The Sixers will be out for a fourth consecutive victory when they line up against the Stars at the SCG tonight. A victory would also give Sydney the season double over their southern rival after the men in magenta ran out eight-wicket victors when these sides met last week. Still, Melbourne can’t be written off and although a win remains unlikely, there will be plenty snapping up the generous $2.40 odds on a side that has a good record at the SCG (2-1) and features an in-form Glenn Maxwell. For the record though, Melbourne has notched up just one triumph this season and even if they manage a win in each of their two remaining fixtures, BBL|07 will go down as the franchise’s worst season to date from a win/loss perspective.
Key stat: 300+ runs have been scored in five of the seven matches between this pair.
Nic Maddision was in imperious touch when these sides last met, posting 62 off 31 balls to help his side chase down Melbourne’s 128 inside 16 overs. The attacking left-hand bat has now banked scores of 17*, 62, 28, 7, 24 and 30 across his last six innings and at a juicy $4+ price to be the Sixers’ top scorer, should prove very popular with punters. Kevin Pietersen and Glenn Maxwell shape as the players most likely for the Stars, however, Peter Handscomb boast an average of 38.50 against Sydney and could be the man to add respectability to the innings in the event of a top-order collapse.
Key stat: Glenn Maxwell is the highest run scorer in all matches between Sydney and Melbourne whilst Nic Maddison is the third highest
Tip: Sixers to win and have the highest opening partnership