About the Match
Both the local teams, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades presently have 4 points from five matches played so far and they will go head to head on 10th Jan at Melbourne as the competition heats up. The Stars had won the contest against Renegades when they had met earlier on 3rd Jan and the latter will definitely try its best to avenge that defeat. The two sides have recently won their respective matches against other opponents and will try to convert their psychological advantage into victory here; the team that can dominate over the other and keep the pressure on will surely have an upper hand.
When they had faced Melbourne Stars recently, the batsmen had suffered humiliation at the hands of bowlers like Boland, Bird and Beer as they fell like a pack of cards; the Renegades must keep a positive mind set and stay focused on the game plan to achieve a good target or while chasing. Finch has done well recently and must lead from the front while the middle order looks good to provide a stable innings. Nicholas Winter had taken 2 wickets in the last game against the same opponent and along with others like Pattinson, Fawad Ahmed and Nathan Rimmington, the bowling squad must come out with precision and variety to stump the Stars. In the recent win against Hurricanes, Stokes displayed his skills by posting a well-made 77 off 42 deliveries while Ferguson gave good support; Shakib Al Hasan has been roped in and his all-round talent in this format of the game can be the competitive edge the team was looking for. The bowlers did a great job thanks to Hasan, Siddle, Ahmed and Winter, who restricted Hurricanes to 126 runs and brought victory by 37 runs. Overall, the team has strengthened its resources by bringing in more talent and they will definitely try to edge forward from here on.
Winning the one-over eliminator against Sydney Sixers, the Stars scored a win thanks to Faulkner’s hard-hitting skills under pressure as he blasted away two sixes in the super over. Triffitt and Maxwell gave able support to tie the match while chasing 150 runs; Kevin Pietersen’s 54 off 43 balls provided a solid base to the innings as required. While Wright got duck-out right in the first over, Cameron White provided good support to the top order with his 24 runs; the bowlers did well to restrict the Sixers to a low target with Hastings and Boland taking 2 wickets each. Bird and Beer have been consistent in restricting the opponents in their run-flow while Faulkner’s all-round efforts have proven to save the day for the team time and again. Against the Renegades, the batting line-up has done well in setting a target of 169 runs earlier, which the bowlers defended strongly to emerge victorious; they will need to be prepared for any situation and come out with smart tactics on Saturday.
Melbourne Stars will come out all guns blazing in front of the home crowd, and the Renegades won their last match convincingly, we are surely going to witness a fierce battle. We think that with a better team on paper, Melbourne Stars are much better placed in terms of stats and player performances to clinch a win here.
Hobart Hurricanes, 1.66 @ Bet365