The final group stage game, Match 56, of the 2022-23 Big Bash League, sees Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday evening. The Stars have six points and will finish bottom of the table. Thunder are currently in the final play-off spot but they may have fallen out by the time this game gets underway. The Stars were eliminated a couple of games ago but, to their credit, continued to fight against Brisbane Heat on Sunday. Sydney Thunder are certainly beatable and the Stars should fancy their chances against them. Sydney Thunder were dismissed for 62, their second worst score of the tournament, in their last game. This means their net run rate is very poor and they may need to go for a big win in this match to get through to the playoffs.
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder – 56th Match
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground – Melbourne
Date & Time: 25th January 2023 at 01:45 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
The average T20 first innings score has remained around 170 over the last few seasons at the MCG. Pace bowlers have had most success across this season at the venue. There is no risk of rain, but there will be increasing humidity as this game progresses in Melbourne.
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Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Blake Nikitaras, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Nathan McAndrew Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu
Joe Clarke (wk), Thomas Rogers, Campbell Kellaway, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa (c)
Joe Clarke, Matthew Gilkes, Thomas Rogers, Hilton Cartwright, David Warner, Oliver Davies, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster(C), Daniel Sams(VC), Gurinder Sandhu, Luke Wood
Joe Clarke(C), Matthew Gilkes, Thomas Rogers, Hilton Cartwright, David Warner, Oliver Davies, Marcus Stoinis(VC), Beau Webster, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Captain – Beau Webster, Joe Clarke
Vice-captain – Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis
Wicketkeeper – Joe Clarke
Sydney Thunder were the early pace-setters in the tournament but their team is now without Chris Lynn and Rashid Khan. A win for either team will see them finish in the top five and progress to the play-off stage and even a defeat for Melbourne Stars may still see them qualify as well. However, both teams come into this game in poor form and they require their experienced players to step up and produce a big performance. Melbourne Stars have some top players like Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch who have seen it all before but have not been in brilliant form over this campaign. Considering the team combination, Sydney Thunder is expected to win this match.