Who will win Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades, BBL 2020?
Sydney Thunder will look to continue their return to winning ways when they face winless Melbourne Renegades at Canberra’s Manuka Oval. The match takes place on January 15 and gets underway at 18:10 local time.
Sydney Thunder ended a run of three consecutive defeats when they beat Hobart Hurricanes last time out – Alex Hales’ half-century leading a chase of 163 to beat them with two balls to spare. They now have a big chance to make it back-to-back wins when they take on a Renegades team they have beaten once already this season.
The Renegades came into this tournament as defending champions but they have now lost all nine matches they have played so far. They were bowled out for 110 in their most recent game, against Adelaide Strikers, to continue their miserable form.
SYT 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
SYT vs MLR Toss Prediction
It is four matches since Melbourne Renegades won the bat flip so they are due a change in fortune. The Thunder elected to field first when they were last in Canberra.
SYT vs MLR Weather Report
Smog was an issue last time the Big Bash rolled into Canberra, while there will be cloud cover for this game and a very small chance of rain too. Otherwise, the smoke – caused by the bushfires – has eased a little in the past day.
SYT vs MLR Pitch Condition
Canberra’s Manuka Oval is a balanced wicket, though its true nature could not be explored last time out as heavy smog caused the early abandonment of the Thunder’s last match here.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades, BBL 2020...
Sydney Thunder Team News & Playing 11
SYT Team News
Brendan Doggett and Liam Bowe each took a wicket after coming into the team last time out, replacing Nathan McAndrew and Jonathan Cook. The Thunder have no players on international duty, with Usman Khawaja one of the more notable players overlooked for the Australia ODI squad.
SYT Key Players
Alex Hales: Scored his second half-century of the BBL 2019-20 tournament in the win against Hobart last time out. His other came against the Renegades when they met last month.
Daniel Sams: Continued his excellent bowling form with 2-29 in the win against Hobart Hurricanes. He now has 17 wickets in nine appearances this season.
Chris Morris: The South African all-rounder also took two wickets last time out and now has ten for the tournament from seven appearances.
SYT Team Form
Sydney Thunder ended a three-match losing streak when they beat Hobart Hurricanes last time out. Defeats to Melbourne Stars, sandwiched by a rain-affected loss to Brisbane Heat, had seen the Thunder slide down the table but Alex Hales’ half-century ensured they got a much-needed two points against Hobart. Daniel Sams and Chris Morris each took two wickets as the Hurricanes posted 162/6 and Hales top-scored in reply. He and Usman Khawaja shared 96 in 10.2 overs for the first wicket and the Thunder won by four wickets in the final over.
Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing 11
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Alex Ross, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Brendan Doggett, Luke Bowe
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
Mohammad Nabi arrived in time to make his first appearance of the season last time out, with he and Samit Patel having now replaced Harry Gurney and Richard Gleeson as overseas players – Nabi as planned and Patel because of Gurney’s injury. The Renegades are also without Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson, who are with the Australia squad in India. Joe Mennie and Tom Cooper have come into the team recently to compensate.
MLR Key Players
Shaun Marsh: Another 21 runs last time out took the veteran batsman to 319 runs for the season so far, including two half-centuries.
Mohammad Nabi: Arrives on the back of some good wicket-taking form in the Bangladesh Premier League with Rangpur Rangers and started his latest Renegades stint with a wicket last time out too.
Beau Webster: Dismissed just short of another half-century last time out, the batsman has scored 29, 59*, 25 and 49 in his last four games to show some decent form in an otherwise out-of-form team.
MLR Team Form
Melbourne Renegades’ losing streak now stands at nine matches after their seven-wicket defeat to Melbourne Stars – as they failed to defend 168/7 – was followed by a dismal batting display in defeat to Adelaide Strikers. Beau Webster scored 49 but he fought a lone battle as the Renegades – chasing 174 to win – folded for just 110.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
Sam Harper (wk), Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Tom Cooper, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian (c), Jack Wildermuth, Samit Patel, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Team Form in Last Five Matches
SYT : W L L L W
MLR : L L L L L
SYT vs MLR Head to Head
Sydney Thunder’s win earlier this season was just their second in ten previous matches against Melbourne Renegades. The Renegades won both matches on their way to last season’s title, but Alex Hales (68) and Usman Khawaja (66) led Sydney Thunder to 171/4 for a six-wicket win with two balls to spare last time out.
SYT vs MLR Head to Head Stats
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Betting Odds
With the Renegades in dreadful form, it is no surprise to see Sydney Thunder installed as big favourites to win this match.
SYT Bet365 Odds
SYT to Win the Match: Sydney Thunder are 1.61 favourites to beat Melbourne Renegades with Bet365.
SYT Top Batsman: Usman Khawaja is 3.50 favourite to be Sydney Thunder’s top team batsman with Bet365 but Alex Hales got back to form last time out too and he is 3.75. Callum Ferguson can be backed at 4.00, meanwhile.
SYT Top Bowler: Daniel Sams is 3.25 favourite to continue his excellent bowling form and finish as Sydney Thunder’s top team bowler with Bet365. Chris Morris, meanwhile, is 4.00 and Brendan Doggett can be backed at 5.00.
MLR Bet365 Odds
MLR to Win the Match: Melbourne Renegades are 2.30 outsiders to win with Bet365.
MLR Top Batsman: Shaun Marsh is the only consistently in form Melbourne Renegades and he is 3.00 to be their top team batsman with Bet365. Marcus Harris opened last time out and he is 4.50, while Beau Webster has shown moderate form down the order and can be backed at 5.00 with Bet365.
MLR Top Bowler: Cameron Boyce is 3.50 with Bet365 to be Melbourne Renegades’ top team bowler, while Mohammad Nabi is 4.50 after his arrival at this tournament. Joe Mennie is 5.00 with Bet365, as is Samit Patel.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction
Melbourne Renegades have lost nine out of nine so far this season so it is hard to look beyond a Sydney Thudner win in Canberra.
Back Sydney Thunder to beat Melbourne Renegades at 1.61 with Bet365.
Sam Harper is 8.5 credits but has scored 301 points so far and is up the order for the Renegades too, making him the better choice on paper compared to Matthew Gilkes.
Shaun Marsh has been the Renegades’ stand-out batsman so far and costs ten credits as a result – as do Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson for the Thunder, whereas Alex Hales is 9.5 credits. Beau Webster is nine credits, meanwhile and has 459 points so far. Given Hales and Ferguson’s inconsistency, he could be a better fit than one of those.
Daniel Sams is a stand-out choice on the all-rounder front given his excellent wicket-taking form, while Chris Morris has now taken ten for the season too. Mohammad Nabi made his first appearance last time out, meanwhile, and is hugely popular across the globe for a reason.
Kane Richardson, Richard Gleeson and Harry Gurney will all play no part in this match, so only Cameron Boyce of the four top-priced bowlers will be in action. He is worth picking though, based on his form so far. Depending on selections elsewhere, funds might be tight now so Arjun Nair is a must at eight credits, and then you have a choice – based on the most recent matches – of Joe Mennie or Luke Bowe at eight credits.
Daniel Sams is the obvious captain choice given his wicket-taking form, while Chris Morris now has ten wickets for the tournament too. Shaun Marsh is the other option if you want a batsman – his form has been a stand-out in a dreadful season for the Renegades.
SYT vs MLR Dream11 Team
Daniel Sams (c)
Chris Morris (vc)
Who will win SYT vs MLR?
Bet on Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Match