Big Bash League 2022-23: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder – 56th Match Preview and Updates

The Melbourne Stars have had a forgettable season in the BBL, finishing with only six points in 13 games. They were defeated by the Brisbane Heat by 4 runs in their previous match. The match came down to the wire, with the Heat defeating the Stars in a nail-biter. Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright battled until the final ball for the Melbourne Stars, but it was too little, too late.

The Sydney Thunder were thrashed by the Sydney Sixers by 125 runs in a match to forget. They were bowled out for 62 runs while chasing a target of 187 runs. This was one of the BBL’s heaviest defeats, and the Thunders hope to move on quickly from it.

The 56th Match between Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder will take place on January 25th, 2023 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

Match Details to Note

Match: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder, 56th Match, Big Bash League 2022-23

Date: January 25, 2023 (Wednesday)                                         

Time: 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder

Melbourne Stars (Match Odds – 2.20):


The Melbourne Stars will have a tournament to forget as they sit at the bottom of the table with only three wins. The upcoming match against the Sydney Thunder will be their final game of the season, and they will look to finish on a high note. They gave it their all in their previous game against the Heat, but were unable to cross the finish line. They lost by four runs while chasing a massive target.

Thomas Rogers scored 41 runs off 20 balls up the order with little help from the other end. Stoinis and Cartwright tried to string the innings down the order with a 50-run partnership, but it was in vain as they were defeated by 4 runs.

Full Squad:

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

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Players to watch out for:

Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile

Possible Playing XI:

Joe Clarke, Thomas Rogers, Campbell Kellaway, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa

Sydney Thunder (Match Odds – 1.67):


Although the Sydney Thunders have a very slim chance of progressing to the next round of the tournament, they have had a good season with six wins in thirteen games. They started the season well, but four losses in their next five games shook their confidence. In their final match against the Melbourne Stars, they will give it their all.

In their previous match against the Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder were simply outplayed and outclassed. Sixers set them a target of 188 runs, but they were bowled out for 62 runs with no batsman taking responsibility. There were no positives from the game, and the Thunders will try to forget and move on as quickly as possible.

Full Squad:

Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Rilee Rossouw, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha (c), Tanveer Sangha, David Warner, Ben Cutting, Usman Qadir, Gurinder Sandhu, Sam Whiteman

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Players to watch out for:

David Warner, Chris Green, Daniel Sams

Possible Playing XI:

Matthew Gilkes, David Warner, Blake Nikitaras, Olivier Davies, Alex Roxx, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Qadir

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Head to Head

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Head to Head Stats in T20s

Matches Played STA Won THU Won Tie NR
Overall 18 10 8 0 0

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Toss Prediction

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is a well-balanced pitch that will occasionally suit both batters and bowlers. It has good bounce and carries for fast bowlers, but dew could be a factor for the chasing side.

The team that wins the toss should bowl first.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Pitch Report

The Melbourne Stars will play the Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia.

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The pitch has good bounce and pace for fast bowlers. Spin will be almost non-existent on the MCG pitch. The weather appears to be ideal for a cricket match at the MCG. With 60% humidity, there is a very low chance of rain. Light winds and no clouds will ensure that both players and spectators have a pleasant game of cricket.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Prediction

After being thrashed in their previous game, Sydney Thunder will be desperate for a comeback. For them, this is a must-win game, whereas the Stars will play without any monkeys on their backs. The Thunders, on the other hand, will come down hard on the Stars and will give it their all. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Sydney Thunder is the favourite to beat Melbourne Stars at the odds of 1.67.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Daniel Sams is usually reliable and can grab two or three wickets in each game. Hence we are picking him as the Top Bowler for Sydney Thunder against Melbourne Stars.

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