The 28th game of the Big Bash League 2019-20 will be played between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.
With five wins in their opening six encounters, Melbourne Stars are at the top of the pile and can do nothing wrong. The Glenn Maxwell-led unit will be looking to further consolidate their position at the top when they take on Sydney Thunder at the MCG on Wednesday. The Stars come into this game on the back of a comprehensive eight-wicket win over the Renegades in the Melbourne derby.
The win was spearheaded by an all-round bowling performance led by Dale Steyn’s opening burst of 2-16 backed by the spin duo of Adam Zampa (2-19) and Sandeep Lamichhane (3-26), who claimed five wickets between them to restrict the defending champions to 9-142; a target that was chased down with ease thanks to Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten 55-ball 68 and Glenn Maxwells’s 32-ball 40.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, has lost back-to-back encounters, putting their campaign in a mid-season crisis. Their losing streak started against Stars when the duo of Nick Larkin (65) and Marcus Stoinis (58) successfully overhauled their total of 143. That loss was followed by another 16-run defeat at the hands of Brisbane Heat after they failed to chase down 76 runs in five overs (DLS) in a rain-affected encounter.
Melbourne Stars: Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell(c), Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf, Hilton Cartwright, Clint Hinchliffe
Sydney Thunder: Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson(c), Matthew Gilkes(w), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett, Jonathan Cook, Chris Tremain
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Match Timings: The match starts at 01:40 PM IST (8:10 AM GMT) (7:10 PM Local).
This game can be viewed on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.