The Melbourne Stars will defeat the Sydney Sixers in this final league stage match to pip Brisbane Heat at the last hurdle to qualify for the semifinal.BET NOW
The Big Bash League’s preliminary round matches come to an end with the 56th and final match set to take place at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 10th of February 2019. The Melbourne Stars will do battle against the Sydney Sixers in this match. Today cricket match prediction tips from Premium Cricket brings you the online cricket betting prediction for this match. Which team will win the last match and carry the all-important momentum going into the semifinal? Read our cricket betting prediction to find out.
The Sydney Sixers have found a winning strategy in chasing targets as of late. They have won their last 4 matches while batting 2nd and we expect them to stick to the same strategy once again. The Sixers recorded a comprehensive 9-wicket win on Duckworth and Lewis method during the last match scoring 85 for 1 in 10.3 overs against Sydney Thunder.
Daniel Hughes is the highest scorer for the Sixers with 335 runs from 13 innings inclusive of 3 half-centuries. He made an unbeaten 51 against the Adelaide Strikers and followed it up with a 27-ball 41 against Thunder. James Vince who replaced Joe Denly has scored 235 runs in 6 innings with the top score of 75 against Brisbane Heat. He made an unbeaten 74 against the Hobart Hurricanes and remained 43 not out against Sydney Thunder. Jordan Silk, Moises Henriques, and Josh Philippe are the other key batters in the side having made 260, 256 and 243 runs respectively.
Sean Abbott is the leading bowler for the Sixers with 20 wickets thus far. He has captured 8 wickets in the last 4 matches and has best figures of 3 for 18. Englishman Tom Curran has had a wonderful season with the bat and with the ball. He has scored close to 200 runs and captured 18 wickets at an average of 19.88. Ben Dwarshuis is the 3rd seam bowler in the side and he is expected to take the new ball for the Sixers. Steve O’Keefe continues to be the leader of the spin bowling attack capturing 18 wickets at a good economy rate of 6.73 runs per over. The Sydney Sixers have complete batting and bowling lineup, which has undergone minimal changes over the past few weeks. Today cricket match prediction tips expect them to stick to their winning formulae for this match as well.
The equation is quite simple for the Melbourne Stars. Their lost to Brisbane Heat on the 8th of February means that they now need to win the match against the Sixers to qualify for the playoffs. The Stars are currently in 5th spot with 12 points, 1 point behind Brisbane Heat who now has to wait anxiously to find out their fate on Sunday.
Marcus Stoinis is the leading run-scorer for the Stars with 442 runs from 10 innings. He made 80 against Brisbane Heat, his 4th of the season before being caught short of the crease courtesy of a rocket throw from the boundary by Alex Ross. Ben Dunk has scored 275 runs in 13 innings with the top score of 72 not out while captain Glenn Maxwell is 3rd in the list with 205 runs from 10 matches. The Stars will need Nick Larkin and Dwayne Bravo to contribute a bit more with the bat during the middle period of the innings and will hope that the innings will not disintegrate as it did against Heat after Stoinis’ dismissal.
Marcus Stoinis is also the leading wicket-taker for the Melbourne Stars. He has captured 14 wickets at a strike rate of 10.2 per wicket and has best figures of 4 for 21. Dwayne Bravo captured 3 for 22 against the Adelaide Strikers but since then has managed to capture just 1 wicket in 3 matches. The return of Sandeep Lamichhane will add the oomph back into Melbourne’s bowling attack and along with Adam Zampa, the duo should form a good leg-spin bowling combination.
The Melbourne Stars have found a few heroes during the last few matches and are carrying a lot of confidence going into this match. Marcus Stoinis has been in red-hot form while Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Sandeep Lamichhane and Liam Plunkett remain as key players in the side. The Sydney Sixers are in 2nd position in the league table and will be determined to maintain that position going into the semifinal. Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, and Josh Philippe are the key players with the bat while Steve O’Keefe, Sean Abbott and Tom Curran are among the top 10 bowlers of the tournament.
Today cricket match prediction tips for this T20 match predicts that the Melbourne Stars will defeat the Sydney Sixers at their home grounds to take the spoils in the last league stage encounter of BBL season 8 and qualify for the semifinal.