Who will win Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades, BBL 2020?
Sydney Sixers take on bottom-of-the-league Melbourne Renegades at the SCG as the hosts conclude their league phase schedule and look to keep their hopes of finishing second – and reaching The Qualifier – on track. The match takes place on January 25 and is scheduled to start at 15:40 local time.
The Sixers have bounced back to form with wins against Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat to move to eight wins in 13 in total. They can not finish top, but a second place finish will ensure they have two shots at reaching the final through the play-offs.
Melbourne Renegades lost their first nine games in a row, despite being defending champions, to ensure they would not be in the play-offs. They will finish bottom of the league no matter what, and a recent resurgence of back-to-back wins was also ended with a narrow defeat – having been on the brink of victory – last time out too.
SYS vs MLR, BBL 2020: Where to watch/Live streaming
Live TV: Fox Sports, Seven Network, Sony Six, BT Sport, SuperSport, Sony Ten Network, BeIn Sports
Live streaming: SonyLiv, Kayo Sports, SuperSport Live, Foxtel Sports, Optus Sport
SYS vs MLR Toss Prediction
Sydney Sixers were overdue winning the toss when they did exactly that and fielded first in their most recent game. It is an oft-used tactic at the SCG too.
SYS vs MLR Weather Report
Showers are forecast all morning in Sydney but they could clear by the afternoon and, while it will be humid, the match could escape the worst of the weather.
SYS vs MLR Pitch Condition
The SCG is generally well-balanced. There will be some turn, but it has not fully lost its batting credentials either.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades, BBL 2020...
Sydney Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYS Team News
Steve Smith returned last time out, replacing Justin Avendano, but Josh Hazlewood was not in the squad. The Sixers instead retained their pace attack of Jackson Bird, Tom Curran and Ben Dwarshuis and each of them took two wickets to justify their selections.
SYS Key Players
Steve Smith: Out for just nine on his BBL return last time out, but he still made an impact with three catches and he will look to return to top form with the bat now too.
Tom Curran: Another two wickets last time out took him to 19 in total for the BBL 2019-20 season, including five in the last three matches.
James Vince: The England opener has played his way back into form with scores of 41* and 51 in his last two innings. The latter was his 35th T20 half-century and he also has one hundred to his name.
SYS Team Form
Sydney Sixers have got back on track with two consecutive wins. Moises Henriques hammered 72 from just 31 balls as the Sixers posted 143/4 in a rain-reduced 14-over game against Melbourne Stars. The Stars managed just 125/5 in reply.
And they followed it up last time out as a disciplined bowling display restricted Brisbane Heat to just 126/8, before Josh Philippe (52*) and James Vince (51) ensured the Sixers made light work of sealing an eight-wicket win.
Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing 11
Josh Philippe (wk), Dan Hughes, James Vince, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe.
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson are back from international duty, but the Renegades will be without Shaun Marsh (hamstring) and Sam Harper (concussion) after the two picked up injuries against Sydney Sixers. Finch will be a straight swap for Marsh, while Alex Doolan could be drafted in as replacement wicket-keeper having been an unused member of the squad this season.
MLR Key Players
Aaron Finch: The Australia captain is back to replace in-form Shaun Marsh, who has been one of the few positives for the Renegades this season. Finch did hit back-to-back half-centuries earlier in this competition, however, and scored an ODI century while away with Australia.
Mohammad Nabi: Proved his all-round credentials once again when he took 1-24 and then hit 63 in the narrow defeat to Hobart Hurricanes. Had he not been dismissed, after hauling the Renegades into contention with eight balls remaining, it is likely they would have won.
Kane Richardson: Claimed two four-wicket hauls already in this season’s competition, before taking four wickets in two matches for Australia in their ODI series in India.
MLR Team Form
After starting their title defence with nine straight defeats, Melbourne Renegades at least got back on track with two consecutive wins. They posted 172/4 to beat Sydney Thunder by 50 runs and then hit 164/6 in a 44-run defeat of Brisbane Heat next up – Cameron Boyce taking 4-15 as they dismissed the Heat in just 15 overs.
They batted second last time out and were set 191 to beat Hobart Hurricanes, but Mohammad Nabi’s 30-ball 63 had put them on the brink of victory. His dismissal with eight balls to go (and 12 runs needed) proved decisive, however, and they could only add a further seven runs to close on 186/4.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch (c), Beau Webster, Alex Doolan (wk), Dan Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Jack Wildermuth, Samit Patel, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Team Form in Last Five Matches
SYS : W W L NR L
MLR : L W W L L
SYS vs MLR Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades won both matches against Sydney Sixers on their way to the title last season but lost to the Sixers earlier in this campaign. The Renegades posted 153/6 at Marvel Stadium, with Sam Harper and Shaun Marsh in the 40s. In reply, the Sixers claimed a six-wicket win with one ball to spare – Jordan Silk getting them over the line.
SYS vs MLR Head to Head Stats
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Betting Odds
Sydney Sixers are back on track and are favourites to beat Melbourne Renegades as a result.
SYS Bet365 Odds
SYS to Win the Match: Sydney Sixers are 1.66 favourites to win with Bet365.
SYS Top Batsman: Steve Smith could not fire on his return last time out but he is 3.75 favourite with Bet365 to be the Sixers’ top team batsman. Josh Philippe and James Vince are both priced at 4.33 with Bet365, after both hit half-centuries in the last match. Daniel Hughes is 4.50 and Moises Henriques is 5.00.
SYS Top Bowler: Tom Curran is 3.25 favourites to be Sydney Sixers’ top team bowler with Bet365, having taken 19 wickets so far. Ben Dwarshuis and Jackson Bird also took two wickets apiece last time out, and are 4.00 and 4.50 with Bet365 respectively. Nathan Lyon is 4.50 and Steve O’Keefe is 5.00.
MLR Bet365 Odds
MLR to Win the Match: Melbourne Renegades are 2.20 outsiders to win with Bet365.
MLR Top Batsman: Aaron Finch is back at the top of the order and the big-hitting opener is 3.50 with Bet365 to be the Renegades’ top team batsman. Beau Webster hit a half-century last time out and he is 4.50, while Mohammad Nabi is 6.00 after nearly pulling off a remarkable comeback last time out.
MLR Top Bowler: Nabi is 4.50 with the ball, meanwhile, to be Melbourne Renegades’ top team bowler, and in-form Cameron Boyce is 3.75. Kane Richardson is 3.50 with Bet365, meanwhile. Samit Patel is 5.50 with Bet365, meanwhile.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction
Sydney Sixers are back on track and need a win against Melbourne Renegades to close out the group stage and stay on track for second place.
Back Sydney Sixers to beat Melbourne Renegades at 1.66 with Bet365.
Josh Philippe and Sam Harper are the only wicket-keeping choices, but given Harper’s concussion last time out it was really only one option – luckily Philippe has showed some top form with the bat.
Aaron Finch and Steve Smith are back with their respective teams and do not let their ten-credit pricetags put you off. Both are capable of big innings. Shaun Marsh’s injury means Finch takes on an added importance for the Renegades too. James Vince is back in form for the Sixers, meanwhile, and is great value at 8.5 credits and, while he scored too slowly, Beau Webster still added another half-century to his tally last time out too.
There are some top all-rounders on show for both teams, but Mohammad Nabi and Tom Curran lead the way. The Afghan international nearly turned the game against Hobart around last time out, backing up his tidy bowling with some excellent hitting, but fell just short. Curran, meanwhile, has 19 wickets in this year’s tournament and so is top value at 9.5 credits. You do need to save a few credits, however, so Will Sutherland and Samit Patel at eight credits apiece are tempting choices for the third spot.
Onto the out-and-out bowlers, Kane Richardson will return for the Renegades and he is 9.5 credits after his good form before he left for India. Since his departure, Cameron Boyce has been the Renegades’ top bowler and he is nine credits. Ben Dwarshuis took two wickets last time out and now has 569 points, meanwhile. That is a great return for 8.5 credits. Alternatively, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe are all that price too.
Tom Curran’s 19 wickets have proved his worth and the fact he can swing the bat if needed too makes him a stand-out choice for captain. Mohammad Nabi, meanwhile, also reiterated his all-round credentials last time out and is a great alternative or possible vice-captain.