The defending champions Sydney Sixers will take on Melbourne Renegades on Sunday (13th December) evening during the sixth match of the Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10).
Both teams have already started their journey in the BBL 10 and it will be their second match in this tournament. However, Renegades claimed a victory on last Saturday, while the last BBL title winners Sixers faced a defeat in this tournament opener.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 6: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades – Match Preview
The defending champions haven’t a good start in this new season as new-looking Hobart Hurricanes beat them in the tournament opener by 16 runs. They are surely thinking to come out from this situation at early.
Though Ben Dwarshuis (3/38) and Daniel Christian (3/36) both picked up three wickets each in that tournament opener, twin fifty helped Hurricanes to set the first innings total of 178/8.
In the second innings, though the opener Josh Philippe was dismissed in the first over for just 2 runs, they strongly returned to the game with the 116 runs partnership between the opener Jack Edwards and James Vince for the second wicket. While Edwards scored 47 off 39 balls, Vince scored 67 off 41 balls. But the next batters failed to provide the finishing support to the team as none of them managed to score at least 15 runs.
Justin Avendano, Nick Bertus, Carlos Brathwaite, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes (C), Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Jordan Silk, James Vince
Aaron Finch-led side Melbourne Renegades started this tournament with an easy victory against Perth Scorchers. After their bowlers bundled out Scorchers for 130 runs, Renegades chased down that target in 16.3 overs after losing three wickets.
The new-ball bowlers left-arm pacer Josh Lalor and right-arm pacer Kane Richardson both started in best way as both bagged three wickets each with the bowling figures of 4-0-30-3 and 3.1-0-22-3 respectively. Also, the leg-spinner Peter Hatzoglou had the bowling figures of 4-0-29-2.
Meanwhile, opening partner Shaun Marsh and captain Finch provided a perfect start with 70 runs partnership. While in-form Finch scored 35 off 28 balls, Marsh played the match-winning knock of 62 runs off 47 balls. Beau Webster and Rilee Rossouw are yet to show their performances in this batting unit.
Aaron Finch (C), Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Benny Howell, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 6: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades – Match Prediction
In the head-to-head contest, Sydney Sixers are leading by the 7-5 margin. In the BBL 09, Sixers won both the matches against Renegades by succesfully chasing the targets both the time.
Though they have started the BBL 10 in opposite fashion, they are very competitive sides.