After succumbing to the Sixers in their last game, the Stars’ sole win of the season is now long forgotten. To rub salt into the would, the franchise has lost players to representative duty and start behind in betting to the Thunder despite the match taking place at the MCG. Similarly, the Thunder have been below their best for much of the tournament but will point to their big win over competition favourites, Perth Scorchers, on January 19 as evidence of their ability. For the record, the Sydney side go into this fixture with three consecutive victories over the Stars and have a record against their southern rival at the G of 3-1
Key stat: Playing against each other, both sides average over 150+ with the bat.
In four matches against the Stars, Usman Khawaja has compiled 205 runs at an average of 68.33. Despite missing out on a big score last game, the stylish left-hand bat banked 85 and 171 in the two games prior (all formats) and appeared in the kind of touch that saw him finish 2nd on the BBL run scorers list in 2015/16. For the Stars, the generous $4.50 odds on Glenn Maxwell are sure to be snapped up by savvy punters as the former Test batsman hasn’t been dismissed for a -25 score in his last five games.
Key stat: Glenn Maxwell’s last five scores at the MCG (all formats) are 28, 33, 50, 96, 4 and 45