Big Bash League Predictions: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades
January 15, 2020, Manuka Oval, Canberra
The 37th match of Big Bash 2019-20 will see 4th placed Sydney Thunder take on bottom placed Melbourne Renegades.
Sydney Thunder ended their 3-game losing streak by beating Hobart Hurricanes in their last outing. They have won 4 and lost as many in 9 games (1 No Result) so far this season and will be looking to keep their winning momentum.
Melbourne Renegades, on the other hand, have suffered the worst start to the season and the defending champions are still in search of their first win of the season. They have lost all 9 games so far. They suffered a heavy 63-run defeat at the hands of Adelaide Strikers in their last game. In the absence of Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson, the side will need to field their best combination for this contest.
Sydney Thunder registered a 6-wicket win over Melbourne Renegades earlier this season.
Sydney Thunder performance in Big Bash League:
Sydney Thunder will be looking to win this game and collect valuable points in the competition.
Brendan Doggett, Chris Morris and Daniel Sams delivered splendid bowling performances in their last game against Hobart Hurricanes. Sams claimed two wickets.
Chasing 163 runs for victory, Alex Hales and Usman Khuwaja got the side off to an excellent start.
The opening pair added 96-run partnership to see Thunder take control of the game. Alex Hales was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings at 55 runs.
Captain Callum Ferguson would be keen to score after perishing for a low score in the last game.
Sams is currently the franchise’s leading wicket-taker in the competition with 17 wickets in 9 innings at an average of 14.76.
Melbourne Renegades performance in Big Bash League:
Melbourne Renegades will be hoping to get off the mark with a victory against Sydney Thunder. The side has lost nine matches on the bounce in this year’s competition and will be desperate to end their losing streak.
In their last fixture, Renegades delivered a dismal batting performance against Adelaide Strikers. Chasing 174 runs to win, the side was dismissed cheaply for 110 runs in 17.4 overs. Shaun Marsh and Beau Webster were the two batsmen to reach double figures in their innings for Renegades. The only positive from the game was performances from Samit Patil, Cameron Boyce and Beau Webster.
Webster scored 49 runs and will look to add to his tally of 319 runs.
Shaun Marsh is also in form. He has accumulated 310 runs in nine matches at an average of 35.44.
The likes of Mohammad Nabi, Tom Cooper and Daniel Christian have collectively failed to produce runs for the side in this year’s competition. The experienced middle-order trio will need to deliver decent scores for Renegades in order to put competitive totals on the board.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Predicted line-up:
Sydney Thunder: Usman Khuwaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Alex Ross, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe
Melbourne Renegades: Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Sam Harper (wk), Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Samit Patel, Jack Wildermuth, Joe Mennie, Cameron Boyce
It will be the second and the last game to be played at Manuka Oval, Canberra during the 2019-20 Big Bash League season.
The first game played at the venue was affected by rain and ended in no result. Adelaide Strikers scored 161 runs in the first inning in that game.
Both the games played in the 2018-19 Big Bash League season were affected by rain. One of them was won by the team batting first while another was won by the team chasing the total.
Sydney Thunder scored 181 runs in one of them while chasing down a target of 166 in 18.2 overs.
Only 2 T20Is have been played at the venue and both have won the team chasing the total. 126 is the average score of team batting 1st. 151/3 is the highest total scored at the venue by an international team.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Predictions:
- Shaun Marsh has scored 319 runs in 9 innings at an average of 35.44 and is 2nd highest run-getter in Big Bash League 2019-20 so far.
- Daniel Sams has picked 17 wickets in 9 innings at an average of 14.76 and is leading the bowling charts of Big Bash League 2019-20 so far.
- Melbourne Renegades have been dominating the head to head clashes by 8-2 so far.
- Cameron White needs 69 more runs to complete his 1000-run milestone for Melbourne Renegades.
- Daniel Sams needs 2 more wickets to overcome Chris Green at No 3 in Sydney Thunder’s all-time leading wicket-taker.