Author : A Smith | Created : 2022-06-22 12:00:00
In the second match of the Big Bash League 2020-21, Melbourne Renegades will square off against Sydney Thunder in a top-of-the-table clash at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The Renegades are coming into this match on the back of a narrow loss to Hobart Hurricanes in a rain-affected encounter on Monday. Batting first, Melbourne posted 170 runs for two wickets before rain forced an early end to the game and during the ensuing chase, Hobart scored only 137/7 from 20 overs due to some tight bowling from the Renegades' bowlers.
Although Melbourne lost their last game, they would be happy with their performance as it was their best batting display of the season so far. While Aaron Finch scored 63 runs, Shaun Marsh and Sam Harper hit 78* and 45 respectively as they helped their side post a competitive total despite losing two top order batsmen cheaply. For Thunder, Daniel Sams took two wickets while Tanveer Sangha claimed one scalp.
Melbourne Renegades have won the toss and elected to field.
The Renegades chose to bowl first in this match because they have been playing well with the ball and have a better bowling attack than their opposition, who are not as strong with the ball. They also think that it will be easier for them to defend a lower target.
The match will start on Wednesday, 12 February at 9:10pm AEDT.
It will be played at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
You can watch the game on Channel Ten or Channel Ten HD.
This is a big match for the team as they have only won one of their last ten games and made it to the playoffs in two of the last three years but have never won this tournament before.
The Melbourne Renegades will be hoping to get their first win of the 2020-21 edition of the Big Bash League when they host Sydney Thunder at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The Renegades are currently seventh in the points table with only one win in seven games. They have lost their last three matches and will be keen to come back strongly at home.
Their batting has been led by Usman Khawaja, who has scored 273 runs in six innings at an average of 56.80, including a century against Adelaide Strikers and two half-centuries against Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat. He also has two fifties this season.
Renegades are currently seventh in the points table with just one point from as many games, which came in a rain-affected contest against Hobart Hurricanes. The Melbourne side lost their last three games and were also defeated by Heat, who sit at the bottom of BBL07 points table.
Renegades have one of their best line-ups ever with international stars such as Mohammad Nabi and Mohammad Hafeez leading their batting department but they need to start performing soon otherwise they risk missing out on playoffs spot altogether.
Meanwhile, Thunder are second in the standing with three points and a net run rate of +0.982 from two matches. They won their first game against Heat by six wickets on Friday (December 19) before beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets at the same venue on Sunday (December 21).
Thunder captain Russell thinks that its consistency has been key to their success so far this season. "We've been consistent throughout," Russell said after his side's win over RCB. "We're playing good cricket as a unit."
As the season draws to a close, the side has lost its last three games. Against Melbourne Renegades, these losses have been particularly painful. The side has lost its last three games against Melbourne Renegades at Docklands Stadium and also holds an overall losing record of 5-10 against them in total.
Thunder have won their last two games in a row and are one of the more consistent teams in the BBL. Being at home, Renegades will be hoping to turn things around for themselves and get their first win of the season.