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Big Bash League 2021-22 – Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder – 40th Match Prediction

In the 40th game of the Big Bash League 2021-22, the Melbourne Renegades would face a tough challenge against the Sydney Thunder. The Renegades are coming off a big win against the Brisbane Heat, and they’d like to keep that momentum going. In a rain-affected game, the Sydney Thunder defeated the Perth Scorchers.

Sydney Thunder is on a roll. The team has won four games in a row and has performed admirably with both the bat and the ball. They have won three of the last four meetings between the two teams. Melbourne Renegades have struggled for the majority of the season, and it will be interesting to see if they can come out on top here against all odds.

The game between the two teams will take place on January 8th, 2022, at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

Match Details to Note

Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, 40th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22

Date: January 08, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 12:35 PM IST

Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Team Previews

Melbourne Renegades (Match Odds – 2.20)

Nic Maddinson’s team has won two games in a row, capitalising on their opponents being hit by Covid. The team easily defeated the Brisbane Heat in their most recent game. Sydney Thunder will be a difficult opponent, but Maddinson will want his players to build on their recent success and improve their position on the points table.

Aaron Finch is looking good, and he’ll need to put together a good opening wicket stand with Sam Harper, who’s struggling right now. With Maddinson and Shaun Marsh in there, the middle order is strong. Their lower middle order has struggled in most games, so runs from the bats of Mackenzie Harvey, James Seymour, and Will Sutherland are expected here.

The team’s bowling performance in the last two games has been strong, and they expect it to continue. James Pattinson and Zak Evans were slightly more expensive, and they would strive for better ball control. Kane Richardson, along with Sutherland, plays an important role in the middle overs. Mohammad Nabi’s striking form would please the team, and similar efforts would be expected from him.

Melbourne Renegades Squad

Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Nic Maddinson (c), Reece Topley, Unmukt Chand, Mohammad Nabi, Zahir Khan

Predicted XI: Nic Maddinson (c), Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mackenzie Harvey, James Seymour, Will Sutherland, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans, Zahir Khan, Mohammad Nabi

Sydney Thunder (Match Odds – 1.67)

Chris Green’s team has won four games in a row. They come in with a 6-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers and will be confident going into this match. After the Covid scare, they have Alex Hales back in the side, which is fantastic news for the team. Green would be eager to win this game because it would move them into second place on the points table.

Alex Hales and Matthew Gilkes performed admirably in the previous game, and a similar effort is expected here. In the middle order, Jason Sangha has been outstanding so far, and he will be looking to add runs alongside Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, and Daniel Sams, making for a potent batting lineup.

Gurinder Sandhu looked good with the new ball in the previous game, and he’d like to get some early wickets against Saqib Mahmood. Nathan McAndrew and Sams come into this game with a winning record in their last few games, which should boost their confidence. In this game, Ben Cutting and Green will look to bowl good lines.

Sydney Thunder Squad

Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Saqib Mahmood, Brendan Doggett, Jonathan Cook, Lachlan Hearne, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Tremain, Alex Hales

Predicted XI: Chris Green (c), Alex Hales, Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Nathan McAndrew, Saqib Mahmood

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Toss Prediction

In the few games played at this venue, the batting side has put up respectable totals and successfully defended them. Chasing runs is difficult because the wicket slows down as the game progresses. If either team wins the toss, they will almost certainly choose to bowl first.

Pitch and Weather Conditions

Docklands Stadium in Melbourne has a flat surface and a fast outfield, and we’ve seen teams put up big scores here in the past. Fast bowlers benefit from the track’s assistance, but spinners face a difficult challenge due to the shorter boundaries, which leave little room for error.

On January 8, there will be cloud cover over Melbourne, and conditions for the batsmen are expected to be difficult. They will need to be cautious and avoid making rash strokes. The conditions in this game are likely to favour fast bowlers. To win here, the team batting first would need to score more than 160 runs.

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Match Prediction

In this game, the Melbourne Renegades will face a significant challenge. The team would face one of the best teams in the tournament, and they would have to be at their best to win it for the team here. The Sydney Thunder has played well and their batsmen are in good form, putting them ahead of the Renegades.

Sydney Thunder is the favourite to beat Melbourne Renegades at the odds of 1.67.

  • Melbourne Renegades have lost three of their last four games against Sydney Thunder.
  • The Sydney Thunder is in good form, having won their last four games and riding a wave of momentum.
  • Sydney Thunder’s bowling has been in poor shape, and they will face a significant challenge in this game.

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