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Preview: Stars vs Thunder

08 January 2020

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Everything you need to know about Thunder’s trip to the MCG

Match information:

Wednesday 8 January | MCG | 7:10pm AEDT

How to watch:

Fans across the Thunder Nation can watch live on Fox Cricket and 7Cricket, or stream online with a Kayo subscription. Radio coverage available from ABC Grandstand.

Last time they met:

The Stars won a thriller at Sydney Showground Stadium.

Thunder had a shaky start, losing the two key wickets of Alex Hales (0) and Usman Khawaja (1) in the first two overs, however Alex Ross (40 from 32), Matthew Gilkes (28 from 27) and Arjun Nair (17* from 11) combined to help Thunder reach a competitive total of 142.

With the Stars needing just 20 runs from 24 balls with Marcus Stoinis (58) and Nick Larkin (65) in the middle and nine wickets in hand, the game appeared all but over... but then Thunder claimed 6/19 to take the game right down to the wire.

Check out all the highlights in the video below.

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The season so far:

After a strong start to BBL|09, Thunder has dropped two matches in a row, including one to the Stars last Thursday at Sydney Showground Stadium, and will be hoping to return to winning ways in Melbourne.   

The Stars are currently sitting on top of the BBL|09 table. The Melbourne side have won five out of their first six games, falling only to the Adelaide Strikers at Metricon Stadium.

Squads:

Players to watch:

Daniel Sams and Haris Rauf.

The two quicks have been in damaging form throughout BBL|09.

Sams is the League's current leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets from seven games.

The left-arm quick claimed the prized wickets of Stars opener Nic Maddison and skipper Glenn Maxwell last time these two sides met, as well as the wicket of Ben Dunk.

After getting a late call-up, Rauf has established himself as one of the most dangerous bowlers in the tournament.

The right-arm quick from Pakistan has taken 10 wickets from three games at an average of 7.10, including best figures of 5/27 against the Hobart Hurricanes in Moe.

 BBL|09 tickets:

Saturday 11 January | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | Sydney Showground Stadium | 6.10PM

Wednesday 15 January | Vs Melbourne Renegades | Manuka Oval | 6.10pm

Saturday 18 January | Vs Sydney Sixers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7.10PM

Sunday 26 January | Vs Perth Scorchers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 2.45PM