BBL Match 5: Stars look to get off the mark

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Big Bash League 5th Match Prediction

Match 5: Sydney Thunders vs Melbourne Stars

Date and Venue: 20th Dec 2015, Melbourne

Time: 13:55 IST

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunders Prediction

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunders Betting Odds

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunders Pitch Report

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Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunders Match Preview

Melbourne Stars Team Preview

Stars started off their campaign like they did the last year, losing to Adelaide Strikers. They were firm favourites to win with the odds of 1.57 before the start of the game. The strength of the team is such that even after conceding 187 runs Stars were favourite to chase the score.

Batting line up which included Wright, Pietersen, Maxwell, David Hussey and James Faulkner is always hard to write off whatever might be the score. They have the kind of squad that they will always be favourite to win. The playing XI for their next match is expected to be same.

Probable XI: 1. Marcus Stoinis 2. Luke Wright 3. Kevin Pietersen 4. Glenn Maxwell 5. David Hussey 6. Peter Handscomb 7. James Faulkner 8. Adam Zampa 9. John Hastings 10. Michael Beer 11. Sam Bodland

Sydney Thunders Team Preview

They were already written off in the last match based on their performances in the past few seasons. But alterations in their squad prompted a clinical win for them against their Sydney counterparts. Michael Hussey, as they say that old wine tastes better, was impeccable in his innings as he paced his innings well. Off the 158 that his team scored 80 were scored by the captain.

They too have an enviable batting depth with the explosive batsman Andre Russell coming in at number seven. Shane Watson in the middle order will be expected to play accumulator as well the impetus provider. Usman Khwaja has been included in the 13-man squad and is certain to play against Melbourne Stars. The 13-man squad announced is:

Squad: Mike Hussey,Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Chris Green, Jacques Kallis, Usman Khwaja, Hartley, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson

Sydney Thunders vs Melbourne Stars Match 5 Pitch Report

Match is to be played at MCG, Melbourne. Four matches have been played here last season which saw scores of 190-150-153-179 of this only the score of 190 was defended successfully while the match involving score of 150 was tied.

Stars vs Thunders Prediction Match 5 Odds & Betting Tips

Stars are again 1.57 to win the match which is again skewed as the opposition team boasts of players like Watson, Hussey, Khwaja, Blizzard and Russell. We are backing Thunders to win the match as their squad is more balanced with the batsman to hold one end.

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