Coming off from another debilitating defeat, Melbourne Renegades will take on the current table-toppers Sydney Sixers on Tuesday (December 29) in Carrara. This will be the 18th competition of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Aaron Finch-led Melbourne Renegades would have not forgotten their upsetting performance against Sydney Sixers when they first meet in Hobart in the ongoing season. While chasing 206 runs target, they were all out for just 60 runs as Sixers won the match by 145 runs target.
To make the case worse, Melbourne Renegades also similarly lost their last match, bundling out on 80 runs while chasing 209 runs target. No doubt their confidence will be rock bottom but Finch will have to guide them to win against the Sixers in the second meeting otherwise their comeback in this season will become tougher.
Here let’s take a look at Melbourne Renegades’ predicted playing XI against Sydney Sixers:
After scoring a half-century in the season opener, the opening batsman Shaun Marsh has been complete of the last three matches which Melbourne Renegades ended up losing. He has scored 13, 1 and 3 runs in the last three matches respectively.
Being an experienced player, the franchise will hope for him to guide them to win against the Sixers to end their losing streak.
Aaron Finch (c):
Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch has been not able to produce the magical spells that he displayed for his national team. In three matches, he has scored 67 runs. He will have to play a captain’s knock to take the game home against the Sixers.
Sam Harper (wk):
In the third match, the wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Harper stepped in when the openers lost their wickets early in the last match. He amassed unbeaten 66 runs off 52 balls, striking four fours and two sixes. However, his knock could not help Melbourne Renegades to clinch the victory
The franchise will hope that they produce the same innings to get better off Sydney Sixers.
The South African cricketer Rilee Roscoe Rossouw, who scored 17* and 0 runs in the first two matches, bounced back stronger against Hobart Hurricanes. He scored 59 off 40 balls in which he smacked eight fours and one six in Hobart to take the guide his team set up 158 runs target but it ended up in a losing cause.
In the last match, he was out after scoring 17 runs. He will have to rebuild the innings if the openers lost the wicket early.
The all-rounder Beau Webster, who has also played for Hobart Hurricanes, has not been effective so far. In the first match, he didn’t get the opportunity to bat but bowled three overs in which he gave away 14 runs while picked one wicket. Against SS, he scored only two runs besides going wicketless. In the last two matches, he was not given to the ball.
But neither he has impressed with his bat, scoring 10 and 7 runs respectively. The 27-year-old need to prove his worth otherwise Melbourne Renegades will look to drop him.
The Afghan allrounder Mohammad Nabi has also not been effective. He has scored 11*, 14 and 1 in his last three matches respectively. With the ball, he hasn’t been able to give breakthroughs at crucial junctures. He picked the wicket of Usman Khwaja in the last match but after that went expensive.
But Melbourne Renegades has also not many powerful options to replace him. So, he is likely to play for them against Syndey Sixers.
Will Sutherland has been expensive with the ball. In the last match against Sydney Thunder, he bowled only three overs and gave away 27 runs. He picked the crucial wicket of Oliver Davies but until then he had already done the destruction. Sutherland will hope to give a significant contribution against Sydney Sixers. He hasn’t played against them in the first meeting of Melbourne Renegades.
Kane Richardson, who missed out on the limited-overs leg of Australia against India, had an impressive start of the 10th season of BBL. He notched three wickets in the maiden match with Melbourne Renegades to take the game home.
However, the pacer has gone expensive in the last three matches. Against Thunder in the last match, he picked the crucial wicket of Callum Ferguson and Chris green but could not control his run rate. He gave away 33 runs in his four overs. The team will hope to give them breakthroughs in the coming matches.
Josh Lalor was the most expensive bowler in the disappointing defeat against Sydney Sixers. He conceded 49 runs in his four overs and got the wicket of Josh Phillipe, who had already harmed with the bat.
In the last match as well, he also conceded 44 runs in his four overs and picked the only wicket of D’Arcy Short. He was replaced with Zak Evans in the last match but he also could not control runs in death overs. Thus, Lalor will likely be recalled in the playing XI but he has to bowl tight spells to control the run rate.
The 15-year-old Noor Ahmad was replaced with Jonathan Mark Holland in the playing XI against Hobart Hurricanes. He became the youngest overseas player to make his debut in the BBL.
The young gun notched the prized wicket of the skipper Peter Handscomb while came out as the most economical bowler for Melbourne Renegades in that match. In his four overs quota, he registered the economy rate of 6.75.