Melbourne Renegades are in a bad slump right now and will be looking to change their fortunes against Sydney Thunder.
Back Sydney Thunder to win this clash.
Melbourne Renegades are having a horrible season after starting off well and are stranded at the 7th position in the points table currently. They desperately need a few wins under their belt to climb up the ladder. But things won’t get any easier for them as they face an in-form Sydney Thunder in their next game. Sydney has already beaten the Renegades once this season with great ease and would be eager to repeat that performance to move to the No.1 position in the points table.
When the Melbourne Renegades started this season with a 7-wicket win against the Perth Scorchers, it felt as if this time they are determined to put up a better show and leave the performance of last year behind. However, they have now suffered 4 losses in a row and are rooted at the bottom end of the table.
The Renegades are coming off a narrow 2-wicket loss against Sydney Sixers. After posting 169-6 on the board, the Renegades lost the game with just one ball to spare and having taken 8 opposition wickets. It wasn’t a bad performance, and they would have clinched the game if the last over had gone their way.
Despite that loss, the Renegades would be happy that at least their top order got some runs with captain Aaron Finch (39 off 32 balls) and Shaun Marsh (67 off 48 balls) looking in good touch. However, their middle-order needs to take more responsibility and the likes of Sam Harper, Rilee Rossouw, and Mohammad Nabi would really need to make an impact now.
Kane Richardson would again be leading the bowling unit along with Will Sutherland who had a poor outing in the last game. Spinner Imad Wasim should also be watched out for.
Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Mackenzie Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans, Peter Hatzoglou
RR Rossouw, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Perry, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, SI Wasim, Shaun Marsh, KW Richardson, Mohammad Nabi, Peter Hatzoglou, Will Sutherland
Sydney Thunder is in prime form right now and is on a 4-match winning spree. Their last two wins have been huge – by 129 runs against the Melbourne Renegades and by 75 runs against the Melbourne Stars. In both those matches, Sydney posted totals of 200-plus and their batting unit is really looking dangerous now.
Sydney's top and middle-order are firing on all cylinders right now with Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, skipper Callum Ferguson, Oliver Davies, and Daniel Sams all looking in good knick. Opener Hales struck a sensational 29 ball 71 against the Stars in the last game while Ferguson made a solid 51 off 33 balls. This batting unit will pose the biggest threat to the Renegades.
Sydney bowling too has been excellent, and they have restricted oppositions quite well. Adam Milne and Daniel Sams make for a good opening bowling duo while spinners Chris Green and Tanveer Sangha are doing a great job by throttling batsmen in the middle. In the last two games, the two spinners have taken a combined 12 wickets between them and will again be the aces in the pack for Thunder.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Oliver Davies, Sam Billings (wk), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Chris Tremain, Tanveer Sangha
Alex Hales, Ben Cutting, CP Tremain, Sam Billings, Daniel Sams, Nathan John McAndrew, Christopher Green, Usman Khawaja, Oliver Davies, Callum Ferguson, Tanveer Sangha
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||23||0.69 mm.||5.35 k/h||From: ENE||99%|
|03h||25||4.13 mm.||4.22 k/h||From: ENE||91%|
|06h||26||4.44 mm.||3.62 k/h||From: ENE||95%|
|09h||22||9.19 mm.||3.86 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|12h||22||4.00 mm.||2.11 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|15h||21||3.19 mm.||2.41 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|18h||21||2.50 mm.||2.34 k/h||From: N||100%|
|21h||21||0.19 mm.||3.14 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
The pitch at the Carrara Oval in Queensland is quite good for batting. It’s hard early on and tends to remain true throughout the 40 overs. Batsmen will enjoy their time here and bowlers should get some healthy bounce early on. The role of spinners will be crucial as they can extract some purchase towards the middle overs.
The weather forecast at Queensland for the day of the game isn’t quite bright, unfortunately. Some thunderstorms are expected and we might have a shortened game.
We have seen two matches at the Carrara Oval in Queensland this season. In the first game here this season between Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars, a match aggregate of 387 runs was achieved. Even the next game was reasonably high-scoring. The team batting first would look to target a total of around at least 180 to feel safe.
The chasing teams have won both the games so far at this venue this season and with rain on the radar, batting second after winning the toss should be the way to go.
Earlier this season, Sydney Thunder had crushed the Melbourne Renegades by 129 runs. That loss had a demoralizing effect on the Renegades and they haven’t recovered from it yet. The loss would be playing on their mind again as they take on Sydney with the hope of making amends. It won’t be easy, however, as Sydney is in prime winning form while the Renegades are struggling to get their act together. Expect Sydney Thunder to dominate again and clinch this game.
Back Sydney Thunder to win this clash.