Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Match 56 Preview: January 26, 2021

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Match 56 Preview January 26, 2021
21.01.2021,13:01 138 0

In this article, we preview Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers, match 48 of the Big Bash League Season 10 at Melbourne on 26 January. Melbourne Stars are currently in 3rd place on the points table with five wins in 10 matches played, while Sydney Sixers are atop the points table with eight wins in 11 matches.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Match 56 Preview January 26, 2021

Match Preview: What to Expect

On 16 January, Sydney Sixers took on Perth Scorchers at Canberra. Batting first, Scorchers were restricted to 163/7. Sixers eased to the target with 7 wickets and 7 balls to spare. Opener Josh Philippe scored 84 in 52 balls with 10 fours and a six to lead the Sixers’ charge. He was ably assisted by James Vince (52 off 35 balls) with whom he shared a 2nd wicket stand of 106. Carlos Brathwaite (2/12) was Sixers’ most successful bowler, while Jake Ball (2/33), Daniel Christian (2/22) and Steve O’Keefe (1/36) were also among the wickets.

On 17 January, Renegades and Stars met in a Melbourne derby. Batting first, Renegades were bowled out for 150. Among the Stars’ bowlers, Liam Hatcher (3/29) did the most damage, while Glenn Maxwell (1/29), Billy Stanlake (2/28), Zahir Khan (2/23) and Adam Zampa (1/24) all chipped in with wickets. Useful contributions from Marcus Stoinis (43), Nick Larkin (43), Glenn Maxwell (20), and Nic Maddinson (20 not out) helped Stars to overwhelm the target with 6 wickets and 5 balls to spare.

Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars met for the first time in BBL season 10 on 26 December 2020. In that game, Stars batted first and posted a challenging score of 193/5. After Stars were reduced to 49/4 in the 9th over, Maxwell (71 not out off 47 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes) and Pooran (65 off 26 balls with 2 fours and 8 sixes) rescued the innings with a 125-run stand. Among Sixers’ bowlers, Steve O’Keefe took 2/13, while Jason Holder, Ben Dwarshuis, and Gurinder Sandhu took one wicket each.

Sixers began their reply disastrously, losing both their openers with just 5 runs on the board. That was the cue for skipper Daniel Hughes to play an outstanding knock of 96 off 51 balls with 6 fours and 7 sixes. When Hughes was ninth out, two balls remained with four runs needed. Ironically, those runs came off byes on the next ball, as Sixers completed a thrilling chase.

Sixers will continue to look to Josh Philippe (420 runs in 10 matches at 42.00) and Daniel Hughes (273 runs in 10 matches at 34.13) to lead the batting. Steve O’Keefe (9 wickets in 13 games) and Carlos Brathwaite are the go-to men among their bowlers.

Stars will rely on Stoinis (333 runs in 9 matches) and Maxwell (266 runs in 10 matches) to provide the batting platform. Adam Zampa (18 wickets in 8 games) and Liam Hatcher (13 wickets in 8 games) have been their most reliable bowlers.

Summary

Sixers have an 8-6 advantage in the head to head comparison with Stars. But the last time Stars beat Sixers was more than a year ago, back in January 2020. While defending champions Sixers are considered favourites to win, we expect this match to be a thriller that could go down to the wire.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Match 56 Preview January 26, 2021

Liked? Share:
0   voted

Responses (0)

Similar news
Sydney Sixers BBL Chief Quits Despite Back-to-back Titles
Sydney Sixers BBL Chief Quits Despite Back-to-back Titles
Read more

Cricket New South Wales (CNSW) has undergone a restructuring process, involving the removal of the posts of club general managers. Consequently, Jodie Hawkins, Sydney Sixers’ general manager, chose to quit the CNSW board, despite having been at the helm when Sydney Sixers won back-to-back men’s BBL tournaments in 2020 and 2021. Hawkins Declined Alternative Role […]

Vince Stars in 3rd BBL Title Win for Sydney Sixers
Vince Stars in 3rd BBL Title Win for Sydney Sixers
Read more

With 95 runs and a crucial catch, James Vince emerged the star of the BBL final to help Sydney Sixers beat Perth Scorchers by 27 runs on Saturday en route to Sixers’ third title. Thanks to Vince’s blistering knock that contained 10 fours and three sixes, Sixers mounted a challenging score of 188/6 before restricting […]

BBL Players Most Likely to Benefit from the IPL 2021 Auction
BBL Players Most Likely to Benefit from the IPL 2021 Auction
Read more

After a brilliant BBL season, Alex Hales and Jhye Richardson appear to be the most likely among BBL stars to land a lucrative contract at the IPL auction this year. While Hales has a base price of A$268,000, Richardson is available for a base price of A$357,000. Apart from these two, the following are nine […]

Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes BBL 10 - Match 55 Preview
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes: BBL 10 – Match 55 Preview
Read more

Date: January 26th, 2021 Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, VIC. In the final game of the regular BBL 10 season, there is plenty to play for as the Hobart Hurricanes travel to the MCG to take on the Melbourne Renegades. The hosts have endured a tough campaign and find themselves at the bottom of the BBL […]

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Match 53 Preview
Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Match 53 Preview
Read more

Date: January 25, 2021 Venue: Adelaide Oval, SA. The business end of BBL 10 is very much on the horizon and with 5 sides making it to the end of season play-offs, both the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder are very much in contention to finish in the league’s top 5. This game is the […]

Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat Match 54 Preview January 26, 2021
Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat Match 54 Preview: January 26, 2021
Read more

In this article, we preview Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat, match 54 of the Big Bash League Season 10 to be played on 26 January. Perth Scorchers are currently in 4th place on the points table with five wins in nine matches played, while Brisbane Heat are one rung below them, with five wins in […]