BBL 09 Qualifier: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Preview

Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers face off in the BBL 09 Qualifier in Melbourne on Friday, January 31. The winner of the Qualifier goes straight through to the Final on February 8, which they will host, while the loser gets a second chance and will play in the ‘Challenger’ on February 6. Across all nine editions of the Big Bash League, the sides have met on 12 occasions, with the Stars winning seven, including one in a Super Over. At the MCG the Stars’ record is four wins from six matches. Meanwhile, The Hobart Hurricanes will be playing the Sydney Thunders in the Eliminator today. 

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If the recent form of both sides is taken into account, the Sixers have won three matches on the bounce and are on a slight good run, while the Stars are on a three-match losing streak. They won the first eight matches on the bounce before the losing streak. Both teams have won one each this season having faced each other twice.

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Marcus Stoinis, who plays for the Melbourne Stars is the top-run getter in the league so far with 607 runs from 14 innings averaging 60.70 He will be expected to do much of the scoring in the BBL 09 Qualifier as well and take his team to the finals. Glenn Maxwell with be another key man with the bat for the Stars. Adam Zampa will be they key bowler for the Stars who will have the responsibility of dismissing Steve Smith who is back in the BBL fold for the Sixers. Zampa has excelled at the MCG this BBL, his economy rate is a miserly 5.7 and he’s averaging two wickets per match at the Stars’ home ground.

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For the Sixers, Steve Smith holds the key with the bat in the middle-order with James Vince at the top in the BBL 09 Qualifier. They are being led by Moises Henriques who is another key player for them in the middle-order. Ben Dwarshuis and Josh Hazlewood will be given the responsibility to do the job with the ball in the game. 

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Melbourne Stars

 Glenn Maxwell (c), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Haris Rauf, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa

Sydney Sixers

 Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Ben Dwarshuis, Josh Hazlewood, Dan Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Steve Smith, James Vince

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