Sydney Thunders and Melbourne Stars will clash in the game three of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 season in Canberra on Friday. Both teams will be eager to start their new campaign on a high after a disappointing run in the previous editions.In the 2017-18 season, Thunders finished on the sixth spot, whereas Stars finished last with just two wins out of 10.
In the batting department, the home side will be depending on captain Shane Watson, experienced Callum Ferguson, Jos Buttler and Joe Root to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Gurinder Sindhu, Fawad Ahmed and Chris Jordan to provide timely breakthroughs.
On the other hand, Stars will be banking on captain Glenn Maxwell in the batting department as it looks a weaken unit with the departure of Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and with the injury of Nic Maddinson, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Adam Zampa, Jackson Bird and Liam Plunkett to provide timely breakthroughs. In the last five clashes between both sides, Thunders came out on top on four occasions, whereas Stars just emerged victorious once.
Glenn Maxwell – 9.5 Cr
First in the list of key players features Melbourne Stars' Glenn Maxwell. The 30-year-old is a seasoned campaigner in T20 leagues all over the world and has the ability to turn the game upside down in the matter of few minutes with the bat