Sydney Sixers Women (SS-W) take on Melbourne Stars Women (MS-W) in match 1 of Women’s Big Bash League 2021 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Thursday, October 14.

SS-W vs MS-W Dream11 prediction

Despite being a finalist in WBBL 2020, Melbourne Stars Women appear a bit weaker on paper following the departures of English pair Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt. In contrast, Sydney Sixers Women have bolstered their batting strength with the signing of Shafali Verma and the Indian opener is expected to form a devastating partnership with Australian superstar Alyssa Healy at the top of the order.

The head-to-head record between SS-W and MS-W is in favour of Melbourne Stars (six wins in 12 games), but considering Sydney Stars have won three of the last five meetings (one match abandoned), Ellyse Perry’s Sydney team will be favourites to win the curtain raiser of WBBL 2021.

SS-W vs MS-W Dream11 team tips for Women’s Big Bash League 2021

Top tip: Best batter

MS-W captain Meg Lanning will be favoured by fantasy players as the top batter for SS-W vs MS-W. The 29-year-old has been drafted in by 87.3 fantasy players and has registered a whopping 2,475 runs in 65 innings in the WBBL.

Top tip: Best bowler

26-year-old Linsey Smith is one of the new faces in Melbourne Stars Women, and she heads into the competition on the back of a 100-ball League campaign where she finished as Leed’s leading wicket-taker with nine scalps. The English spinner has been selected by 91.34 per cent fantasy players and will look to repay their faith with a match-winning spell against Sydney Sixers Women.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

With 1,679 runs and 35 wickets in 84 WBBL matches, Ashleigh Gardner will be the all-rounder to watch out for come Thursday. The SS-W star had a rather disappointing 2020 season as she registered just 93 runs and six wickets, but will hope to make a strong statement with the bat and ball in the season-opener against Melbourne Stars Women.

Among the wicket-keepers, it goes without saying that Alyssa Healy should be the preferred choice. The SS-W keeper has accounted for 80 dismissals (46 catches and 34 stumpings) in 86 WBBL innings, making her a threat to MS-W batters.

SS-W vs MS-W probable playing XI

SS-W playing XI (probable): Ellyse Perry (captain), Alyssa Healy (wicket-keeper), Shafali Verma, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Emma Hughes, Angela Reakes

MS-W playing XI (probable): Meg Lanning (captain), Linsey Smith, Tess Flintoff, Erin Osbourne, Nicole Faltum (wicket-keeper), Kimberley Garth, Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani, Maia Bouchier, Rhys McKenna, Georgia Gall

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