Melbourne Stars have found a great rhythm and look certain to book their place in the final 4 now.
Melbourne Stars are favourites to win this clash.
Melbourne Stars have taken another step towards qualifying for the top 4 in the current season of the BBL with a solid win against the Melbourne Renegades. They are now tied at 23 points with 2nd placed Sydney Thunder and would be looking to go ahead of them. What would help is that their next game is against the Renegades again who have really lost the plot this time. The Renegades stay rooted to the last place on the table and it looks unlikely they will make any further progress from here given their form. The Stars will hence begin as overwhelming favorites for this clash.
Melbourne Stars have now won two back-to-back matches and would be confident of making in three in a row as they taken on Melbourne Renegades again. In their previous encounter, the Stars restricted the Renegades to just 150 runs and then chased the target down with 6 wickets and 5 balls to spare.
For the Stars, Marcus Stoinis was again at the forefront with a solid 43. He’s been the leading run-getter of the season with 333 runs and along with Glenn Maxwell (312 runs) has held the batting unit together. Nick Larkin’s composed 43 in the previous game would have given the team much confidence. With Andre Fletcher and Hilton Cartwright in there too, the batting unit looks pretty settled.
The Stars’ bowling has been led primarily by leg-spinner Adam Zampa (18 wickets) along with Billy Stanlake (12 wickets). Liam Hatcher has been in good nick too and is fresh of a spell of 3-29 in the last match against the Renegades. These three would again be the main bowlers to watch out for.
Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (wk), Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan
Aaron Finch, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, SI Wasim, Shaun Marsh, Jake Fraser McGurk, Zak Evans, Peter Hatzoglou, BJ Webster
There’s not much to write about the Melbourne Renegades this season. They continue to perform poorly and are on a 5-match losing streak. Even in the last game against the Stars, they capitulated meekly and let the opposition dominate them in all departments. With that defeat, the Renegades now have 9 losses and just 2 wins in 11 matches and it looks unlikely that their fortunes will change any further this season.
The biggest issue with the Renegades is that their batting has revolved around two men – Shaun Marsh (271 runs) and Sam Harper (236 runs). The others have been terribly inconsistent, including captain Aaron Finch who fell for a duck in the last match. With Mohammad Nabi's departure, the Renegades’ batting looks even more brittle and they would be hoping that Marsh and Harper, who got a superb 63 in the previous game, bail them out again.
On the bowling front too, the Renegades have had just two dependable performers - Kane Richardson (15 wickets) and Peter Hatzoglou (13 wickets). The others have been largely erratic and this gives the opposition batsmen enough cushion to take their chances and dominate.
Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Beau Webster, Imad Wasim, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, Peter Hatzoglou, Noor Ahmad
Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Zahir Khan, Nic Maddinson, Sebastian Gotch, N Larkin, ADS Fletcher, Glenn Maxwell, Liam Hatcher
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The pitch at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne is generally an even surface with something in it for both the batsmen and the bowlers. Seamers will get some bounce and movement but batsmen who get their eye in can make it count. Batting should be easier in the first half.
The weather forecast at Melbourne on the day of the game is clear and hence we should get a full match.
The average total batting first at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne has decreased over the years. It was 171 in 2017 and has slipped to 166 in 2020, largely because the wicket has slowed down a bit. Thus, a total of around 160-170 by the team batting first in this game should be a match-winning one.
The team winning the toss will look to bat first as setting a target has yielded better results on this venue.
Melbourne Stars have won 4 of the last 5 matches they have played against Melbourne Renegades, including the last time they clashed in the ongoing BBL. That victory makes the Stars favorites for this clash. Even more so because the Renegades have slipped into a hole and look completely out of sorts. It will take a herculean effort from the Renegades to stop the Stars on current form. The Stars are looking in a great rhythm and are strong in all departments. They should dominate this contest.
Melbourne Stars are favourites to win this clash.