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Toss Winner - Melbourne Renegades won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Renegades by 1 runs
Renegades’ search for a win to end their campaign on a high
Sydney Thunder to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the last round of league games in the Big Bash League 2021-22 and Sydney Thunder would be taking on the Melbourne Renegades in the 55th game. Thunder come here after suffering a big loss against the Sydney Sixers in their previous game. The Renegades also went down against the Hobart Hurricanes in the last game.
The Melbourne Renegades have been in poor form since the start of the tournament and the side has managed only three wins. Their batting has been in shambles apart from a few players who have done well. It will be interesting to see if the Renegades can end their campaign on a high winning against a strong Sydney Thunder.
Chris Green is back leading the side and he would be extremely upset with the 60-run loss against the Sydney Sixers in the last game. They have lost the last two games after seven victories in a row. Playing their final game of the season Green would want his players to regain momentum with a victory in their final league game. The Thunder skipper would like to exploit the lack of confidence in the Renegades camp.
Alex Hales has been in great form and the side would expect to see a good start from him and Matthew Gilkes in this game. In the middle order Jason Sangha, Alex Ross, and Daniel Sams would aim to score runs after missing out in the last game. They have good depth in their batting with Oliver Davies, Nathan McAndrew, and Green on the side.
Mohammad Hasnain has shown good form and the side would bank on him to pick early wickets with Gurinder Sandhu. Sams and Green would want to put their poor show in the last game behind and come up with a better performance in this game. Tanveer Sangha has done well and adds strength to this attack with McAndrew.
Jason Sangha (c), Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha, Mohammad Hasnain
Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Christopher Green, Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Alex Ross, Tanveer Sangha, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Usman Khawaja, Gurinder Sandhu
As Aaron Finch leads the side in the final game of another terrible season, he would like to avoid his side finishing at the bottom of the points table for the third time in a row. They come here with a 6-run loss against the Hobart Hurricanes after coming close to a victory. Finch would like to see better efforts from his players in this game.
James Seymour and Finch played well in the last game and the side would need a good start from them in this game. Shaun Marsh comes here after a good knock, and he would look to add quick runs with Unmukt Chand and Jonathan Merlo who failed in the last game. Sam Harper and Will Sutherland have had poor seasons and a better show would be expected from them in this final game.
Their bowling performance has been ordinary, and the side would like to see tight spells from Josh Lalor and Zak Evans with the new ball in this game. Seymour and Zahir Khan did bowl good spells in the last game and the side would like to see similar efforts from them. Their bowling depth hasn’t played its part and Sutherland, Cameron Boyes and Merlo would like to sign off on a high.
Aaron Finch (c), James Seymour, Shaun Marsh, Unmukt Chand, Jonathan Merlo, Sam Harper (wk), Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Josh Lalor, Zahir Khan
Aaron Finch, Josh Lalor, Jonathan Merlo, Sam Harper, Zahir Khan, Shaun Marsh, Unmukt Chand, Zak Evans, Cameron Boyce, James Seymour, Will Sutherland
There would be clear skies over Melbourne on January 19. The wicket is expected to be slow and tricky for the batsmen and they would have to play to the merit of the ball. Bowlers are likely to get assistance from the surface and the side batting first would be happy to put up a score of more than 160 on this track.
Melbourne Cricket Ground has a good surface for batting though we have seen slowness in the surface. Batsmen who spend time at the crease do well at this venue. Fast bowlers get assistance from the wicket with the new ball. Spinners enjoy bowling here as the large size of the ground doesn’t allow batsmen to play big shots.
Six games have been played at this venue and on five occasions the side chasing the score has registered big wins. We have seen low scores and the side batting first has struggled in most games this season. Hence, we expect to see the side winning the toss having no hesitation in bowling first.
Melbourne Renegades have had a terrible campaign and they are out of contention for the next round. They have won just three games and the side would look to end the season on a high. Their batsmen have to do well for the side to put a challenge in this game. Sydney Thunder shall look to get their campaign back on track after two successive losses. The side has its batting line-up in good form and they would start favorites in this contest.
Sydney Thunder to win
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