Second plays fourth as the two teams in Green look to cement a position in the top 5 on the table.
The Thunder have been the surprise packets of the competition this year. They have now won three games in a row now and it has been largely thanks to some of their younger players.
20 year old Oliver Davies has been a revelation for the Thunder. He has 84 runs at an average of 42 and has shown he has the ability to clear the fences.
With the ball it has been 19 year old Tanveer Sanga – he took 4/14 in the Thunders win over the Melbourne Renegades on boxing day. An exciting talent!
As I alluded to earlier the Stars were involved in one of the great games of BBL cricket on boxing day. They were in big trouble early, slumping to 4/49 with tbe bat, before a master class in boundary hitting from Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran saw them post 193 – a total that was well above par.
It was a night to forget with the ball for the Stars. In a rare occurrence leg spinner Adam Zampa conceded over 11 runs per over from his 4 overs as Daniel Hughes launched him into the stands on multiple occasions. However it was a break down in communication which lead to Glenn Maxwell being forced to bowl the last over that ended up costing the Stars. It should of been Coulter-Nile however he was deemed unable to bowl after spending time off the ground during the previous overs. Maxwell conceded 20 as the Sixers past the Stars total with a ball to spare.
Importantly, the Stars will regain Marcus Stoinis for this clash & I am expecting them to bounce back in a big way. After starting the tournament with two wins they will be determined not to slip back into the pack.