BBL 12 Tips – Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars

Marcus Stoinis

The Stars look the value when they travel to Canberra to meet the Thunder to kick off another season of Big Bash action.

Best Bet

Melbourne Stars

The Stars are the clear play in the BBL|12 opener given their brilliant head-to-head record against the Thunder.

David Hussey’s men have dominated this match-up of late, winning 7 of the last 8 games. The Thunder have also lost 7 of their last 10 as home favourites. The underdogs have won 17 of the last 28 Thunder games as well.

While Glenn Maxwell’s freak leg injury is a major blow for the Stars, they have recruited Kiwi great Trent Boult and their batting remains deep and experienced, led by Marcus Stoinis.

The Stars have been the BBL’s perennial underachievers but they have a great chance to open the new season with a win as outsiders here.

Value Bets

Jason Sangha
Top Thunder Batter

Overs here for our man Jason Sangha, the player we’ve picked for top tournament run scorer at $34.

Sangha notched up the fifth-most runs of any player in BBL|11 and averaged more than any player in the top ten run scorers.

While Alex Hales is coming off a scintillating T20 World Cup, his hard-hitting approach can be inconsistent, while Sangha has passed 20 runs in seven of his last eight BBL innings.

Gurinder Sandhu
Most Thunder Wickets

Sandhu is coming off a terrific BBL|11 campaign, taking 18 scalps at a brilliant strike rate of just 13.06.

He’s been the Thunder’s top wicket taker in four of their last five matches and should be favourite in this market but instead he’s on the fifth line of betting. Value.

Same Game Multi

Stars H2H / J.Sangha 20+ Runs / A.Zampa & G.Sandhu 1+ Wickets

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