Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder have won the bat flip, and they’ll bowl first.

6.31pm Even as the BBL continues, everyone’s eyes and ears are, as you’d expect, on The Ashes. And in Brisbane, Dawid Malan and Joe Root are leading a terrific fightback of sorts for England. They still have quite a long way to do, but well, at least the Australians ain’t having it easy. Join Matt Roller on ball-by-ball. If colour, analysis and a fabulous second-screen experience is your thing, Alex Malcolm is your man on our #LiveReport.

6.20pm Warm welcome one and all. Welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s BBL coverage. Tonight, we’ve got the Melbourne Stars in action against Sydney Thunder.

On the opening night of the competition, the Stars received quite a pounding at the hands of the Sixers. Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques and James Vince filled their coffers full of runs before the Stars crashed and burned to 61 all out. They’ll quickly have to put that 152-run loss behind them. Can they?

Meanwhile for Thunder, it was Alex Ross and Sam Billings who had a big hand in their opening win over Brisbane Heat. So we’re set up nicely, I’ll be joined by Srivathsa, who makes his debut on cricinfo ball-by-ball, a little later.

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