Sydney Sixers vs. Melbourne Stars
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Sydney Sixers vs. Melbourne Stars
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Tuesday, January 23 from 7.40pm AEDT at the SCG, Sydney.
AT the start of the season, many pundits, including this website, comfortably predicted the Sydney Sixers to be near the bottom of the BBL07 ladder.
What no one saw coming was the Melbourne Stars‘ capitulation.
Now two of the worst-performed sides of the summer get a chance to duel it out for a consolation win on Tuesday night.
And the news isn’t good for the Stars, because the Sixers have hit a purple patch of form.
After starting the season off at 0-6, the men in pink have won three on the trot, beating up on the Stars, Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat in convincing fashion.
Such is their current form, if the season had more than one match left for the Sixers, you’d almost back them in to make finals.
Test spinner Nathan Lyon has been a revelation since joining the team after the Ashes series, while West Indian import Carlos Brathwaite has injected some much-needed firepower.
But unfortunately for the club, it’s too little, too late as far as a finals push goes.
The season of woe is almost over for the Stars. If they beat the Sixers in this match and won their last game there is a chance they’d jump off the bottom of the ladder, but it’s very unlikely.
Will the Sixers finish the season with four wins straight? Let’s take a look at the form for the key players and value markets.
Nathan Lyon odds & betting vs. Melbourne Stars
The Goat, Nathan ‘Garry’ Lyon, has had one hell of a summer and the calls for his inclusion into the Australian One Day and T20 teams gets louder and louder.
In his three games for the Sydney Sixers, Lyon has taken six wickets at an economy of less than five an over. He has been a key component to the Sixers’ deadly bowling lineup – they haven’t lost since he came into the side.
Playing at the spin-friendly SCG, Lyon will be a handful for a Stars team that has struggled with quality bowling all summer.
Let’s take a look at his key markets:
Lyon odds vs. Stars:
- Most Sydney wickets: +275 @ Sportsbet.com.au
- Man of the match: $13 @ Sportsbet.com.au
- Top run-scorer: $101 @ Sportsbet.com.au
This is a situation tailer-made for Garry. The SCG is turning, the Stars are struggling and he’ll be desperate to continue his form and push for Australian limited overs selection.
We really like the $3.75 for the most Sixers wickets and if he takes 3-4 scalps at a good economy, he’s in play for the man of the match award at $13.
Top run-scorer betting, Sixers vs. Stars
Such has been the Sixers dominance of late, that Moises Henriques has rarely had to bat at number four in the order.
Enriques has a solid record at the SCG and if the Stars get early wickets he’ll have a big job to do. We like the $5.50 he’s offering in this market at WilliamHill.com.au.
Can Kevin Pietersen deliver one more masterclass in what will be his last first class game of cricket on the SCG?
WilliamHill has him as the +270 favourite to deliver at the top of the Stars batting line up and we’re going to back him in.
If there’s one thing Pietersen has always had, it’s a sense of theatre – keep an eye on the old South African as he tries to sign off on a high note.
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