STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction | Challenger | BBL 2019-20

STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction & Preview: Challenger, BBL 2019-20

Melbourne Stars will take on Sydney Thunder in the Challenger match of Big Bash League 2019-20 at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne. We will provide STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction, Match Preview, and Probable Playing XI of the match.

These two teams have already played twice against each other this season and Melbourne Stars won both the times.

Melbourne Stars:

Melbourne Stars played brilliantly and finished on the top of the points table by winning 10 out of the 14 matches and with a total of 20 points. They were the 1st team to qualify for playoffs.

In the Qualifier match, bowling first, Stars bowled really well and didn’t give any free runs. All the bowlers were good enough to restrict the opposition from scoring runs. Key bowler Adam Zampa bowled some very good overs. He picked up a wicket in his first over. Pakistani pacer Harris Rauf also bowled really well. Even the picked up a wicket in his first over. Counter Nile and Maxwell also bowled well. Zampa picked up 3 wickets and gave only 21 runs in his 4 overs, Counter Nile, Maxwell, Stoinis and Harris Rauf picked up 1 wicket each. With the overall good bowling performance Stars restricted the opposition to 142 runs.

With 143 to chase, Stars had a very bad start. Early in the innings, leading run-scorer of the league, Marcus Stoinis got out for 5 runs in 3rd over. Stars were not able to steady the innings and hence they lost two more wickets in the next two overs. Top-order failed very badly and the only hope for the Stars was Captain Glenn Maxwell. Even he didn’t last long at the crease.

Not a single batsman scored runs with the bat. As a result, they were bowled out for 99 with 2 overs to spare.

They would be hoping to get back to their winning ways by winning the challenger match and fix their place in the final.

Sydney Thunder:

Sydney Thunder somehow managed to seal their spot at 5th position in the points table by winning 6 out of 14 matches with a total of 13 points (including with a no-result point).

In the knockout match, batting 1st Thunder didn’t start well. They lost the early wicket of in-form batsman Usman Khawaja. Captain Callum Ferguson also failed to impress with the bat. Hard Hitter Alex Hales and Alex Ross steadied the innings. Later Alex Hales got out in Rashid Khan over and the rest of the batsmen were also struggling score runs. Alex Hales 59 runs helped thunder to put 151 on the board with the loss of 7 wickets.

Defending 151 runs, Thunder had a good start. They got a breakthrough in 5th over. Chris Tremain brought the early wicket but was expensive. Key bowlers Jonathan Cook and Chris Morris bowled really well to restrict the batsmen. Both picked up two wickets each. And the leading wicket-taker Daniel Sams once again impressed with the ball. He picked 4 wickets and gave 26 runs in his 4 overs. Good performance with the ball helped Thunders to win over the Strikers and advanced for the Challenger against Stars.

They would be hoping to keep the streak by winning this match against Melbourne Stars and enter the finals.

Match Details

STA vs THU, Challenger, Big Bash League 2019-2020.
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
02:10 PM, 6th February 2020.
Live Score

Pitch Conditions

Average 1st innings score: 163 (In the 6 matches at this venue so far this season)

Average 2nd innings score: 135 (In the 6 games at this venue so far this season)

Record of chasing teams: Won-2, Lost-4.

This pitch is considered to be balanced as it had something both for the bowlers and the batsmen in this season. Not many high scoring matches have been seen here, and there was only one high scoring match in which Stoinis scored 147* runs.

Melbourne Stars have won 4 out of the 6 matches that have been played at this venue in this season.

There are chances of rain on the match day.

Squads

Melbourne Stars:

Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Ben Dunk, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Haris Rauf, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Seb Gotch.

Sydney Thunder:

Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson(c), Matthew Gilkes(wk), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Jonathan Cook, Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett, Chris Tremain.

STA vs THU Dream11 Team News

STA:

  • They have announced an unchanged 13-man squad for Challenger match against Sydney Thunder.

THU:

  • They have also named a 13-man squad for the Challenger.
  • Mathew Gilkes returns to the squad replacing Liam Bowe.

Probable Playing XI

Melbourne Stars:

Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell(c), Seb Gotch(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf.

Bench: Ben Dunk, Dilbar Hussain.

Sydney Thunder:

Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (c), Alex Ross, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett.

Bench: Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew.

Top picks for STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction

STA:

Marcus Stoinis:
He is one of the top all-rounders in the Big Bash League. Stoinis is equally good with both bat and ball. He opens the batting for Melbourne Stars and scored 5 runs and picked up 1 wicket in the previous match and has scored a total of 609 runs so far and is the current leading run-scorer in this season.

Glenn Maxwell:
He is a batting all-rounder but is mostly known for his destructive batting. Maxwell has a wide range of shorts and can smash the bowlers all over the park. He scored 16 runs and picked up 1 wicket in the last match and has scored a total of 389 runs and picked up 8 wickets so far in this season.

Haris Rauf:
He is a right-arm fast bowler and is the leading wicket-taker for Stars. Rauf has played 8 matches this season and missed the last few games due to national duties. He has picked up a total of 17 wickets so far in this season. In the last match, he picked up 1 wicket.

Adam Zampa:
He is a right-arm leg-spin bowler and missed few matches this season due to national duty. Zampa played 10 games this season and has picked up a total of 16 wickets so far. He bowled brilliantly and picked up 3 wickets in the last match.

Nathan Coulter-Nile:
He is an all-rounder and equally good with the bat and ball. Nathan has played 10 matches so far in this season and picked up 8 wickets and scored 50 runs. In the last game, he picked up a wicket.

Peter Handscomb:
He is the wicket-keeper batsman for Melbourne Stars and wasn’t able to play few matches due to national commitments. He has batted in 9 innings this season and has scored 182 runs so far. Peter scored 4 runs in the last match.

THU:

Daniel Sams:
Sams is a bowling all-rounder. He bowls well and picked up 3 wickets in the last match and has picked up 29 wickets so far in this season. He is currently the leading wicket-taker in the big bash league.

Alex Hales:
He is an opening batsman alongside Khawaja and is known for his big-hitting. Once he gets comfortable on the crease, he can smash bowlers all around the park. Hales played brilliantly by scoring 59 runs from 35 balls in the last match and has scored a total of 568 runs so far in this season.

Chris Morris:
The experienced all-rounder bowls at a perfect pace and can hit big shots too. Morris picked up 2 wickets and scored 21 runs from 14 balls in the last match. He has picked up 20 wickets so far in this season.

Usman Khawaja:
This left-handed batsman is a good striker of the ball and plays according to the situation of the innings. He opens the batting for Sydney Thunder and scored 15 runs in the last match and has scored a total of 378 runs so far in this season.

Callum Ferguson:
Skipper Ferguson bats at one down for Sydney Thunder and has been looking out of form recently as he scored just 1 run in the previous match and has scored a total of 369 runs so far in this season.

Alex Ross:
He is a right-hand batsman and bats in the middle order sensibly according to the situation of the match. Ross scored 12 runs in the previous game and has scored 314 runs in the 14 innings he has batted.

Arjun Nair:
He is a bowling all-rounder who can score some handy runs down the order. Nair has performed decently so far in this season as he has picked up 9 wickets and scored 67 runs. In the last match, he didn’t pick any wicket in the 2 overs he bowled.

Jonathan Cook:
He is a right-arm leg-spin bowler and has performed decently so far in this season as he has picked up 13 wickets from 11 matches that he has played. Cook performed really well by picking up 2 wickets for just 16 runs in his 4 overs.

STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction

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Fantasy Cricket Tips:

  • You can pick Daniel Worrall to Jonathan Cook.
  • In the wicket-keeper, Peter Handscomb is good.
  • In batsmen, Alex Hales and Nic Maddinson are also good options.
  • Glenn Maxwell, Arjin Nair, and Nathan-Coulter-Nile are also good in all-rounders.
  • Jonathan Cook and Chris Tremain are also good bowlers.
  • Alex Hales, Glenn Maxwell, and Daniel Sams are also good for C and Vc.

Captain and Vice-Captain

Marcus Stoinis, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Haris Rauf, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja.

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