These two teams will be clashing for the first time in this BBL season. Melbourne Renegades are 3rd while Sydney Thunders are at 4th in the points table. The battle for the top 4 teams and become very intense this season, With Hobart are certain to take a spot, 7 teams are fighting for the remaining 3 spots, from this point of view this is very important match for both the teams which is going to be played in Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney on 22nd Jan
Melbourne Renegades have made quite a few changes in their Squad from the previous match. Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, and Jon Holland come into the squad for Jack Wildermuth, Joe Mennie, and Marcus Harris. Although they are 3rd in the points table, but they have some issue to address, Their Opening combination hasn’t fired all season, with Marcus Harris joined test squad, Sam Harper/ Cameron White will open the batting along with Aaron Finch who also need to fire if they need to win this contest. Their bowling is their biggest strength this season, Kane Richardson, Nabi, and Harry Gurney are providing them vital breakthrough whenever required so same will be expected in this match.
Key player to watch out for: Aaron Finch, Cameron White, Harry Gurney
Sydney Thunders have got 2 changes in their 13 men squad, Jason Sangha and Sam Rainbird have come in the squad and likely to play in the XI. Jason Sangha might replace Arjun Nair or Jono Cook and Rainbird may replace Gurinder Sandhu. Watson, who has scored a scintillating century in the previous match, but the floodlight failure in the Stadium, led the game being called off. Daniel Sams has been amazing this season with both bat and ball, and bowling is also quite balanced. The Thunder has won three matches out of four at the venue this year and would be thrilled to come back.
Key player to watch out for: Anton Devcich, Chris Jordon, Fawad Ahmed
Sydney Thunders: Anton Devcich, Shane Watson (c), Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Jay Lenton (wk), Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Jonathan Cook, Sam Rainbird, Fawad Ahmed.
Melbourne Renegades: Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Tom Cooper, Cameron White, Mohammad Nabi, Beau Webster, Daniel Christian, Cameron Boyce, Jon Holland, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney.
Head to Head:
Matches played: 5
Sydney Thunders: 1 win
Melbourne Renegades: 4 win
This match will be between Thunders batting and Renegades bowling, but Thunders should win this game as they have winning momentum with them.