All the best Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars betting tips ahead of Friday’s game in the Big Bash.
Sydney Thunder – Balance an issue
The first reaction when you look at the Sydney Thunder is that they look to have put all their eggs in one basket. A Top 3 of Shane Watson, Jos Buttler and Joe Root is as good as it gets as far as the Big Bash goes. Maybe only the Adelaide Strikers or at a push the Brisbane Heat can compete with those.
But was it really a good idea to use their two overseas places on top order batsmen? Could they have gone for a quality all-rounder not on international duty– say Thisara Perera or Moeen Ali – for a little more balance? Or could they have sacrificed Root for a champion bowler like Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine or New Zealand’s Matt Henry?
Well, they’ve made their bed and now they have to lie in but they’re going to either have to bat big first up and hope to defend it or limit the damage and hope the Buttlers and Watsons can get off to a flyer and somehow get over the line if chasing.
Melbourne Stars – Stronger than last year
You can read all about how the changes the Stars made in terms of their overseas players can only be a good thing in this article. In a nutshell, Luke Wright was on the wane and those quickfire 30s and 40s just weren’t happening anymore. And Kevin Pietersen brings runs- he top scored for them in each of his last three seasons – but he also brings a lot of baggage. Change was most definitely good on this occasion.
A lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of Glenn Maxwell here. Not only will he have to fill the void left by the two English boys but he’s also captain now. Expect him to bat somewhere in the Top 3 is season.
Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars Betting: Match winner
The Sydney Thunders v Melbourne Stars betting odds are finding it hard to split them with Betfair Sportsbook going 1.8 Thunder and 2.0 the Stars. That’s how tight it is.
The bookies can’t split them and neither can the Betting Maestro. They both look like they can improve on last year’s performance but it’s anyone’s guess who can take the win here. Let’s move on.
Melbourne Stars Top Bowler
We don’t like tipping favourites here but it’s worth going with Dwayne Bravo on this occasion. He ticks the boxes of doing well last year (he was joint top wicket-taker), bowling at the death and having a habit of starting the competition well. Last year he took 5 wickets in his first match for the Renegades.
He may also not have much to beat. Adam Zampa is ok, Marcus Stoinis can occasionally have a good day with the ball and Sandeep Lamichhane will be nothing if not a mystery to many of the batsmen facing him. Then you’re looking at the likes of Liam Bowe or Jackson Bird and none of them is in the same category as Bravo.
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Top Match Batsman
Another player who ticks all the boxes, in this case for top match batsman (top scorer across both teams) is…Jos Buttler. He opens the batting, he can score incredibly quickly, he has strong Big Bash experience and has an outstanding career record in this format.
With the possible exception of Glenn Maxwell, no-one in the Stars’ top order, the players who generally score the big runs, can come near Buttler and if he hangs around for long enough, team-mate Root may just not have enough time to catch up with whatever he scores.
Yeah, it’s a case of…the Buttler can do it. He’s 4/1 with Royal Panda for top match batsman.
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