The task is simple for the Melbourne Stars on Sunday with victory need over the Sydney Sixers at the MCG to make the BBL08 finals.
The Stars (W6, L7) must win against the already-qualified Sixers (W8, L5) at the MCG to extend their season and leapfrog Brisbane Heat into fourth spot on the ladder.
Head to Head
There is little to split the Stars and Sixers in history with the overall head to head standing at 5-4 Melbourne’s victory in the reverse fixture. At the MCG, it is 2-2 with the Sixers winning on their last two visits.
Stars have won five of the last eight matches against the Sixers.
However, the Sixers have won three of the last four head to heads.
At the MCG, the record is 2-2, with Sixers winning the last two matches at this venue.
The Stars were at the receiving end of a ten-wicket thrashing at the hands of Brisbane Heat in their last match. That had a negative effect on their run-rate, but a win against the Sixers can guarantee progress for the Stars at the expense of the Heat.
Losing two consecutive matches is a worry for the Stars, but they can put it to rest by winning this match. They did beat the Sixers earlier in the season, with Peter Handscomb leading the five-wicket victory march.
The Sixers are guaranteed a finals place and can secure the second spot behind the Hurricanes if they can avoid a big defeat in this match. If the Sixers lose by 62 or 7.4 overs, their Net run rate (NRR) will drop below that of the Renegades.
It will be 10 days since the Sixers last took the field. It will be a challenge for them to maintain the same tempo, but the run of four wins gives them momentum.
Both sides desperately need a win for contrasting reasons. This game has all the makings of a classic, but steer clear of the result and back the Sixers for more sixes!
Prediction: Most Sixes – Sydney Sixers ($2.40 MadBookie)