In the opening match of BBL 2021-22, three time champions, Sydney Sixers will be up against Melbourne Stars at Sydney Cricket Ground. Both the teams will be eager to start their respective season with a victory.
If we look at history of both these teams, former have managed to win 9 matches, whereas Melbourne Stars have won 7 matches, out of 16 total matches played between both the sides in BBL history. If we look at last 5 head to head clashes between these sides, Sydney Sixers managed to win all those games.
Sydney Sixers won BBL title last year by defeating Perth Scorchers in the final clash. They were also table toppers last year by winning 9 of their 14 matches, claiming 36 points in their account. Last year, Ben Dwarshuis and Sean Abbott were key contributors against Melbourne Stars in their league matches.
Addition of Chris Jordan will definitely boost their death overs bowling and lower order batting. Tom Curran, Dan Christian will be regular all rounders apart from skipper Moises Henriques. Overall their squad is looking balanced and they will look to continue their dominating run over Melbourne Stars.
On the other hand, Melbourne Stars have been most unluckiest side in BBL history. The team have managed to enter five times in semi final round and they remained runner ups three times. They will be hoping to full fill their dream of lifting the trophy this time.
Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are among the big names in the squad and Stars will be hoping that these two remain consistent throughout the season if they are aiming to be champions for the first time. Last year they had a poor season where they finished 7th in points table. Addition of Nicolas Pooran will definitely boost their power hitting.
In the bowling department, Adam Zampa will be leading their spin attack. He has taken 15 wickets in last 9 BBL matches. Nathan Coulter-Nile is expected to lead pace bowling attack for this game.
Tournament – BBL 2021-22
Date – 5th December 2021
Timings – 2:05PM ( IST ), 7:35PM ( LOCAL )
Venue – Sydney Cricket Ground
Format – T20
It will be mostly cloudy in Sydney on match day. The maximum and minimum temperature are expected to be around 21°C and 18°C respectively.
Pitch in Sydney has favoured bowlers during initial overs of the game and has provided help to batsmen while chasing the targets. As it will be a night game, so dew is expected to play it’s part during later half of the game.
BBL 2021-22 Sydney Sixers Squad
James Vince, Jordan Silk, Lloyd Pope, Josh Philippe (WK), Steve O’Keefe, Benjamin Manenti, Nathan Lyon, Hayden Kerr, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Ben Dwarshuis, Tom Curran, Dan Christian, Carlos Braithwaite, Jackson Bird, Sean Abbott.
BBL 2021-22 Melbourne Stars Squad
Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Billy Stanlake, Sam Rainbird, Will Pucovski, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Tom O’Connell, Lance Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin, Clint Hinchliffe, Liam Hatcher, Haris Rauf, Seb Gotch (WK), Andre Fletcher, Dilbar Hussain, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jackson Coleman, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Burns.
Sydney Sixers Probable Playing 11
1. Daniel Hughes 2. Josh Philippe ( WK ) 3. James Vince 4. Moises Henriques ( C ) 5. Jordan Silk 6. Dan Christian 7. Tom Curran 8. Chris Jordan 9. Steve O’Keefe 10. Sean Abbott 11. Lloyd Pope
Melbourne Stars Probable Playing 11
1. Marcus Stoinis 2. Joe Clarke ( WK) 3. Nick Larkin 4. Glenn Maxwell ( C ) 5. Hilton Cartwright 6. Beau Webster 7. Nathan Coulter-Nile 8. Clint Hinchliffe 9. Adam Zampa 10. Sam Rainbird 11. Brody Couch/ Syed Faridoun
SYD vs MLS Probable Best Performing Players For Dream11
Based on Bet 365 odds analysis we have selected some best probable performers for this match. You can make them Captain and Vice Captain in fantasy team also –
1. Glenn Maxwell 2. Marcus Stoinis 3. Clint Hinchliffe 4. Sam Rainbird 5. Sean Abbott 6. Moises Henriques 7. James Vince 8. Steve O’Keefe
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Key Facts
- Last 5 head to head matches between both these sides have been dominated by Sydney Sixers.
- James Vince has scored 401 runs in last 10 matches, he played for Sixers at an average of 50.13.
- Adam Zampa has taken 15 wickets in 9 matches he played for Melbourne Stars
- In 2021, James Vince has scored 1197 runs at an average of 35.21.
- Glenn Maxwell is the highest run scorer between these two sides.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Bet 365 Odds Comparison Case Study
Sydney Sixers are currently placed at 1.77. If we calculate the winning percentage of Sydney Sixers at these odds then it comes out to be 56.49 percent.
On the other hand Melbourne Stars are currently placed at 2.10. If we calculate the winning percentage of Melbourne Stars at these odds then it comes out to be 47.61 percent.
Match Winner Prediction
Although Sydney Sixers have won last five head to head games against Stars but according to our prediction, Melbourne Stars are expected to win the first match of BBL 2021-22.