Big Bash League Predictions: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades

Big Bash League Predictions: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades

January 25 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

It is nearly time for the business end of the Big Bash League with each team having just one or two games left to be played. Saturday’s game will see the hosts Sydney Sixers taking on the bottom-placed Melbourne Renegades.

Although Melbourne Renegades are totally out of contention for the play-offs, as always the bottom-placed team can spoil the party for the rest of the sides. With the BBL adopting an interesting play-off tournament, it is desirable for teams to finish as high as possible on the points table. This is exactly what Sydney Sixers will also be thinking about as they could guarantee a second shot at making the final by finishing in the top two spots. While Melbourne Stars have sealed the top-spot, there is still competition for second place with Adelaide Strikers having 13 points while also having an extra game in hand. Sydney Sixers, on their own, will be pretty confident since they are coming on the back of an impressive victory against Brisbane Heat. To start off, the Sixers bowling attack never let Brisbane Heat begin the match on a good note.

The likes of Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, and Steve O’Keefe all struck in the first few overs to reduce Heat to a paltry 57-5. From there on, AB de Villiers and James Pattinson tried to get their team to a respectable total but Tom Curran along with Ben Dwarshuis was brilliant to restrict Heat to an eventual score of 126-8. 

Even under normal circumstances, that score wasn’t going to be enough and the opening pair of Josh Philippe and James Vince only made matters worse with a 75-run partnership. Although Vince got dismissed thereafter, Sydney coasted home with 25 balls to spare.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Renegades found themselves on the wrong side of the coin when they went down against Hobart Hurricanes by a slender 4-run margin. Truth be told, Melbourne Renegades’ bowlers with the exception of Cameron Boyce and Mohammad Nabi leaked too many runs to allow Hobart to get 190-3. 

While it was always going to be a challenging chase, the trio of Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster and Mohammad Nabi kept Renegades in the hunt right until the final over of the match. Nabi, particularly was very impressive as he brought down the equation to 12 runs required off eight balls. However, with Nathan Ellis bowling impressively, Renegades lost by the tiniest of margins.

Sydney Sixers performance in Big Bash League:

Young wicket-keeper batsman Josh Philippe continued to impress as he scored an unbeaten half-century to guide his team to a comfortable victory against Brisbane Heat. This knock increased his tally for the season to 340 runs which also makes him the top run-getter for his side. After impressing with a slew of stars, James Vince also finally converted one such effort into a milestone to provide more confidence for the Sixers.

With Steve Smith in the team along with other experienced campaigners like Moises Henriques and Daniel Hughes, the team’s batting line-up looks pretty solid. As far as the bowling is concerned, there is no stopping Tom Curran as he remains as the highest wicket-taker for the side with 19 scalps. Although wickets have been scarce from the other bowlers, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe form a respectable attack.

Sydney Sixers predicted XI:

Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe

Melbourne Renegades performance in Big Bash League:

In spite of their barren form, Melbourne Renegades still possess two of the league’s most in-form batsmen in the duo of Shaun Marsh and Beau Webster. With 449 and 405 runs to their name, it isn’t surprising that Marsh and Webster occupy the second and fourth spots respectively in the top run-getters list. 

Yet, the supporting cast has been disappointing with Sam Harper the next best batter with 279 runs. One feels that Mohammad Nabi’s addition to the team and his own return to form with the bat came too late. 

The story is more or less the same with the bowling attack too. The leading wicket-taker is Cameron Boyce with 13 scalps while Kane Richardson who is likely to return for this match has ten victims to his credit.

Apart from the duo, Renegades have a very defensive bowling attack as even Mohammad Nabi has never been a prolific wicket-taker. If their poor form wasn’t enough, Sam Harper is unlikely to play while Shaun Marsh was ruled out for the season after suffering injuries in the match against Hobart Hurricanes.

Melbourne Renegades predicted XI: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Tom Cooper (wk), Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Samit Patel, Will Sutherland, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson

Pitch Report

It will be the last game to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney during Big Bash League 2019-20.

Off the 5 games played at the venue this season 2 were won by team batting first, 1 was won by the team chasing the total, 1 was decided in a Super Over while the another one was washed away due to rain.

7 T20I have been played at the venue and the team chasing the total have won four times while the team batting first have won it twice, 1 match ended in no result.

156 is the average 1st inning score while 134 is average score of team batting 2nd.

221/5 is the highest total recorded in an international game while 200/3 is the the highest scores chased.

Big Bash League Predictions: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades

  1. 307 runs were scored when these sides faced each other earlier this season. 29 boundaries were hit in that game.
  2. James Vince scored 41 off just 26 balls against Melbourne Renegades earlier this season.
  3. Beau Webster has scored 404 runs at an average of 50.50 and is the 4th highest run-getter of the tournament so far.
  4. Tom Curran has picked 19 wickets and is 2nd in the bowling charts of Big Bash League 2019-20 so far.
  5. Sydney Sixers are leading the head to head clash with 6-5 so far.
  6. Kane Richardson needs 4 more wickets to become the 1st player in Melbourne Renegades history to pick 50 wickets.

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