Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers will face each other at Metricon Stadium (Gold Coast) on Tuesday (29th December) evening during the 18th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
Both teams will play their fifth match of this season. In the latest BBL 10 points table, Sydney Sixers are in the second position with 11 points and Melbourne Renegades are in the seventh spot with only 4 points.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 18: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers – Match Preview
After beginning this tournament with a 7-wicket victory against Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades has already suffered three successive defeats.
The veteran South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has decided to not join the team this season citing personal issues. So, the 15-year-old Afghanistan left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad will rejoin Renegades side soon as Tahir’s replacement.
Rilee Rossouw, Sam Harper and Shaun Marsh have already scored one half-century each in this season. However, they need to perform consistently to bring back the side into challenging position in this tournament. Captain Aaron Finch will also look to play big knocks in the upcoming matches.
Among the bowlers, Kane Richardson and Peter Hatzoglou have taken 7 and 6 wickets respectively. Also, Josh Lalor has scalped 5 wickets in three matches of this tournament.
Aaron Finch (C), Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw, Will Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Beau Webster
Forms in the BBL 10 (Oldest to latest): Won, Lost, Lost and Lost
The defending champions Sydney Sixers started this season with a 16-run defeat against Hobart Hurricanes. But since then, they have claimed three successive victories.
In their last game, while Sixers were losing their wickets at regular intervals during their chase of 194 runs target, skipper Daniel Hughes‘ incredible 96 off 51 balls helped his team to snatch a 1-wicket victory. Also, the lower-middle order batters put some important contribution in that chase.
Currently, Hughes is the leading run-scorer in this tournament as he has scored 183 runs in four innings (average 61.00). Also, Josh Philippe, James Vince and Daniel Christian have managed to register one half-century each in this season. Meanwhile, Jordan Silk and Jack Edwards have also registered one 40+ score each in the BBL 10.
They have also the in-form bowlers like left-arm pacer Ben Dwarshuis and left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe as both have bagged 8 wickets each this season.
In the meantime, Hayden Kerr and Jackson Bird have been added in this squad.
Justin Avendano, Nick Bertus, Carlos Brathwaite, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Jason Holder, Daniel Hughes (C), Ben Manenti, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Jordan Silk, James Vince
Forms in the BBL 10 (Oldest to latest): Lost, Won, Won and Won
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 18: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers – Match Prediction
Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers are totally in opposite forms in the early period of the BBL 10. Moreover, they have already met once in this season where Sixers thrashed Renegades and claimed a record victory in BBL history (won by 145 runs). After scoring 205 runs in the first innings of that game, Sixers bundled out Renegades for just 60 runs.
Both teams have some big players, but Renegades stars haven’t performed consistently yet. Talking about the present form, Sydney Sixers are highly favourite for the forthcoming match. However, Sixers are not taking Renegades lightly, especially when they thrashed their opposition in recent time.