- Match:Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder
- Date- 8th January 2022
- Match Format- T20
- Venue- Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
- Time- 12:35 PM IST
- Weather Forecast- Showers, 17-21 ° C
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Melbourne Renegades will lock horns with Sydney Thunder in the 40th Match of the Big Bash League 2021 as Docklands Stadium in Melbourne will host this fixture. Renegades have had a disappointing run in this edition so far as they are currently placed at the 7th spot on the points table with 11 points. They managed to secure just two wins in the eight games they have played so far. The top-order of the Renegades is in poor form at the moment and they really need to work on their bowling unit failing to deliver.
They faced Melbourne Stars in their last match and defeated them by 5 wickets. After electing to bat first Stars managed to post a target of 126 Runs as the Renegades bowlers displayed a feat of stunning bowling. Kane Richardson and R Topley starred with the bowl and took three scalps each while a half-century from Aaron Finch helped them secure the win.
Top Batsmen for Melbourne Renegades-
- Mackenzie Harvey- 214 Runs in 8 matches, 117.58 Strike rate
- Sam Harper- 174 Runs in 8 Matches, 124.28 Strike Rate
Top Bowlers for Melbourne Renegades-
- Kane Richardson- 12 Wickets in 7 Matches, 8.78 Economy
- Zahir Khan- 8 Wickets in 8 Matches, 8.18 Economy
Thunders are currently placed in the third spot on the points table with 19 points. They are getting their form back at the right moment in the tournament as they will be entering this fixture backed by the last three consecutive wins. Thunders have a star-studded batting line-up in the presence of Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Matthew Hikes who have found consistency with their batting lately in the tournament.
They faced Strikers in their last game where after electing to bat first Thunders posted a target of 172 runs. Their openers Matthew Gilkes and Cutting put up a 127 run partnership for the first wicket where Gikes played a brilliant knock of 93 Runs. In return, the Thunder’s bowlers were successful to restrict the Strikers batters to 144 all out. Mohammad Hasnain picked three scalps with an impressive 5.00 Economy while Saqib Mahmood and Jason Sangha took two scalps each.
They look in excellent form at the moment with both their departments performing well while they still have a chance to rise to the top of the points table as they have a healthy run rate of +0.653. They still need a bit of tweaking on the bowling side in order to restrict the other side for lower totals.
Top Batsmen for Sydney Thunder-
- Jason Sangha- 239 Runs in 5 Matches, 142.26 Strike rate
- Sam Billings- 265 Runs in 8 Matches, 152.29 Strike rate
Top Bowlers for Sydney Thunder-
- Daniel Sams- 12 Wickets in 8 Matches, 8.82 Economy
- Saqib Mahmood- 11 Wickets in 5 matches, 8.84 Economy
T20 Stats- Domestic
|Matches won batting first||23|
|Matches won bowling first||25|
|Average 1st Inns scores||159|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||141|
|Highest total recorded||Melbourne Renegades 222/4|
|Lowest total recorded||Melbourne Renegades 57/10|
There is a high chance of rain playing spoilsport during the course of the match. The weather will be mostly cloudy and we might expect some light drizzle to halt the play. The weather will hover around 17-21 °C
- Precipitation: 70%
- Humidity: 75%
- Wind: 19 km/h
The pitch in this Docklands Stadium has been batter friendly with the average score in T20 on this pitch being 160. From the bowling perspective, the bounce in the pitch will also be helpful for the pacers and spinners as well. Batting first and putting runs on the board will be an ideal decision.
REN vs THU -Today Match Prediction, Playing 11
Let’s check out the crucial playing 11 for today’s game and the Prediction for this match.
Melbourne Renegades Playing 11-
Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Nic Maddinson, Jake Fraser- McGurk, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan
Wicketkeeper- Sam Harper
Batsmen- Aaron Finch, Nic Maddinson, Jake Fraser- McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey
All-Rounder- Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland
Bowlers- Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan
Sydney Thunder Playing 11-
Alex Hales, Matthew Gilkes, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Saqib Mahmood, Tanveer Sangha
Wicketkeeper- Sam Billings
Batsmen- Alex Hales, Matthew Gilkes, Alex Ross, Jason Sangha
All-Rounder- Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting
Bowlers- Tanveer Sangha, Saqib Mahmood, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew
REN vs THU, Who will win the match, Today Match Prediction
Sydney Thunder is expected to win against Melbourne Renegades.
With a resourceful bowling attack in their ranks, the Thunder should fancy their chances in this contest. They have a deep-seated batting line-up with the likes of Sam Billings, Jason Sangha, and Matthew Gilkes who are in excellent form at the moment. They will be looking forward to carrying on the winning momentum in this fixture as well.
On the other hand, the Renegades are struggling with their batting department as they are leaking way too many runs. They boast a strong bowling attack with the likes of Kane Richardson and Reece Topley but other bowlers are leaking way too many runs that are proving to be the turning point in the game for them.
Popular Betting Odds For REN vs THU, Match 40, Today Match Prediction, Cricket Betting Tips
Top Batsmen for Melbourne Renegades- Mackenzie Harvey
The 21-year-old cricketer is the second-highest run-getter for Melbourne Renegade this season. The Renegade wicket-keeper has scored a total of 214 runs from eight games played averaging at 42.80. However, he is yet to display his best performance this season but having played 31 matches the Australian cricketer has hammered 574 runs in BBL with a strike rate close to 121. There is no doubt that this young lad is one of the most promising players when it comes to the domestic format and can be your pick for this match.
Top Batsman for Sydney Thunder- Sam Billings
Billings is in exceptional form with the bat for Sydney Thunders. He has played a few match-winning knocks in this edition for the former BBL winners including his recent knock of 67 Runs against the Heat. So far he has amassed 265 runs in just 8 games. Looking forward to his run with the willow, Gilkes will be a player to watch out for and place your bets on. The betting players should go for a safe pick in this category and pick the top in-form batsman of Thunders, who has the highest probability to go for a demolishing knock against the heavy-duty bowling line-up of Melbourne Renegades.
Top Bowler for Melbourne Renegades- Reece Topley
Reece Topley starred with the bowl in the last game against Melbourne Stars. He picked three scalps while giving away just 27 runs from his four overs. The Melbourne pitch will be fruitful for his immaculate pace and will provide him adequate swing. Topley has picked 9 wickets in eight games and will be looking to contribute further in this contest as well.
Top Bowler for Sydney Thunder- Saqib Mahmood
Mahmood is currently the second-highest wicket-taker for Thunders alongside Daniel Sams. Though the 24-year old pacer from England missed out on some games for his team earlier, he has proved to be an economical bowler with 11 wickets in 5 matches, two of which came in the last match against Adelaide Strikers. Here you can go for him to play a safe bet in this category as the Carerra pitch will definitely assist his pace and he is expected to pick one or two scalps.