The Renegades have a 9-2 heads-up record over the Thunder and win both games at the Manuka Oval.
The Melbourne Renegades started their 2020-21 BBL campaign with a resounding victory over the Perth Scorchers. To their dismay, the losses at the hands of Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers repelled them somewhat.
Their upcoming fixture is against the Sydney Thunder, who are overflowing with confidence following streak wins against the Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat. However, going from history, the Renegades have the upper hand as they have a 9-2 head-to-head record over the Thunder.
Also, at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, the Renegades have beaten the Thunder twice out of two. The renegade team is also expected to see some changes in the next game. The Renegades will be in desperate need to find their feet in the event.
Pitch and conditions
The shot at Canberra’s Manuka Oval was great for batting. Even if the first match on location was a low-scoring affair, scores above 170 can be chased as the track is not expected to change over the course of the match.
The second should be the way forward. The temperature will be around 21 degrees Celsius. There will be chances of rain, although not much.
Average score in the first inning
156 (4 unaltered matches in BBL 2020-21)
Record of the pursuit teams
Won – 3; Lost – 1
Game combinations for THU vs REN
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (C), Alex Ross, Baxter Holt, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Jonathan Cook, Tanveer Sangha
Bench– Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Olivier Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Nathan McAndrew, Jason Sangha
Aaron Finch (C), Shaun Marsh, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper (WK), Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nabi, Beau Webster, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor, Noor Ahmad
Bench– Peter Hatzoglou, Brody Crouch, Jon Holland, Zak Evans, Mitchell Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Mackenzie Harvey
Probable better results for THU vs REN
Daniel Sams– Sydney Thunder
Daniel Sams has been constant for the Thunder for the past two seasons. While he was good with the ball last season, this time he also delivered with the bat, scoring 65 runs at a strike rate of 250.
With the ball in hand, the left arm fast pitcher used his variations to good effect, racking up five wickets. But he would like to work on his economy rate, which is currently at 8.72.
Rilee Rossouw – Melbourne Renegades
Rilee Rossouw is a veteran of the T20 format, having played in most of the tournaments around the world. Of all the Forsaken hitters, he seemed the smoothest. In three games, he scored 76 points with an average and strike rate of 38 and 135.71 respectively.
In the previous game, he managed 59 runs and that should give him a lot of confidence in the upcoming match.
Match times – 18:10 local time, 12:40 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Melbourne Renegades to win the game.