again clinical in the New Year’s Eve clash against the Strikers, their 168/5 proving too strong for the home side. And they did it, yet again, with two of their top three firing. Usman Khawaja (63 off 50) and Callum Ferguson (73 off 46) set up the win, continuing a trend of top order dominance for the men in green thus far in BBL09. In every game this season (bar the game called off in Canberra), one of the aforementioned pair or opener Alex Hales has scored at least a half century on the way to setting up a total. In fact, the trio have scored a whopping 77 per cent of the Thunder’s runs. This has then allowed players in the middle order such as Alex Ross to striker big later in the innings.
With the ball, all seven players to send down overs for the Thunder this season are all operating at an economy rate of less than 9 an over. Spin duo Arjun Nair and Chris Green are particularly impressive at less than 7 an over, a combination who will prove vital if finals await.
Melbourne Stars – The Stars were fortunate Duckworth Lewis went their way in the win against the Hurricanes, edging the clash by four runs. It takes them to 3-1 and well inside the top four – a great position to be in this early in the season, and one that has seen them firm as tournament favourites. Banking early wins will allow them flexibility later on in BBL09 to launch a finals assault.
One thing coach David Hussey would wish for going into this clash is a more even spread of run scorers after all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have done most of the side’s heavy lifting thus far. The pair have scored 155 and 128 runs respectively, far more than any other player. More specifically, opener Nic Maddinson and middle-order veteran Ben Dunk need to lift, the pair yet to play an influential role in any of the Star’s four games to date.
Like the Thunder, spinners are leading the way for the Stars and along with the aforementioned all-rounders, are a big reason they are BBL09 favourites as it sits. Sandeep Lamichhane and Adam Zampa are both operating at less than seven an over and play a crucial choking role in the all-important middle overs. Look for them to play a key role at Sydney Showground Stadium.
Betting Analysis – Matches between these two sides were split last season, each claiming a home win each. How the Stars deal with the Thunder’s triple spin threat of Nair, Green and Jono Cook will likely determine the winner here. Expect the Thunder to use spin early against the in-form Stoinis who at times struggles with spin early in his innings. Speaking of the big all-rounder, his form and position as opener makes him a strong top runscorer bet for the Stars while with the ball, Adam Zampa is a constant threat in the middle overs. For the Thunder, top runscorer bets are a toss up between the top three of Hales, Khawaja and Ferguson but look for Hales to bounce back from a failure on New Year’s Eve. With the ball, leading bowler Daniel Sams (nine wickets this season) also remains a shrewd choice in the individual markets.
Head to Head: Sydney Thunder
Top Runs Scorer – Sydney Thunder: Alex Hales
Most Wickets – Sydney Thunder: Daniel Sams
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Stars: Marcus Stoinis
Most Wickets – Melbourne Stars: Adam Zampa