SIX vs STA Dream11 Prediction: After seven weeks of non-stop T20 cricket and 60 highly exciting games, we have our two finalists for the 2018-19 season of the Big Bash League. Sydney Sixers who won the title back in 2011-12 would take on Melbourne Stars at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Stars are yet to lay their hands on the title and would be aiming to end that drought after losing in two finals in the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons. Both the sides have played high-quality cricket and had finished No. 1 and 2 after the league stage. The two sides had met thrice earlier in the tournament – twice in the league stage and once in the Qualifier and the Sixers had won two of these games.
While the Sixers have a very good bowling unit Stars’ batsmen have done well throughout the season. It will be a clash of titans at the famed SCG and we expect it to be an exciting contest between the bat and the ball.
Date: February 8, Saturday.
Time: 1:45 PM IST.
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.
Head to Head in BBL
Matches Played: 13
Melbourne Stars: 7 Wins
Sydney Sixers: 6 Wins
Squad Updates & Probable XI
It was finally an end to the poor run Glenn Maxwell’s side had in the business end of the season. In a do or die Challenger game against Sydney Thunder the league stage table toppers registered an impressive 28 run victory. With their batsmen making a strong comeback the side will look to play well and claim their first title in the history of the league.
Marcus Stoinis with close to 700 runs is in the form of his life and looks to provide a good start with Nic Maddinson.
Nick Larkin after his good show in the last game would be very confident. Glenn Maxwell has done well in earlier games and is a threat to the opponents.
Peter Handscomb, Seb Gotch and Nathan Coulter-Nile add punch to the batting line-up down the order. Their bowling attack hasn’t looked in best of form and this is one area they will have to fix ahead of the big game.
Haris Rauf and Adam Zampa have done well but other bowlers have gone for runs. The likes of Clint Hinchliffe, Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile will need to check their line and length as they have gone for plenty of runs in the last four games.
Only one change, Jonathan Merlo comes in place of Dilbar Hussain in the squad.
Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb, Seb Gotch (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf
Moises Henriques’ side has peaked at the right time in the league. They had a wonderful run at the start and after few hiccups got their act together. They qualified for the finals through the Qualifier and have won their last four games. Playing at home and having done well against the Stars the side will start confidently in this game.
James Vince and Josh Phillippe have provided good starts to the side and they will look in good form at the moment. Steven Smith’s entry into the side had strengthened their batting.
In Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk and Henriques they have good hitters of the ball down the order and these three will look to finish the innings in style. Sean Abbott also brings good hitting skills lower down the order.
As far as their bowling is concerned Sean Abbott and Josh Hazlewood will need to get early breakthroughs. Abbott has looked in great form in recent games. Ben Dwarshuis and Steve O’Keefe also did well in the last game. With the experience of Nathan Lyon on a turning Sydney track, they definitely have a good bowling attack going into this game.
Sydney Sixers have gone unchanged for the finals.
Moises Henriques (c), Steve O’Keefe, Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, James Vince, Nathan Lyon, Sean Abbott, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Ben Dwarshuis, Josh Philippe (wk)
Captain & Vice-captain picks
Captain: J Philippe, D Hughes, M Stoinis
Vice-captain: J Vince, H Rauf, G Maxwell
SIX vs STA Dream11 Team
Suggested XI No 1
Suggested XI No 2