The 14th match of the Big Bash League 2020 (BBL 2020) will feature the Sydney Thunders and Melbourne Renegades at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The Boxing day double-header will also feature a thrilling encounter between last season champions Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars, later in the evening.
Thunders find themselves at the right next to the 4th qualification spot and a win here with the bash point would rocket them to the top of the table. The Renegades on the other side are not having the best of seasons as they find themselves in 6th place with 1 win from the 3 matches played so far. Said that it is too early in the tournament to take a call on the team’s form.
Thunders will come into the match on the back of a dominating 7-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers. The Renegades though had a tough time against the Hobart Hurricanes, losing the match by 6 wickets. They will be hoping they can turn the tables in favor this time around.
Can Thunders leap their way to the top of the table? Or will the Renegades make an inroad in the proceedings of the tournament?
Match Toss Time: 17:40 Local (12:10 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:10 Local (12:40 IST)
Match Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
The conditions are not ideal for cricket as scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the day. With 50% precipitation reported, the game is likely to be a rain-curtailed one. The temperature is expected to hover in the 20-15 degree range and humidity at the peak could touch the 58 percent mark.
The pitch has favored the batsmen despite the heavy usage in recent times and the chasing teams have been successful in chasing down anything less than 170. The team winning the toss should be looking to chase for that reason. Said that, the overcast conditions and the wet outfield could act in favor of the bowlers.
Sydney Thunders had a perfect game against the Hobart Hurricanes in spite of losing their opener- Alex Hales for a duck. Usman Khawaja seems to be out of form. But their skipper Callum Ferguson seems to be in great nick and has already played a few match-winning knocks. With not much to complain about in the last encounter, the management is likely to go ahead with the same Xl.
Renegades on the other side will once again be without the services of their prime batsman- Aaron Finch. Will Sutherland has been a touch on the higher side and his bowling has not been effective. He is likely to be replaced by Jack Prestwidge.
Probable Playing Xl
Sydney Thunder (THU): Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Oliver Davies, Baxter Holt (wk), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha
Melbourne Renegades (REN): Shaun Marsh (c), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland/Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor, Noor Ahmad, Mackenzie Harvey
THU vs REN Fantasy Team
Sam Harper, Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Tanveer Sangha, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor
Captain Picks: Callum Ferguson (THU), Sam Harper (REN)
Vice-Captain Picks: Daniel Sams (THU), Rilee Rossouw (REN)
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