This will be the first of back-to-back matches to be played between these two teams within three days, with the second meeting scheduled for Sunday.
Sydney have made a winning start to the season, quite easily beating Brisbane Heat by seven wickets to collect four points in the generously rewarding Big Bash League.
The architects of their victory were their trio of pacers namely Gurinder Sandhu, Daniel Sams, and Nathan McAndre, with the former two claiming a pair each and the latter finishing with three.
In the run chase, the Thunder had their hiccups initially but then Sam Billings and Alex Ross got together for a 109-run partnership for the fourth wicket to get their side home.
The Thunder thrashed the Stars the last time they met but had lost four straight to them before that. Could they turn that win into a spree or a run? They can if their bowlers remain on song again.
Melbourne Stars could not have imagined a more horrific start for themselves in this Big Bash League. In their opener against Sydney Sixers, they were thrashed by 152 runs.
Literally, nothing worked for the Stars in this game. They first let the Sixers amass 213-4 and were then bundled out for a mere 61.
Only two batsmen managed to get into double figures as the Stars imploded, managing to last a little more than half of their allotted 20 overs.
They finished seventh last year and missed out on the playoffs, and judging by their performance in their first game, it seems as if this year is not going to be any different.