Melbourne Renegades are set to meet Sydney Thunder in match 40 of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL). If the head-to-head record are anything to go by, then Renegades should start as favorites as they have won a whopping nine matches against Thunder. However, the Chris Green-led team are placed third on the points table and have peaked at the right.
Meanwhile, the Renegades have also won two games on the trot, and are suddenly looking a well-oiled unit. The problem with the Kane Richardson-led team was they were not able to click as a unit in the batting and bowling departments of the game. However, in their two wins against Stars and Heat, the Renegades performed well due to handy contributions from Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, and Kane Richardson.
On the thunder hand, the Thunder have managed to shed their sloppy start in the campaign by winning three games on the bounce. The Green-led side have managed to put on a dominating show and are looking in a good rhythm. Senior players like Sam Billings, Gurinder Sandhu, and Daniel Sams have managed to perform well. The Thunder will look to solidify their position on the points table.
Docklands Stadium will host Renegades vs Thunder match. The track is a paradise for the batters. No T20I games have been played here. The domestic T20 have had an average score of 160 batting first.
Probable Playing XIs for MRE vs ST:
Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Nic Maddinson (c), Mackenzie Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, James Seymour, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan
Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Chris Green (c), Arjun Nair, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Saqib Mahmood
Played 13, Melbourne Renegades – 9, Sydney Thunder – 4
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, Match 40
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Date & Time: January 8, at 12:35 PM IST
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network