December 20, 2018
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MLS vs SDT Dream11 Prediction, BBL Match Preview, Team News & Playing 11

By Yash Mittal

MLS vs SDT Dream11 Prediction

Big Bash League, 2018 | Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunders, Match 03 | MLS vs SDT Who Will Win

The Big Picture

The third match of the 2018 Big Bash League will see Melbourne Stars square off against Sydney Thunders in what is expected to be a pulsating encounter. This will be an important season for both sides. After spending six seasons at the top of the ladder, the Stars went to the doghouse in the last season and claiming the wooden spoon. Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, will be vying to get their name into the finals after having spent all the preceding seasons outside the top two.

The Stars sweat over the Playing 11

Devasted by injuries to Nic Maddinson, Seb Gotch and Dan Worrall and with incumbent skipper Peter Handscomb on Test duty, the Stars are sweating over their team combination. Ben Dunk needs to fire at the top of the order. Signed as a marquee player last year, Dunk had an underwhelming season, having registered 115 runs in 10 innings.

With the top-order looking thin on paper, the Stars will look to the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Renegades import Dwayne Bravo to play a crucial role. The bowling department looks good with Nepal import Sandeep Lamichanne, Michael Beer, who has become an out-and-out opening bowler while Boland, Bird and Zampa need to improve from a lacklustre season last year.

Global Superstars beef up Thunder squad

Global superstars in Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Shane Watson give the Sydney based franchise a cutting edge at the top of the order but there’s plenty of intrigue around the make-up of their bowling line-up. The squad has almost every base covered; should it be a spin-friendly wicket, they have the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Chis Green and Arjun Nair, or if it is a seamer-friendly attack, it brings Gurinder Sandhu, Daniel Sams and Sam Rainbird into the game.

Match Details

Venue:-Manuka Oval, Canberra

Match Timing:- Friday, December 21, 2018, 01:45 PM IST

Read on for MLS vs SDT team news and MLS vs SDT dream11 prediction.

MLS vs SDT Team News:

  • The Stars have named a 13-man unit for their tournament opener with as many as five debutants in Bravo, Travis Dean, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nick Larkin and Lance Morris set to feature.

  • Sydney Thunder Coach Shane Bond has named a 13-player squad with the likes of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Jason Sangha set to make their debut.

MLS vs SDT Squads

Melbourne Stars

Glenn Maxwell [c], Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Dwayne Bravo, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nick Larkin, Lance Morris, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa

Sydney Thunder
Shane Watson [c], Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jason Sangha, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Jono Cook, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Sam Rainbird, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu
MLS vs SDT Playing 11:

Here’s how both teams’ might line-up:-

Melbourne Stars

Batsmen – Glenn Maxwell, Nick Larkin, Travis Dean

Wicket-keeper – Ben Dunk

All-rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis

Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Michael Beer

Sydney Thunder

Batsmen:- Shane Watson, Joe Root, Calum Ferguson

Wicket-Keeper:- Jos Buttler

All-rounders:-  Jason Sangha, Arjun Nair, Nathan Mcandrew

Bowlers:- Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed, Daniel Sams, Chris Green

MLS vs SDT Dream11 Team:

Batters + Wicket-Keeper

If you look at the batting line-up of both sides, with the addition of international superstars, Sydney Thunder looks a formidable line-up with the likes of Buttler, Watson, Ferguson and Root set to up the ante.

From Melbourne Stars, Glenn Maxwell and Ben Dunk will be key. My pick for the batting line-up would be Watson, Buttler, Root and Maxwell.

Buttler will also don the wicket-keeping gloves.


If Sydney boasts of a formidable batting line-up, the Stars have beefed up their all-rounder’s slot by roping in Dwayne Bravo and the omnipresent Marcus Stoinis. They will spearhead the all-rounder’s spot of my Dream11 team as well.

Other Options:- Jason Sangha


Fawad Ahmed has had a great year thus far in T20 cricket, claiming 29 wickets at an average of 14.70. He, along with Lamichhane will lead the spinners department while Sandhu, Beer and Coleman will spearhead the fast bowling department

Captain/Vice-Captain Picks

Jos Buttler, Shane Watson, Marcus Stonis, Dwayne Bravo&  Glenn Maxwell

Team 01 & 02

Disclaimer- This MLS vs SDT  Dream11 prediction is based on news sourced from various sources. We suggest you pick your playing 11 as per your discretion from the squad listed above basis MLS vs SDT Team News.

Yash Mittal

Just a Cricket lover!!

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