About the Match
The Big Bash League 2017/18 is drawing to a close and this match between the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Stars will mark the end of the season for the Sixers. This has not been a season to remember for either of the two teams and they don’t have anything to play for in this match but pride. The fans of both the teams will be hoping for some spirit being shown and some strides being made for the future.
The Sydney Sixers lost their first six matches of this season and have then proceeded to win their next three. If they can win their last match of the season as well then they are in with a good shot of ending the season in 6th
place, something their fans would have taken just 10 days ago in this competition.
The Sydney Sixers suffered from injuries to their key players, some poor form, and a poor choice of team composition for the majority of this competition but things seem to have clicked into place over the last few matches.
The return of Daniel Hughes and Moises Henriques from injury, the return to form for Nic Maddinson, as well as the entry of Joe Denly and Nathan Lyon into the team has worked wonders from the Sydney Sixers. Suddenly, their batting looks strong and with excellent depth while their bowling is so much more effective with Australia’s best spinner available to them.
Jordan Silk has scored a lot of runs for the Sixers this season and he adds depth to the squad in the middle order as well.
The Sydney Sixers have done well to overcome their losing streak and build up some decent winning momentum behind them. They have an excellent opportunity to end their season on a strong note and lay down some foundation stones for the next few seasons.
The Melbourne Stars have won just one single match in this season out of the eight that they have played so far. They were in the same boat the Sydney Sixers for a large part of the tournament but unlike their opponents, the Melbourne Stars were unable to turn things around.
Nothing for the Melbourne Stars has gone right but the biggest problem in our opinion has been their bowling. The Melbourne Stars lack a strike bowler that can keep them in the game or take wickets on a consistent basis. No bowler from their team has taken more than 6 wickets in the entire tournament.
They have also not been able to keep the runs down which would help build up some pressure. This poor bowling unit has meant that the Stars are always chasing 20 runs more than they should or end up falling short while defending a par total.
With no real options remaining in their squad, the Melbourne Stars must hope for some magic from their batsmen to win them their last two remaining matches. They do have some batsmen that are capable of providing that magic like Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell, or even Kevin Pietersen.
The one match that they have won was because of a brilliant inning by Kevin Pietersen and the former England great will want to sign off with another similar knock.
We think that the batsman most likely to score runs for the Stars is actually Peter Handscomb. He has thrived after being moved up to the opening position and makes good use of the restrictions.
The only way the Melbourne Stars are going to win is by scoring enough runs to give their bowlers some cushion so they need to hard from the first ball.
Pitch and Conditions
A sunny day with some harmless clouds around has been forecast for match day. The pitch at the SCG has helped the spinners and this is we believe the Sixers hold a huge advantage. Scores of 160-170 will be difficult to chase down.
The Stars have won 4 out of the 7 matches they have played against the Sixers including two out of the three games played at the SCG. The Sydney Sixers, though, are in the middle of a good phase of cricket and have won their last two games against the Melbourne Stars.
We think they are likely to win this match and end the season on a strong note.
Back the Sydney Sixers to win