THU vs STA Dream11: In the 19th match of this season’s BBL, Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars will be facing each other. Both teams have had a decent start to their season and will look to continue that form. Sydney Thunder lost their first match of the season to the Stars but came back to win three on the trot. Khawaja and Hales started the tournament slowly but 70 inside the powerplay in the last match will give this pair some confidence. Ferguson has topped the run scoring charts for his team and with young Oliver Davies in form, the middle order seems dangerous. Adam Milne has added teeth to a bowling line-up that already had Daniel Sams and Chris Green. With quality all-rounders in their side, Thunder seem to have a perfect balance.
Melbourne Stars are not much behind though. They will be disappointed with the 1-wicket loss that they suffered in the last game but have many positives so far. The way Maxwell and Pooran batted in the last match will create some headaches for the opposition bowlers. Maddinson’s return will bolster the batting order. With Coulter-Nile and Stanlake, they have an attacking new ball pair. Not to forget their quality spinners, where Zampa and Zahir Khan are ready to trouble the opposition batsmen in the middle overs. Expect Stars to come back hard after their loss in the last game.
THU vs STA Dream11 match details
Fixture name: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars
Competition: Big Bash League 2020-21
Date: 29 December, 2020
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Ground: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Sydney Thunder 209/8 beat Melbourne Renegades 80 (12.2 overs) by 129 runs on December 26, 2020.
THU (recent last) L L W W W
STA (recent last) L W W NR L
Points Table Standings: THU 3, STA 5
Pitch Report: Canberra produces some of the best batting wickets in Australia and this pitch is not going to be any different. The last match saw the first innings total in excess of 200 and given the batting might of both these teams, scores over 170 are expected. A shower is expected in the morning but the weather is clear for the duration of the match.
THU vs STA Playing 11
THU Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Sam Billings becomes available for this match after completing his quarantine.
Expected team changes- Billings can replace Baxter Holt as the wicketkeeper in the eleven. No other changes are expected in the winning eleven.
THU Playing 11 (probable)
C Ferguson (C)
S Billings/ B Holt (wk)
STA Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson will be available for this game after missing the last one.
Expected team changes- Stoinis and Maddinson can replace Ben Dunk and Nick Larkin in the eleven from the last match.
STA Playing 11 (probable)
M Stoinis/ B Dunk
N Pooran (wk)
G Maxwell (C)
THU vs STA Today Match Prediction: Who will win THU vs STA Dream11 match today?
Both these teams are meeting each other for the second time this season. The Stars got the better of Thunder in the first leg. But since then, Thunder has shown excellent form and won three matches in a row. Stars suffered a close loss in the last game against Sixers and will look to get back to winning ways. A close contest is expected in the THU vs STA Today Match Prediction though Thunder will be slight favorites to win the game given their recent winning form.
THU vs STA Dream11 Prediction, Captain & Differential Picks
C Ferguson- The captain has been in superb form this season and has been the highest scorer for his team. He is a consistent batsman and expect him to get some runs on a good batting wicket.
T20 Career: Runs 2958, Avg. 27
Ferguson in BBL 10: Runs 146, Avg. 48
A Hales- Hales looked in good touch in the last match after a slow start to the season. He is a destructive T20 batsman, especially in the powerplay and has the experience of playing in various T20 leagues in the world.
T20 Career: Runs 7465, Avg. 29.50
Hales in BBL 10: Runs 81, Avg. 20
D Sams- The left-armer is a genuine wicket taker with the new ball and has excellent varieties at the death. He is also a blistering batsman and can strike a few lusty blows down the order. Sams has already won his team a game this season with the bat.
T20 Career: Wkts 59, Bowl Avg. 21
Sams in BBL 10: Runs 87, Bat Avg. 43, Wkts 6, Bowl Avg. 19
N Pooran- A 26-ball 65 in the last game shows the talent Nicholas Pooran possesses in this format. He is one of the rising stars of this generation and can play the fast bowlers and spinners equally well. On a good batting wicket, expect him to be among the runs again.
T20 Career: Runs 3053, Avg. 26
Pooran in BBL 10: Runs 65, Avg. 65
A Fletcher- Fletcher has been a consistent performer in the CPL for years but is yet to fire this tournament. His experience at the top of the order makes him a top pick in the THU vs STA Dream11 Prediction.
T20 Career: Runs 4925, Avg. 27
Fletcher in BBL 10: Runs 34, Avg. 11
G Maxwell- One of the most destructive batsmen of the current generation, skipper Maxwell has been in good form this season. He along with Pooran, smashed Sixers bowlers in the last match and will enjoy the batting friendly conditions here.
T20 Career: Runs 6358, Avg. 27, Wkts 102, Bowl Avg. 32
Maxwell in BBL 10: Runs 156, Avg. 78
A Milne- Milne has added some extra variety to this Thunder bowling attack. He has been impressive in the two games that he has played while bowling at nearly 150 kph. Expect him to be amongst the wickets.
T20 Career: Wkts 118, Bowl Avg. 22
Milne in BBL 10: Wkts 2, Bowl Avg. 19
Z Khan- The chinaman bowler from Afghanistan is a genuine wicket taker with his googlies and flippers. He has the experience of playing in various T20 leagues and can be dangerous in the middle overs.
T20 Career: Wkts 67, Bowl Avg. 21