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Melbourne Renegades odds
Toss Winner - Melbourne Renegades won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Renegades by 129 runs
Sydney Thunder would be looking to climb up the points table with a win against Melbourne Renegades.
Back Sydney Thunder as the winners of this contest.
Tournament: Big Bash League 2020-21 | Format: T20 | Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Sydney Thunder has played some good cricket in the ongoing Big Bash League and has lost just one match so far. Yet they find themselves in the 4th position on the points table. They will have a chance to move up the ladder when they take on Melbourne Renegades in their next clash. The Renegades have floundered of late and it will take quite a performance from them to take down an in-form Sydney Thunder. But stranger things have happened in this format and the Renegades might well prove to be a tough nut to crack for the Thunder.
Sydney Thunder is in great form and has won two back-to-back games after losing their first one against Melbourne Stars. They are coming off a commanding 7-wicket win against Perth Scorchers and would hence be quite confident now. In the last match, they restricted the opposition for just 152-5 and chased down the target with ease.
Sydney’s bowling seems to be finding its rhythm. Adam Milne was excellent in the last game with his pace and bounce and gave away only 17 runs in his 4 overs. Ben Cutting and Nathan McAndrew are also in a good flow and while Daniel Sams was expensive in the last match, he is still an impact bowler to have in the ranks.
Sydney’s batting is largely dependent on their middle and lower order which looks really strong right now. Captain Callum Ferguson led from the front with a solid 61 in the last match and was well supported by Ben Cutting (29* off 16 balls) and Oliver Davies (36 off 22 balls). If openers Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja can get going, then Sydney Thunder will be really hard to stop.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Oliver Davies, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Jonathan Cook
Alex Hales, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Christopher Green, Adam Milne, Baxter J Holt, Usman Khawaja, Oliver Davies, Callum Ferguson, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan John McAndrew
Melbourne Renegades started the season well with a solid 7-wicket win against Perth Scorchers. However, that demoralizing 145-run loss against Sydney Sixers really came at a bad time and led to another loss against Hobart Hurricanes by 6 wickets. The Renegades need to dust off these losses fast and get back on track or the season might quickly slip away from them.
In the last match, the Renegades could only manage 157 on the board. Their batting needs to fire now and the likes of captain Shaun Marsh and Fraser-McGurk would need to take more responsibility. The team would take heart from the performances of Sam Harper (66* off 52 balls) and Rilee Rossouw (59 off 40 balls) in the previous contest. If these two can continue their form in the middle order and get some support from Mohammad Nabi and Beau Webster lower down, then they will have a better chance.
Melbourne’s bowling is struggling at the moment and barring Kane Richardson and spinner Mohammad Nabi, the others aren’t really contributing. A lot more would be expected from Josh Lalor, Will Sutherland, Noor Ahmad.
Shaun Marsh (c), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor, Noor Ahmad, Mackenzie Harvey
RR Rossouw, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, SI Wasim, Shaun Marsh, KW Richardson, Mohammad Nabi, Zak Evans, Peter Hatzoglou, BJ Webster, Will Sutherland
The pitch at the Manuka Oval in Canberra has proven to be a very good surface for a T20 game this season. Batsmen have found ways to score runs initially while bowlers have also got some purchase from the pitch. Seamers should do well again here in this game.
There are some thunderstorms expected at Canberra on the day of the game. However, it shouldn’t be continuous and we should hence get a full match.
In the four matches played at the Manuka Oval this season, the highest total has been 180-6 by Sydney Thunder while chasing a target of 179 against Brisbane Heat. Since some clouds are expected on the day of this match, batting won’t be that easy. The team batting first should target a total of about 160-170 to feel safe.
The team chasing has had a better record at this venue this season. Hence, winning the toss and bowling first is likely to be the way ahead.
In the last 5 matches between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades, the Renegades have won 4 games while Sydney has just won one. However, things won’t be so easy for Melbourne this time. Their side looks to be lacking in confidence and they are yet to find a settled unit. Sydney, on the other hand, is flowing smoothly and the team appears to have found the right balance. They still have a few boxes to tick but overall Sydney Thunder is quite settled and has the edge in this clash.
Back Sydney Thunder as the winners of this contest.
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