A dispirited Melbourne Renegades will take on their city rival, Melbourne Stars, in the ongoing Australia T20 League match slated to played on January 10. The match will begin at 1:40 PM IST at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. The Renegades’ campaign in this season is in complete chaos. The Aaron Finch-led side is languishing at the bottom of the points table, having lost all their seven matches. Contrary to Renegades, Melbourne stars are having a ball in this year’s tournament. The Stars are on a four-match winning streak and are sitting at the top of the points table.
Despite playing a competitive cricket, Melbourne Renegades are ending up in the losing side. They have performed decently in the last couple of matches but they haven’t been able to hold on to the early advantage. The defending champions have failed to hold their nerves in the crunch moments and that has cost them matches. In their most recent encounter, they suffered another loss at the hands of Perth Scorchers.
Batting first on a good deck, their batsmen performed well and posted a competitive total of 175. But the bowlers let Aaron Finch down. Barring Kane Richardson, all the other bowlers went for plenty and the target was chased down pretty easily in the end. They are currently placed at the bottom-most spot with no wins in seven matches played and will be desperate to put some points on the board in the upcoming match.
Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, are on a winning spree. Their latest win came against the Sydney Thunder. Star bowler Haris Rauf’s hattrick rattled the Sydney Thunder as they failed to post a big total. Chasing 146 proved to be pretty easy for the Stars as skipper Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 37-ball 59 and Marcus Stoinis’ 50 ensured the victory with 13 balls to spare. The Stars have done exceptionally well in all three departments of the game and they would look to continue it in the upcoming match.
Head to Head
Dockland Stadium has been known for producing spin friendly pitch and we can expect the same for this game as well. The average total on this pitch is 155. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first.
Rain might play a spoil sport in the match as rain are expected later in the evening. The temperature will be around 14 degree Celsius.
Probable Playing XI
Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (C), Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster, Daniel Christian, Samit Patel, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Tom Andrews, Kane Richardson, Richard Gleeson.
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (C), Ben Dunk, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane.