STA vs THU Dream11 Prediction: With four consecutive wins and a fifth on the trot, Melbourne Stars will be aiming to stay supreme in the points table as they take on the Sydney Thunder in the second face-off of the season. The previous clash was won by the Stars by a margin of 3-wickets, courtesy Marcus Stoinis (58) and Nick Larkin (65) for coming up with berserking displays.
Led by an in-form Glenn Maxwell, the Stars would deploy every possible measure to dominate the Thunder at MCG, however, their head to head stats speak differently with the Sydney based franchise outwitting their rivals on the majority of occasions. In the points tally, Melbourne Stars are placed at the top of the table with five wins in six matches and will be expected to put up a stellar show in the coming feud.
Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder who have lost their last two matches will be hoping to avoid a third amidst the home conditions of Melbourne. Seated at the fourth spot with three wins, as many losses and a no result, Thunder will be vying to gain an upper hand in the upcoming bout as it would place them at the third spot with 9 points to their name.
Date: January 8, Wednesday.
Time: 1:40 PM IST.
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Matches Played: 11
Melbourne Stars: 5 Wins
Sydney Thunder: 6 Wins
Matches Played: 5
Melbourne Stars: 1 Win
Sydney Thunder: 4 Wins
Melbourne Stars: W-W-W-L-W
Sydney Thunder: L-L-W-W-NR
Haris Rauf and Hilton Cartwright have been brought in as replacements for Dale Steyn and Jonathan Merlo.
Jonathan Cook and Nathan McAndrew have been added to the squad.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Brendan Doggett, Daniel Sams, Matthew Gilkes (wk)
Captain: C Ferguson, U Khawaja, P Handscomb
Vice-Captain: M Stoinis, G Maxwell, D Sams
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