Melbourne Stars (STA) take on Sydney Thunder (THU) in the seventh match of Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, December 10.

STA vs THU Dream11 prediction

The two sides head into the contest with contrasting results. While THU humbled Brisbane Heat with a seven-wicket win in their first assignment of BBL 2021-22, STA suffered a humiliating 152-run defeat at the hands of defending champions Sydney Sixers.

Based on momentum, team combination and how both sides performed in their season opener, we predict a convincing win for Sydney Thunder against Melbourne Stars on Friday.

STA vs THU Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Alex Ross starts as the batter to watch for in the STA vs THU clash. The right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 46-ball 61 against HEA in the opening match and he will be eager to replicate his performance again. With 102 fantasy points, the Australian should be an easy pick for most fantasy players. 

Top tip: Best bowler

THU’s Gurinder Sandhu is favoured as the top bowler for this clash. The Indian-origin pacer opened his account for BBL 2021-22 with two wickets against Brisbane Heat and is tipped to restrict STA’s top-order from scoring too many runs in the middle overs. The 28-year-old heads into the fixture with 60 fantasy points.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Daniel Sams is an excellent all-round option. The THU player grabbed three wickets in his previous game, and helped keep the game’s tempo in check. He should be amongst some runs soon as well, which is why fantasy players might want to draft him in for 9.5 credits.

Sam Billings qualifies as a smart wicket-keeping pick for this contest. The English wicket-keeper scored an unbeaten 36-ball 44 against Brisbane Heat while accounting for two caught dismissals behind the wickets. Available at 9.0 credits, he is a good buy.

STA vs THU probable playing XI

STA playing XI (probable): Joe Clarke, Peter Nevill (wicket-keeper), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (captain), Hilton Cartwright, Andre Russell, Sam Rainbird, Samuel Elliott, Brody Couch, Adam Zampa, Syed Faridoun

THU playing XI (probable): Alex Hales, Sam Whiteman, Matthew Gilkes, Sam Billings (wicket-keeper), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Chris Green (captain), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha

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