The 12th edition of the Big Bash League will kick off on Tuesday. 2015-16 champions Sydney Thunder will take on Melbourne Stars in the opening game of the tournament. Sydney Thunder has named a young captain Jason Sangha with Chris Green as his deputy meanwhile Melbourne Stars are led by Adam Zampa.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars, Match 1
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Date & Time: December 13th, at 1:45 PM IST and 7:15 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network
What is the pitch report for THU vs STA, BBL 2022/23, Match 1?
It’s an evenly poised surface where batting becomes much easier in the later stages of the match. Out of the 19 domestic T20s played here the team chasing has won 12 out of them. Anything over 180 is a good score here.
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— Sydney Thunder (@ThunderBBL) December 12, 2022
Sydney Thunder: Lost Won Lost Lost Won
Melbourne Stars: Won Won Lost Won Lost
THU vs STA, BBL 2022/23, Match 1 Probable Winners:
Sydney Thunder are expected to win this match.
What is the expected, Probable Playing XIs for THU vs STA, BBL 2022/23, Match 1?
Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, Jason Sangha (c), Alex Ross, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Joe Burns, Marcus Stoinis, Joe Clarke (wk), Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Brody Couch, Beau Webster, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Adam Zampa (c), Trent Boult
— Melbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) December 12, 2022
Glenn Maxwell is doubtful for the tournament as he is yet to recover from injury.
What are the Top Picks, players for Dream11, My11circle and MPL for THU vs STA, BBL 2022/23, Match 1?
Top Pick – Batter
T20 World Cup winner Alex Hales’s form is a massive plus point for the Sydney Thunder. He has struck 383 runs in 13 matches in the last season at an average of 31.91.
Top Pick – All-Rounder
Jason Sangha will be leading Sydney Thunder which includes some of the big names. 2021/22 was a breakout season for him as he finished as the leading run-scorer for Thunder with 445 runs in 12 matches and even picked up 4 wickets.
Top Pick – Bowler
Fazalhaq Farooqi will be making his BBL debut in this match. In 17 T20Is for Afghanistan, he has picked up 21 wickets with the best figures of 3 for 11.
Top Pick – Wicketkeeper
Joe Clarke will don the gloves behind the stumps for Melbourne Stars. He ended the last season on a higher note with 419 runs to his name in 13 matches which include 5 half-centuries.
Rilee Rossouw is the leading run-scorer for South Africa in T20Is this year. In 10 innings, he has amassed 372 runs at an average of 46.5 which comprised 2 centuries and one half-century.
What are the fantasy suggested teams for THU vs STA, BBL 2022/23, Match 1?
1. Joe Clarke, Rilee Rossouw, Alex Hales (vc), Hilton Cartwright, Alex Ross, Marcus Stoinis (c), Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Fazalhaq Farooqi
2. Joe Clarke (c), Rilee Rossouw, Alex Hales, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Cutting, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams (vc), Trent Boult, Gurinder Sandhu, Adam Zampa
Sydney Thunder has named 15 member squad for the opening clash that includes three overseas players Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, and Fazalhaq Farooqi. Jason Sangha has been rewarded the captaincy role for his outstanding performances last season where he averaged close to 50. They ended the tournament after losing to Adelaide Strikers in the Knockout by 6 runs. Ben Cutting and Daniel Sams are the key all-rounders in the side. Gurinder Sandhu who took 18 wickets in the previous season is looking forward to recreating the same this year. David Warner who is currently on National duty will join the squad in the later stages of the tournament.
It’s a huge honor for leg spinner Adam Zampa to lead Melbourne Stars in the absence of injured Glenn Maxwell. Trent Boult, Luke Wood, and Joe Clarke are the foreign stars who have been included in the 13-member squad for this clash. Joe Clarke was terrific for them last season, scoring more than 400 runs. Trent Boult is a new entrant to the side after dropping the New Zealand national contract. Seasoned campaigner Marcus Stoinis has a huge role to play with no Maxwell in the squad. Overall the team composition looks good and they are ready to kickstart the tournament with a win. They have reached the finals on 3 occasions till now and are yet to win a title.