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Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades : WHO’S THE BETTER MELBOURNE FRANCHISE || Big Bash League 2020-21

Big Bash League 2020-21 Match 42

Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Match Prediction – Sun, 17th January

Stars Ready for a Blitz down:

Melbourne Stars come into this BBL match on the back of a memorable victory against Adelaide Strikers. West Indian opener Andre Fletcher has lastly found his style, as he led the Stars to an overriding win earlier in this week. Maxwell and Marcus Stoinins got the vital support they lacked all this campaign. 

With the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa also contributing with outstanding bowling performances, Melbourne Stars have badly required momentum entering into this BBL game. Leggie Adam Zampa struck with a roaring fifer. 

Possible playing XI: Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (C), Seb Gotch (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile/Sam Rainbird, Zahir Khan, Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake.

Renegades may Bid Goodbye:

Melbourne Renegades have let down in the BBL this season. With only two victories in their name so far, they are on the brink of exiting the campaign as they eye to claim the wooden spoon. 

Despite having a star-filled batting roster, the Renegades have failed to assemble complete performances, with Aaron Finch being the major regret. The bonus will be on their bowling lineup, especially Kane Richardson, who has looked exceptional with his variations and ability to chip wickets. They claimed a rare win over the Strikers recently; however, they followed up with a meagre loss to the Heat.

Possible playing XI: Aaron Finch (C), Shaun Marsh, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper (WK), Kane Richardson, Mackenzie Harvey, Rilee Rossouw/Beau Webster, Noor Ahmad, Peter Hatzoglou, Jack Prestwidge and Imad Wasim.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

In the 42nd game of the ongoing Big Bash League 2020-21, Melbourne Stars will play against Melbourne Renegades at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. The Melbourne Derby will be played at the home ground and is expected to be exciting as ever.

The MCG wicket should have a bit in it for the spin bowlers, as Adam Zampa has already marked up a fifer earlier in the week. The venue’s large size should allow spin bowlers to execute their plans with a bit of freedom.

The speedsters can get the ball to move quite a bit though slower ones could be vital as the match proceeds.

Even though the pitch may not change a lot, both sides could want to bat first and make early use of the conditions.  

Stars To Lead Without A Doubt:

Owing to the current point’s table standings, there are no astonishments in the resulting market with the Stars leading the path at 1.57Whereas the Renegades trail in the latter place at 2.40 and few will back the visitors with any great persuasion. 

Renegades will require a match-winning performance like the one played by Mohammad Nabi earlier in this season against Adelaide Strikers. He highlighted this format’s unpredictable nature and the fact that one game-changing performance can upset the prices. 

Can The Skipper Step Up The Game?

We reckon a gamble on Aaron Finch for top scorer, owing to the condition of the game. However, we can’t justify it without another favourite pick. Although he should be in for a big knock in the upcoming game as per our predictions, the prices may seem biased.

Glenn Maxwell has been outstanding this year. Be it with the bat or the ball, he has not only impressed the crowds with his talent but has also led the team wonderfully. It is no surprise to see these rates for Maxwell. Along with the top three in his team, he can be lethal if the tone is set.