Thunder hope to put behind poor season to start on a good note
Melbourne Stars play their second fixture in as many days as they gear up to face Sydney Thunder with some good news seeping in about their squad strength. Haris Rauf, who had a brilliant season last time, has made himself available for the franchise again this time. That’s only happening in early January, though, and for now the Stars will have to rely on their same outfit to notch up another win against Thunder. Their odds of doing the same rest at 1.55
The Sydney Thunder added Sam Billings and Ben Cutting to their roster for the season. While Billings isn’t available yet, Cutting will likely become a key figure in their plans, especially with the bat. Adam Milne is also a solid addition in this regard with the ball. That said, they still have quite a few loopholes in terms of depth and their odds of beating the Stars are at 2.20
Overall head to head record favours Stars
The Stars have won seven while the Thunder have six in head-to-head record measures. These two franchises have enjoyed contrasting fortunes over the years. In the last couple of seasons, the Stars have surged ahead with some compelling performances. Thunder, meanwhile, still find themselves underdogs for this game and rightly so, especially as they lost all three games to the Stars just last season.
RECOMMENDED BET: The Stars have started on a great note and have a strong team this time. It gives them odds of 1.55to beat Sydney Thunder.
What the record from the previous also says is that the Thunder have dominated previous matches between these teams with the balance tilting towards the Stars in the last season. The finalists began their 2020 season with a win over Brisbane Heat and will hope to pull off one more win early on.
Keep an eye on…
The Stars batting: While Marcus Stoinis failed in game one, he is their big batting force upfront and can be a real strong guy in the powerplay overs for Stars. Add in Glenn Maxwell, Ben Dunk and Hilton Cartwright alongside Andre Fletcher and you have a top-notch top-order capable of consistently delivering.
Callum Ferguson : While retired from International cricket, Callum Ferguson is still quite a handful in the middle-order with his consolidation act. The Thunder sorely need someone of his calibre to hold together their top-order. Ferguson will be a key figure for them this season.