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Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars BBL Preview: All-round sides set for a tight clash
- Sydney Sixers host Melbourne Stars in Match #15 of BBL 10 on Boxing Day
- This match will be played at the Metricon Stadium in Queensland
- Sydney Sixers have won the last three matches against Melbourne Stars
- The team batting first has won the last five matches between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars
Sydney Sixers have happy memories of playing against Melbourne Stars (Getty Images)
It will be a repeat of the Big Bash League 2019/20 final for the first time since that spectacle as Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars clash at Carrara Oval on Boxing Day.
The Sixers have eight points from their three matches this season with two wins and a loss. As for the Stars, they are unbeaten in the season with two wins and a no result for ten points.
Sydney Sixers Form
The Sixers have posted two heavy wins this season – by 145 runs and 38 runs giving them a huge Net Run Rate. James Vince (103 runs) and Josh Philippe (102) have been the chief architects with the bat, while captain Daniel Hughes (87) has also been impressive.
The all-round Daniel Christian (71 runs and four wickets) has been excellent for the Sixers. Ben Dwarshuis (seven wickets) and Steve O’Keefe (six) have been their leading lights with the ball giving Sixers the edge.
Sydney Sixers News
Jackson Bird is nearing a return from calf injury sustained whilst playing for Australia ‘A’, but is out of contention for this match. England international Jake Ball will not be available for selection until December 29.
Melbourne Stars Form
The Stars have been comfortable winners in their first two matches by six wickets and 22 runs before their match against Perth Scorchers was washed off. A solid nine-day break gives the side a good chance to recharge batteries and plan better.
Captain Glenn Maxwell (85 runs) and star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (65) remain their strong points with the bat. Youngster Liam Hatcher has been the Stars’ bowling hero (five wickets) even as they enjoyed the benefits of having a varied attack at their disposal.
Melbourne Stars News
Billy Stanlake has been expensive for the Stars and could be under threat for his place in the final XI. Jackson Coleman is expected to be recover from his hamstring issue by this time and could be a possibility.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Head-to-Head
Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars have a 7-7 record in the Big Bash so far. However, the Sixers have won the last three matches including last season’s final.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Match Up
The Sixers and the Stars have been the best sides of the campaign so far. Variety of choices give the Sixers’ bowling unit a slight edge. It could be a fascinating duel between Maxwell and Dwarshuis.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Stats
The team batting first has won the last five matches between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars.
Sydney Sixers have won the last three matches against Melbourne Stars.
Adam Zampa has been the top bowler in three of Melbourne Stars’ last six full matches.
Dan Christian needs 22 runs to score 300 runs in the competition against Melbourne Stars.
The team posting the higher opening partnership of the match has won four of the last five matches between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars.
It will be a massive revenge chance for the Stars who will hope to get one up against champions Sydney Sixers. Interestingly, both sides have started the season well and will look to build up momentum. The Stars will have a slight edge as they look for their all-round capabilities shining through.