STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction & Player Stats: 3rd Match | BBL 2020-21

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Hello and welcome to our STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction, Probable Playing XI, and Fantasy Cricket Tips. Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder will clash against each other in the 3rd match of the Big Bash League 2020-21 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.

Melbourne Stars:

The Melbourne Stars had a perfect start to the tournament as they won their first match comfortably by 6 wickets.

The bowlers performed brilliantly by restricting the opposition to a total of just 125 runs. Nathan Coulter-Nile was brilliant in how he performed as he picked up 4 wickets and was also awarded Man of the Match. The other bowlers like Dilbar Hussain and Adam Zampa also bowled well, restricting the flow of runs.

Marcus Stoinis, who was expected to play a big inning, got out on the match’s first ball. They lost some early wickets and looked to be in trouble, but skipper Maxwell came to their rescue and scored 46 runs from just 26 balls and took away the opposition’s match.

Stars would want to continue their winning momentum, but it won’t be easy against Thunder as it was in their first match.

Sydney Thunder:

The Sydney Thunder have a title to their name in the 5th season, but they have struggled to even qualify for playoffs in all the other seasons except for that season. In the last season, they somehow managed to qualify for the Challenger match. 

The right-handed batsman Callum Ferguson will be leading the side and generally bats at No.3. Some outstanding batsmen like Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales, who are excellent hitters of the ball, and Alex Hales impressed everyone with his batting last season.

They have perfect all-rounders such as Daniel Sams, the leading wicket-taker in the last season, and with the addition of Ben Cutting into the squad this year, the team looks even stronger.

The spin department is also covered up with players like Chris Green and Jonathan Cook. On the whole, we can say that they have got players who can give tough competition to the Stars and it is even possible that they could also win the match.

STA vs THU Match Details

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, 3rd Match, Big Bash League 2020-21.

Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra.

Date: 12th December 2020

Time: 10:35 AM IST

Live Score

STA vs THU Head-to-Head Records

Matches Played: 13

STA Won: 7

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HEA Won: 6

Tied: 0

No Result: 0

Pitch Conditions

Average 1st innings score: 125 (From one completed game at this venue so far in this season)

Average 2nd innings score: 129 (From one completed game at this venue so far in this season)

The wicket at Manuka Oval is generally considered to be good for batting, and wrist spinners tend to get help from the pitch. But in the last match, we saw that bowlers had the upper hand and batsmen struggle to scored runs.

One out of the One match has been won by the team batting second.

Weather Forecast

The weather will be clear skies with no chance of rain on the match day.

STA vs THU Dream11 Team News


  • Stars are likely to go with the same playing XI.


  • Thunder have announced a 17-man squad for the match.

Probable Playing XI

Melbourne Stars:

Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk (wk), Glenn Maxwell (C), Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Dilbar Hussain.

Bench: Seb Gotch (wk), Liam Hatcher, Tom O’Connell.

Sydney Thunder:

Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Arjun Nair, Matt Gilkes, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Chris Tremain.

Bench: Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Tanveer Sangha, Jonathan Cook.

Top Picks for STA vs THU Dream11 Team

Melbourne Stars:

Marcus Stoinis:

(1 M, 0 R, 0 A)

He is a batting all-rounder and can also bowl a few overs of medium pace. Stoinis was out for a duck in the last match.

Glenn Maxwell:

(1 M, 46 R, 46 A + 3 O, 0 W)

Maxwell is a batting all-rounder known for his ability to play big shots and has a strike-rate of over 150. He can also bowl a few overs of spin if required. Maxwell scored 46 runs from just 26 balls and went wicketless in the last match.

Nathan Coulter-Nile:

(1 M, 3.5 O, 4 W)

Coulter-Nile is a bowling all-rounder and can also be quite handy with the bat down the order. In the last match, he picked up 4 wickets for just 10 runs.

Hilton Cartwright:

(1 M, 46 R, 46 A)

He bats at No.3 and is a good striker of the ball. Cartwright played well and scored 46* runs in the last match.

Adam Zampa:

(1 M, 4 O, 0 W)

He is a right-arm leg-break bowler and bowls brilliantly in the middle overs, and pick up wickets at a crucial time. Zampa bowled well but went wicketless in the last match.

Dilbar Hussain:

(1 M, 4 O, 2 W)

He is a right-arm fast bowler and is good a picking up wickets. In the last match, he picked up 2 wickets for 25 runs.

Andre Fletcher:

(1 M, 12 R, 12 A + 2 O, 0 W)

He opens the innings along with Stoinis and can play big shots from the start of the innings. Fletcher scored 12 runs and went wicketless in the last match.

Ben Dunk:

(1 M, 6 R, 6 A)

He is a wicket-keeper batsman and generally bats in the middle-order. Dunk scored only 6 runs in the last match.

Sydney Thunder:

Alex Hales:

(32 M, 931 R, 31.03 A)

He is an excellent striker of the ball and can play big shots right from the innings’ start. In the last season, Hales batted brilliantly, scoring 576 runs from 17 innings.

Callum Ferguson:

(72 M, 1530 R, 25.50 A)

Skipper Ferguson is one of the most experienced players in the squad and generally plays according to the match’s situation. He performed decently in the last season scoring 376 runs from 17 innings.

Usman Khawaja:

(42 M, 1380 R, 37.30 A)

He is a left-handed batsman and generally opens the innings for the team. Khawaja performed well but was not up to the mark as he scored 388 runs in the last season.

Ben Cutting:

(79 M, 1199 R, 21.80 A + 215.3 O, 63 W)

He is an all-rounder and is equally good with both bat and ball. Cutting scored 217 runs and picked up 11 wickets in the last season.

Daniel Sams:

(36 M, 231 R, 8.56 A + 117.2 O, 52 W)

He is a left-arm medium-fast bowler and can be handy with the bat down the order. In the last season, Sams picked up 30 wickets and was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.

Adam Milne:

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He is right-arm fast bowler. Milne has played 21 T20I matches and 40 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand claiming 66 wickets across the two formats. He averages 22.32 runs per wicket in T20 cricket.

Chris Green:

(48 M, 351 R, 18.47 A + 143 O, 33 W)

He is a right-arm off-spin bowler and can also play a quick inning down the order. Green did not perform well, scoring only 30 runs and picking up only 3 wickets in the last season.

STA vs THU Dream11 Team Prediction

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STA vs THU Dream11 Team 3rd Match BBL 2020-21
STA vs THU Dream11 Team 3rd Match BBL 2020-21

Captain/Vice-Captain Choices

  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Ben Cutting
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Alex Hales

Also read: REN vs SCO Dream11 Prediction and Match Preview: 4th Match | BBL 2020-21

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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