On the New Year evening, Melbourne Renegades will compete against Sydney Thunder at Carrara Oval (Metricon Stadium) in the 22nd match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
In the latest BBL 10 points table, Renegades are in the last position with 4 points and Thunder are in the second spot with 15 points.
They have already met once in this season during the 14th match of this tournament (26th December) at Canberra. Sydney Thunder won that match by their record margin – 129 runs.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 22: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder – Match Preview
Melbourne Renegades are really struggling in the ongoing BBL 2020/21. Though they started this season in perfect way with a 7-wicket victory against Perth Scorchers, they have suffered then four straight defeats.
Both of their batting and bowling are not working, especially as a team. While they have conceded 200+ runs twice, they have been also bundled out in less than three figures for twice. In their last game, they fought really well against the defending champions Sydney Sixers, but Jason Holder ultimately snatched away that game.
While Shaun Marsh has scored two half-centuries this season, Sam Harper and Rilee Rossouw have also hit one half-century each.
Among their bowlers, Kane Richardson has taken 9 wickets and Peter Hatzoglou has bagged 7 wickets. Also, Josh Lalor has picked up 5 wickets in this BBL 10.
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, Lost and Lost
Sydney Thunder are totally in opposite form in this season. Starting the BBL 10 with a 22-run defeat against Melbourne Stars, Thunder then have managed four successive victories. They will definitely like to continue this winning run for further.
Skipper Callum Ferguson has scored three half-centuries in the ongoing BBL 2020/21. Undoubtedly, he is the leading run-scorer in this tournament with 197 runs. Also, Alex Hales and Daniel Sams have recorded one half-century each this season. Sams has also picked up 7 wickets. Meanwhile, Tanveer Sangha and Chris Green have collected 9 wickets each this season.
Talking about the injury status of this team, pace-bowling all-rounder Nathan McAndrew missed the last game due to a lower grade side strain. The team management will assess his latest fitness status on Thursday evening.
Callum Ferguson (C), Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Forms in the BBL 10 (Oldest to latest): Lost, Won, Won, Won and Won
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 22: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder – Match Prediction
There is no doubt that Sydney Thunder are in great form while Melbourne Renegades are deeply struggling. Moreover, Thunder claimed a thumping victory against Renegades in their last weekend meeting.
So, Sydney Thunder are definitely favourite for this upcoming match.