About the Match
Having lost their previous game against Perth Scorchers and with no points on board so far, Melbourne Renegades will face Sydney Thunder, who have 2 points and are placed fourth on the points table, on 30th Dec at Melbourne (Docklands). The Big Bash League is heating up with the festive fervour and teams will be eager to give their fans a cricketing treat on Tuesday; it will be interesting to see if the hosts can conquer the thunderous performance of their opponents and open their points tally with a much-awaited win here.
Facing a stiff total of 193 runs against Scorchers, the Renegades failed to build partnerships and lost their way during the chase; except Andre Russell, who scored a brilliant 43 off 21 balls and Ferguson, who contributed with 39 runs, the others didn’t lie up to their reputations. Finch, Wade, Dwayne Bravo and Cooper gave up without much of a fight and the tail-enders couldn’t do much to lift the hopes. Earlier, the bowlers also fell short in overcoming the opponents’ batting skills and gave away too many runs; players like Bravo, Fekete and Fawad Ahmed need to step up and deliver. In the previous match against Sixers, the batsmen had succeeded in putting up 154 runs but it wasn’t enough for the bowlers to defend; again, the bowlers had failed to come up with a working strategy and lost the match by 8 wickets. The team has good players and a balanced side consisting of experienced seniors and energetic youngsters; however, they need to stay positive on the field and try to surprise their opponents with some good thinking when required the most.
Losing the match against Sixers by a narrow margin of 16 runs, Sydney Thunder will surely be nursing its wounds and will try to make a comeback with a better performance against Renegades. Aiden Blizzard looks good as witnessed in the last game when he posted a heroic 80 off 42 to keep the chase alive; however, with hardly any support from his mates like Hussey, Kallis and Morgan, he couldn’t take the team home safely. On the bowling front, Sandhu, Hauritz and Nannes took 2 wickets each to restrict the opponents but the squad leaked too many runs, which the Sixers grabbed with both hands. In their previous game against Brisbane Heat, Kallis and Hussey had opened well to provide a staggering 160-run partnership in the first innings to take the total to 208 runs that ultimately ended in their victory by 56 runs. Sandhu, McDonald, Cummins and Nannes are doing a good job and are expected to provide stability and variety in the bowling attack; the team has the determination to do well and with the right approach to every single game, they can truly be the one to look out for.
While Melbourne Renegades have the home advantage, Sydney Thunder has been performing better and will definitely be eager to make a comeback with a win here. The fans will be there to support their respective teams and a tight contest is surely on the cards; however, we feel that Sydney Thunder will emerge victorious again and climb up the points ladder.
Sydney Thunder, 2.20 @ Bet365