The 18th match of the Big Bash League 2020 will feature the bottom dwellers Melbourne Renegades and table toppers Sydney Sixers at the Carrara Oval in Queensland. The second match of the Tuesday doubleheader is set to take place between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars.
Renegades find themselves at the bottom phase of the table with just 1 win from the 4 games played so far and find themselves only better than Perth Scorchers who are languishing at the bottom with 2 points from 3 games. Sixers on the other side find themselves at the top of things after managing to win a thriller of a match against the Melbourne Stars, Sixers with the help of their skipper Daniel Hughes fantastic 96 managed to chase down 194.
The teams have already met once this season and Renegades would want to forget that encounter as they were reduced to 60, the lowest score in this season of BBL. Renegades after winning the toss elected to bowl first and the misery started from ball one. Sixers raced on to register a mammoth 205 courtesy of a brilliant 95 by Josh Philippe. Renegades in reply were clueless as they kept losing wickets in a cluster and ended up being all out for 60.
Can Aaron Finch and Co. break the shackles and get to the winning ways? Will the Sydney Sixers further cement their way at the top of the table?
Match Toss Time: 16:40 Local (12:10 IST)
Match Start Time: 17:10 Local (12:40 IST)
Match Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland
The conditions are ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the game. The temperature is expected to hover in the 30-25 degree range and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 61 percent mark.
The only game has been played at the Carrara Oval so far and for the reason, that pitch is still fresh and ideal for the batsmen to get going. As we saw in the match between Sixers and Stars, the match had an aggregate of close to 400 runs and the same can be expected for this encounter. The team winning the toss should be looking to chase, anything less than 170 by the team batting first is likely to be chased down with ease.
Renegades have been struggling to show any considerable performances and their batting despite having the big names like Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh have failed miserably, being dismissed for double digits on two occasions this season, Finch and Co. will have to step it up.
Zak Evans has been leaking runs in his last few games and for that reason, Jack Prestwidge is likely to replace him in the playing Xl.
Sixers have been unstoppable so far and have in addition to winning matches they have been doing a great job in keeping the spectators entertained. There is no reason to fiddle with the playing Xl as they have been doing well and seem well balanced in all the departments.
Probable Playing Xl
Melbourne Renegades (REN): Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans/Jack Prestwidge, Peter Hatzoglou
Sydney Sixers (SYS): Josh Philippe (wk), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Manenti
REN vs SYS Fantasy Team
Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Aaron Finch, Rilee Rossouw, Shaun Marsh, Jason Holder, Daniel Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe, Peter Hatzoglou
Captain Picks: Aaron Finch (REN), Josh Philippe (SYS)
Vice-Captain Picks: Daniel Hughes (SYS), Rilee Rossouw (REN)
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