Fantasy Cricket Tips, Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers: After four playoff games, the two teams which played the first qualifier are back to play the Final of the 9th season of the BBL. Sydney Sixers got a direct entry to the final as they won the qualifier against the Stars.
On the other hand, the Stars took the longer route to reach the same place. Melbourne Stars who were the first team to qualify for the playoffs had lost all their momentum as they lost four consecutive games before winning the Challenger.
Marcus Stoinis who is the leading run-scorer of the tournament will be the key for the Stars whereas Steve Smith will remain key for the Sixers.
Both these two teams have met three times in this year’s competition with the Sixers winning two of those three. This will be the fourth and the most important encounter between these two teams as the winner will take away the trophy.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Weather Condition
The temperature will hover in the low-20s and mid-20s with a chance of heavy rain on the 8th of February.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Pitch Report
40 T20s have been played at the SCG where there is a clear dominance of the teams batting second who have won 22 and the team batting first have won 17. The average score batting first is 156 whereas the highest score is 209/4 by the Brisbane Heat.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Injury and Availability News
All the Australian players are available for this game.
Probable Playing XIs:
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larin, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell (C), Seb Gotch (WK), Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter Nile, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf
Bench – Hilton Cartwright, Jonathon Merlo, Ben Dunk, Lance Morris, Jackman Coleman, Tom O Connell
Josh Phillippe (WK), James Vince, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques (C), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Sean Abbot, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshius, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Bench – Llyod Pope, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Fallins
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top Picks
The top Australian players are big match players and hence Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis would be the top picks along with the Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf.
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks:
Captain – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis
Vice-Captain – Haris Rauf, Josh Philippe, Adam Zampa
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.1
Keeper – Josh Philippe
Batsmen – Steve Smith (C), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin
All-rounders – Marcus Stoinis (VC), Moises Henriques, Sean Abbot
Bowlers – Adam Zampa, Steve O’Keefe, Haris Rauf
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.2
Keeper – Josh Philippe
Batsmen – Steve Smith, James Vince, Nic Peter Handscomb, Nick Larin
All-rounders – Marcus Stoinis (C), Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques
Bowlers – Haris Rauf (VC), Nathan Coulter Nile, Sean Abbot
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Expert Tips
There is a high chance of rain and in that case, the match might get shortened so the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Moises Henriques become even more dangerous. Players like Steve Smith might take a back seat. Among the bowlers, Haris Rauf and Steve O’Keefe would be the important picks.
It would be very tough to choose between these two but the Stars have been in this position last year and they couldn’t cross the line but this time with some experience they might cross the line and bag the trophy.
The Final of the Big Bash League will take place between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on the 8th of February.
The match starts at 1:45 PM IST (18:15 Local Time). The live streaming of the match will be available on the Sony Liv App.