Big Bash League Predictions: Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

Big Bash League Predictions: Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

January 4, 2020

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

It’s the Melbourne derby of the Big Bash 2019-20 and the two teams – Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades find themselves at different ends of the spectrum as far as the points table is concerned. They’ve had very contrasting times in this tournament.

While the Stars are soaring high and are sitting at the top of the Big Bash League table, the Renegades are yet to get off the mark and are placed last.

Melbourne Stars started the season with a couple of convincing wins before they lost a close game against Adelaide Strikers (by four runs). They are back to winning ways and have won two games on the bounce once again. They won by four runs against Hobart Hurricanes in a game that was decided via the Duckworth-Lewis method. Meanwhile, they held their nerve to eke out a tight three-wicket win (with two balls to spare) over Sydney Thunder.

Melbourne Renegades have played five and lost five. They’ve lost a couple of really tight games as well and just haven’t been able to close out games. They have lost three games batting first but all of those went into the final over. Meanwhile, in the other two games, the Renegades failed in chases of 197 and 156.

Melbourne Stars performance in Big Bash League:

Melbourne Stars have found different players stepping up in different games. Be it with bat or ball, some or another player has come to the fore to drive the Stars home.

Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Nick Larkin have done it with the bat while Haris Rauf, Dale Steyn, Adam Zampa and the others have done it with the ball. Stoinis is leading the run charts for the Stars this season. He has scored 213 runs in five innings which includes a couple of half-centuries. 

Maxwell lit up the first game of the season while Larkin made a mark in the last game against Sydney Thunder. The likes of Peter Handscomb and Ben Dunk haven’t quite got going.

With the ball, it’s been about Haris Rauf for a big part. The Pakistan fast bowler has picked up 10 wickets in three games and has an excellent economy as well. 

Adam Zampa has chipped in very nicely and has taken seven wickets. The other senior fast bowlers like Nathan Coulter-Nile and Steyn have played their part as well.

Melbourne Renegades performance in Big Bash League:

The Melbourne Renegades batting has been decent so far but they’ve been inconsistent. The effort just hasn’t been good enough.

Skipper Aaron Finch has led the way with a couple of fifties and also has a good strike-rate. He has scored 166 runs at an average of 33.20 and a strike-rate of 139.49.

Meanwhile, Shaun Marsh has made 30+ in four out of his five innings so far and is the leading run-getter for the Renegades.

Beau Webster has been good in the middle order and has made 148 runs at a strike-rate of 146.53. The likes of Marcus Harris and Daniel Christian haven’t been up to the mark with the bat.

In fact, Christian has been disappointing with the ball as well. Only Kane Richardson and Cameron Boyce have picked up a substantial number of wickets in this BBL

Richardson has taken eight wickets while Boyce has five to his name. Moreover, they are also the most economical bowlers for the Renegades. It’s the bowling that needs to step up.

Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Predicted line-up:

Melbourne Stars

Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Ben Dunk, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Dale Steyn, Haris Rauf

Melbourne Renegades

Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Beau Webster, Daniel Christian, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Tom Andrews, Kane Richardson, Richard Gleeson

Pitch Report:

It will be the first of the five games to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne during Big Bash League 2019-20.

Off the 13 T20I played at the venue, 5 have been won by team batting first, 7 by the team chasing total while one ended in no result.

139 is the average 1st inning score while 131 is the average 2nd inning score.

184/3 is the highest total recorded while even as low as 74 has also been defended at the venue.

3 of the 5 games played at the venue during last season were won by the team batting first.

BBL Match: Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction

  1. Marcus Stoinis is leading the run charts for the Stars and is 2nd overall this season. He has scored 213 runs in five innings which includes a couple of half-centuries.
  2. Shaun Marsh has scored 190 runs in 5 innings at an average of 38 and is currently 5th the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
  3. Haris Rauf has picked 10 wickets in just 3 games including a five-wicket haul and is 3rd in the bowling chart so far this season.
  4. Kane Richardson has picked 8 wickets in 5 games and is leading the Renegades’ bowling chart.
  5. Melbourne Stars have dominated the derbies in the past and are leading 11-6 in their head to head clashes.
  6. Marcus Stoinis need just 19 more runs to complete his 1200 runs for Melbourne Stars. He is the Stars’ all-time 3rd leading run-scorer.
  7. Glenn Maxwell need 49 more runs to become Melbourne Stars all-time highest run-scorer.

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