In the first Melbourne Derby of this BBL season, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades will take on each other at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne) on Sunday (17th January) evening.
In the latest BBL 10 points table, while Melbourne Stars are in the fourth position, Melbourne Renegades are in the eighth or last position. Stars have got 20 points in 10 matches while Renegades have collected only 9 points in 10 games.
In their first 10 matches of this season, Melbourne Stars won four times, lost five games and the other one had no result.
Captain Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are playing pivotal roles in Meblourne Stars batting in this BBL season. While Maxwell has scored 292 runs in nine innings (average 36.50; strike-rate 148.97), Stoinis has scored 290 runs in eight innings (average 36.25; strike-rate 145.72). Both of them have scored two half-centuries each this season.
In their last game, Andre Fletcher scored 89 not out, which set up the winning moment for Melbourne Stars against Adelaide Strikers. He is currently their third most run-scorer in the BBL 10 with 188 runs 10 innings.
Meanwhile, Adam Zampa has taken 17 wickets in 8 games in this season, including a five-wicket haul in the last game. Also, Billy Stanlake and Liam Hatcher both have taken 10 wickets each in 9 and 7 innings respectively. Skipper Maxwell has also picked up 6 wickets in this BBL season.
Talking about their only change from the previous squad, Pakistan cricketer Haris Rauf returned home to serve the national team.
Latest full available squad
Glenn Maxwell (C), Hilton Cartwright, Sam Elliott, Andre Fletcher, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Zahir Khan, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Ed Newman, Tom O’Connell, Sam Rainbird, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Won, Lost, Lost and Won
Melbourne Renegades have won only two matches in the 10 matches of this BBL season as they have suffered eight defeats in this tournament.
Shaun Marsh is their leading run-scorer in this BBL season as the left-handed batsman has scored 247 runs in 8 innings (average 30.87; strike-rate 136.46), including three half-centuries. On the other hand, Sam Harper has scored 173 runs in 10 innings, including one half-century. Captain Aaron Finch is not in strong form in this season as he has scored 159 runs in 9 innings, including the highest score 39.
Among their bowlers, while Kane Richardson has got 13 wickets in 10 matches, Peter Hatzoglou has bagged 12 wickets in eight innings.
Latest full available squad
Aaron Finch (C), Noor Ahmad, Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Brayden Stepien, Will Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Beau Webster
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Lost, Won and Lost
In their head-to-head records, Melbourne Stars have won 13 matches while Melbourne Renegades have managed to claim only 5 victories. Meanwhile, Stars are currently also in better form than Renegades.
So, Melbourne Stars are favourite for the upcoming Melbourne Derby.
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