Big Bash League 2022-23: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers – Match 31 Preview and Updates

The Melbourne Stars must pull up their socks and get their campaign started when they face the Sydney Sixers in the 31st game of the Big Bash League 2022-23 season. The Stars are coming off a defeat to the Melbourne Renegades. They are at the bottom of the points standings. As the game was interrupted by rain, the Sydney Sixers and the Brisbane Heat traded points.

The Sixers have a strong record against the Melbourne Stars, having won the last eight meetings. Earlier in the season, they defeated the Stars by 7 wickets. The Stars haven’t had much luck, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can avoid extending their losing streak against the Sixers.

The 31st Match between Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers will take place on January 6th, 2023 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

Match Details to Note

Match: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers, 31st Match, Big Bash League 2022-23

Date: January 06, 2023 (Friday)                                                   

Time: 1:00 PM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers

Melbourne Stars (Match Odds – 2.15):


Adam Zampa’s team must find form. They have struggled in the tournament, finishing seventh on the points table with only two victories. The team was defeated by the Melbourne Renegades by a score of 33 runs in their previous game. Batting is an issue for the team, and Zampa would like to see a better performance from his batsmen in this game.

Tom Rogers and Joe Clarke are having a bad tournament, and the team needs them to perform well at the top. Marcus Stoinis is one of the best T20 players, and he will need to perform well in the middle order alongside Beau Webster and Hilton Cartwright. For the side to win this game, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, and Nathan Coulter-Nile must contribute with the bat.

Their bowlers will face a difficult test, and the side will require early wickets from Boult and Luke Wood. Zampa has been in excellent form and must take the lead in this game. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Beau Webster will have to step up as backups against a strong lineup.

Full Squad:

Trent Boult, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Luke Wood, Adam Zampa (c), Campbell Kellaway, Tom O’Connell, Sam Elliott, Cam McClure

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Possible Playing XI:

Adam Zampa (c), Joe Clarke (wk), Thomas Rogers, Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Trent Boult

Sydney Sixers (Match Odds – 1.70):


Rain ruined Moises Henriques’ team’s last game against the Brisbane Heat. When the rain stopped the game, their opponents had a large lead. The Sixers have had a successful season, finishing second in the league in points. Henriques would aim for a second victory over the Stars, who they had thrashed earlier in the tournament.

Both Josh Phillippe and James Vince have scored runs and will look to get the game started well. The middle order is bolstered by Daniel Huges, Moises Henriques, and Jordan Silk. Down the order, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, and Hayden Kerr add to their batting strength, and these players will have to score runs in the game.

Ben Dwarshuis and Sean Abbott would need to get off to a good start in the bowling department, as they haven’t been at their best. Steve O’Keefe has bowled well, and the team will look to him for good spells. Hayden Kerr and Chris Jordan bolster the side’s bowling attack.

Full Squad:

Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Izharulhaq Naveed, Chris Jordan, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Jordan Silk, James Vince, Todd Murphy, Mickey Edwards, Jack Edwards, Steve Smith, Josh Kann

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Possible Playing XI:

Moises Henriques (c), Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Jordan, Steve O’Keefe

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Head to Head

Sydney Sixers have a strong record against Melbourne Stars, having won the last three meetings by seven wickets twice and 152 runs the other time. The Stars haven’t beaten the Sixers in their last eight games.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Head to Head Stats in T20s

Matches Played MLS Won SYD Won Tie NR
Overall 19 7 12 0 0

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Toss Prediction

It’s been a happy hunting ground for teams that have scored. We’ve seen low scores, and the team that bats first has struggled in the majority of games this season. As a result, we anticipate that the team that wins the toss will bowl first.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Pitch Report

The Melbourne Cricket Ground has a good batting surface, though it has been slow in recent games. Batsmen who spend time at the crease perform well here. With the new ball, fast bowlers benefit from the wicket. Spinners enjoy bowling here because the large size of the ground prevents batsmen from playing big shots.

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On January 6, Melbourne would have clear skies. The wicket will be slow and difficult for the batsmen, forcing them to play to the merits of the ball. The surface is likely to help bowlers, and the team batting first would be happy to score more than 160 on this track.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Prediction

The Melbourne Stars must win this game in order to advance to the next round. They have been outplayed by their opponents, and the team management would like to see their batsmen score runs in this game. The Sydney Sixers have done well and have a strong starting lineup. They have eight victories over the Stars, making them the favourite in this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Sydney Sixers is the favourite to beat Melbourne Stars at the odds of 1.70.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Englishman James Vince has consistently delivered in the BBL and looks to be back to his best this season. He is our pick to be the Sydney Sixers’ leading run scorer against the Melbourne Stars. We anticipate James Vince to score a crucial score in this game.

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