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Toss Winner - Melbourne Renegades won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Renegades by 129 runs
Renegades’ challenge at home against Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Docklands Stadium, Victoria, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Melbourne Renegades would face a tough challenge taking on the Sydney Thunder in the 40th game of the Big Bash League 2021-22. The Renegades come here with a big win against Brisbane Heat, and they would like to drive this momentum forward. The Sydney Thunder defeated the Perth Scorchers in a rain-affected game.
Sydney Thunder is in red hot form. The side has won the last four games in a row and done well with the bat and the ball. They have won the last three out of four games between the two teams. Melbourne Renegades have struggled for most of the season and it would be interesting to see if they can pull off a win against all odds here.
It has been two wins in a row for Nic Maddinson’s side and they have made most out of their opponents being hit by Covid. It was an easy win for the side in their last game against the Brisbane Heat. Sydney Thunder would be a tough side to beat but Maddinson shall want his players to carry this momentum forward and improve their position on the points table.
Aaron Finch is looking good, and he would have to set up a good opening wicket stand with Sam Harper who is struggling right now. The middle order is strong with Maddinson and Shaun Marsh in there. Their lower middle order has struggled in most games and runs would be expected here from the bats of Mackenzie Harvey, James Seymour, and Will Sutherland.
It has been a good bowling effort by the side in the last two games and they would expect to continue with the same efforts. James Pattinson and Zak Evans were slightly expensive, and they would aim for better efforts with the ball. Kane Richardson has an important role to play in the middle overs with Sutherland. The side would be happy with Mohammad Nabi striking form, and similar efforts would be expected from him.
Nic Maddinson (c), Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mackenzie Harvey, James Seymour, Will Sutherland, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans, Zahir Khan, Mohammad Nabi
James Seymour, Aaron Finch, Mackenzie Harvey, Zahir Khan, Shaun Marsh, Nic Maddinson, Josh Lalor, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans, Sam Harper, Will Sutherland
It has been four wins in a row for Chris Green’s side. They come here with a 6-wicket win against the Perth Scorchers and the side would be confident going into this contest. They have Alex Hales back in the side after the Covid scare and this is great news for the side. Green would be eager to win this game as this would take them to the second spot on the points table.
Alex Hales and Matthew Gilkes did well in the last game and a similar effort would be expected from them here. In the middle order, Jason Sangha has looked brilliant so far and he would be aiming to add runs with Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, and Daniel Sams which makes it a power-packed batting line-up.
Gurinder Sandhu looked good with the new ball in the last game, and he would aim to get early wickets with Saqib Mahmood. Nathan McAndrew and Sams come here with good performances in the last few games, and this would add to their confidence. Ben Cutting and Green would look to bowl good lines in this game.
Chris Green (c), Alex Hales, Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Nathan McAndrew, Saqib Mahmood
Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Matthew Gilkes, Baxter J Holt, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Tanveer Sangha, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Oliver Davies
There would be cloud cover over Melbourne on January 08 and conditions are expected to be tough for the batsmen. They will need to play with caution and avoid playing rash strokes. Fast bowlers are likely to enjoy the conditions in this game. The side batting first would need more than 160 runs on the board to win here.
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne has a flat surface and the outfield here is fast and we have seen sides put up big scores at this venue in the past. Fast bowled do get a hint of assistance from the track but it is a very challenging venue for the spinners as the shorter boundaries doesn’t leave margin for error.
The few games played here at this venue have seen the side batting put up decent scores on the board and defend them successfully. Chasing scores is difficult as the wicket tends to get slower as the game progresses. Either of the sides winning to toss here would have little hesitation in opting to bowl first.
It will be a big challenge for Melbourne Renegades in this game. The side would be up against one of the best sides in the tournament and they will have to be at their best and win it for the side here. The Sydney Thunder have played well and have their batsmen in good form and this would put them ahead of the Renegades.
Sydney Thunder to win
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