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Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League 2018/19, Today Match Prediction 30 Jan 2019

Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

140/7 in 20.0


113/10 in 19.1


Toss Winner - Melbourne Renegades won the toss and chose to bat first

Melbourne Renegades beat Sydney Thunder by 27 runs

Melbourne Renegades will win the Match

  • Renegades are currently in Second position with 14 points from 7 wins from their 12 matches. They are just a win away from qualification.
  • Sydney Thunder is currently placed at fifth position with 5 wins in 11 matches (11 points). They are just one point shy of third placed team. 
  • Melbourne Renegades beat Sydney Thunder by 12 runs last time they met about a week ago. 
  • Renegades have just won 2 out of the 4 matches played at this ground, whereas this is the only match for Sydney thunders here.

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Sydney Thunder: WLNWLLWLLWW

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Our predictions is Melbourne Renegades will win the match!

Tournament: Big Bash League 2018/19 | Format: Twenty20 | Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne | Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL First

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Welcome to the preview of Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder. Both the teams are in contention for the playoff spot and win in this match improves the chances for qualification.

Melbourne Renegades are in second position after their dominating win against Perth Scorchers. Skipper Aaron Finch will be mighty pleased with the performance of the team. McKenzie Harvey, Simon Harper and Tom Cooper have been the batting mainstays scoring the bulk of runs for the team. Daniel Christian and Mohammed Nabi form excellent all rounder capable of big hitting and squeeze some over’s whenever presented the opportunity.

Chris Tremain, Harry Gurney and Kane Richarson are the pace bowlers leading the charge for the team. They are in excellent rhythm and are treat to watch operating in tandem. Cameron Boyce combines with Mohammed Nabi to guide the middle overs with spin bowling. 

Sydney Thunder is coming after an impressive win against Perth Scorchers by chasing a high score of 181 runs. Callum Ferguson was the tormentor in chief with 113 runs last match. Skipper Shane Watson has been in scintillating form and he scored a century a couple of matches ago against the Brisbane Heat.

Jason Sangha, Mathew Giles and Chris Green form the middle order combination of the team. The Spin-pace Allrounder combo of Anton Devcich and Daniel Sams works very well for their team composition. Gurinder Sandhu and Chris Jordan share the new ball bowling responsibilities and bowling pretty good in partnerships. Chris Green and Fawad Ahmed join together to give variety in their spin attack.They have one of well rounded playing XI with a variety of options in bowling department and long batting order. 

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Key Players:

Dan Christian – Christian has become one of multi-utility player with his all-round skills. He has scored 150+ runs at a good strike rate and captured 10 wickets in the tournament so far. 

Chris Tremain – Tremain was bowling like a dream last match with figures of 4-09-3. He would like to replicate his excellent form with the ball.  

Missing player: Marcus Harris

Stats from the league:

Simon Harper – 269 runs at strike rate 135 (HS -56*, 50s-1)

Kane Richardson – 19 wickets at an economy of 7.1 rpo (BB – 3/22)- Highest Wicket Taker

Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing XI:

Aaron Finch (C), Cameron Boyce, Tom Cooper, Sam Harper(Wk), Cameron White, Mohammed Nabi, Dan Christian, Chris Tremain, Mackenzie Harvey, Harry Gurney, Kane Richardson.

Melbourne Renegades Actual Playing XI:

Aaron Finch, CP Tremain, Sam Harper, TLW Cooper, Mackenzie Harvey, KW Richardson, Mohammad Nabi, Harry Gurney, Cameron Boyce, BJ Webster, DT Christian

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Key Players:

Shane Watson – Watson is having a couple of quite matches after the scores of 100 and 68 runs in back to back matches. He is a match winner , who is capable of performing at the big stage. 

Fawad Ahmed – Fawad has been one of most talked spinners in the Australian circuit. And leg spinners are becoming a very potent force to reckon in the shortest format of the game. 

Missing player: Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja

Stats from the league:

Callum Ferguson – 341 runs at strike rate 148 (HS-113*, 100s-1, 50s-1)

Daniel Sams - 14 wickets at an economy of 9.1 rpo (BB- 3/5) 

 & 156 runs at strike rate 150(HS -42)

Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing XI:

Shane Watson (C), Callum Ferguson, Mathew Gikes (Wk), Anton Devcich, Chris Green, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Jordan, Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed.

They might go in with the same playing XI and they will not look to alter their winning combination. 

Sydney Thunder Actual Playing XI:

Jason Sangha, Christopher Green, SR Watson, Jonathan Cook, Baxter J Holt, Anton Devcich, Fawad Ahmed, Callum Ferguson, Chris Jordan, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu

Weather Conditions

The Docklands pitch aids both the fast bowlers and Spin bowlers. Batting is not easy here and batsmen have to put in their hard yards to score runs. Average score is in the range of 120-140 runs. The highest score so far this year has been 150.

Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL First

Teams batting second has won three out of the four played here so far this season. The Dew factor may favor batsmen in the second innings as bowlers struggle to grip the wet ball.

Both Teams are in good momentum and have a settled playing XI. This is going to be an exciting contest of equal teams. Based on the Home advantage and previous experience of playing here we place our bets on Melbourne Renegades to win this match. 

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar