Big Bash League Today Match Prediction (BBL 2019): Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades
Simonds Stadium, Geelong
Defending champions Melbourne Renegades will welcome Sydney Thunder at Simonds Stadium, Geelong in the 3rd match of Big Bash League 2019-20 on Thursday.
Melbourne Renegades come into this new edition of the BBL with plenty of expectations once again as they have a strong squad despite various changes to both the playing and coaching staff.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, have already played a game in the BBL 2019-20 and got off to a winning start, recovering from 38/3 to post 172/6 against Brisbane Heat before defending it comfortably.
Melbourne Renegades performance in Big Bash League:
Michael Klinger takes over as Head Coach in what is his first coaching role, in place of the departed Andrew McDonald, and he will have big shoes to fill after the successful campaign last year. He has already had to deal with the withdrawal of Faheem Ashraf and Usman Shinwari. Harry Gurney, Richard Gleeson and Mohammad Nabi will be Renegades’ overseas players this time around.
They have made a shrewd signing in star all-rounder Shaun Marsh, who will be a great addition and has been in top form in the Sheffield Shield. He more than makes up for the loss of Cam White, Chris Tremain and Tim Ludeman who have all departed.
They will be without Aaron Finch and potentially Kane Richardson later in the tournament but they have their key men available for this opening game and they will be looking for skipper Finch to lead the way and get them off to an explosive start with the bat.
Sydney Thunder’s performance in Big Bash League:
New skipper Callum Ferguson was the star man grinding through early in his innings before ending on an unbeaten 73 from 44 balls as his innings paved the foundations for the excellent victory. Chris Green’s 25 from 17 balls was equally important.
There is every chance that they will name the same team for this game although they should have South African all-rounder Chris Morris at their disposal and he could replace Nathan McAndrew if he is available.
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Predicted line-up:
Aaron Finch, Sam Harper (wk), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Tom Cooper, Dan Christian, Jack Wildermuth, Harry Gurney, Kane Richardson, Jon Holland, Cameron Boyce.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Chris Green, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Jonathan Cook, Chris Tremain.
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
Melbourne Renegades will be playing their two home games at Simonds Stadium during the 2019-20 Big Bash League season.
Only one T20I has been played at the venue – between Australia and Sri Lanka. The game was won by the chasing team- Sri Lanka chasing the target of 174.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades: Today's Match Prediction
- Melbourne Renegades have dominated recent meetings between the two teams having won their last six matches against the Thunder.
- Callum Ferguson scored 73 runs in 44 deliveries. His inning included 6 fours and three maximums.
- Usman Khawaja scored 22 runs at a strike rate of 169.23.
- Chris Green picked up two wickets and was Thunder’s most economical bowler. He gave just 19 runs in 4 overs. He also scored 25 runs at a strike rate of 147.06.
- Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook, Chris Green and Arjun Nair all picked 2 wickets each in the BBL 2019-20 season opener.
- Renegades’ Kane Richardson was the top wicket taker in Big Bash League 2018-19 and would like to start from where he left off last season.