Melbourne Renegades will face off against the Melbourne Stars in the 45th of the Big Bash League 2020-21. Both Cricket teams will be really keen on taking back points from this match. It could be a hard-fought contest.
Melbourne Renegades had to suffer the worst due to their consistent loss of wickets after a good start with the bat, against their local rivals Melbourne Stars in their last match. They continued with their poor run of form and they have to dish out a good performance in the second match against the Melbourne Stars. They have now lost two successive matches and have registered just one win in their last ten matches, following that six-wicket loss against the Melbourne Stars. Sam Harper scored a wonderful 63, which brought the Renegades into the game and helped them to score 150 runs. However, their bowling line up could not defend the total despite Kane Richardson’s spell of 2-24 with the ball.
Melbourne Stars carried their winning momentum from their match against the Adelaide Strikers to the match against the Melbourne Renegades. They registered the consecutive wins in two matches. Now, their chances of qualifying to the finals look lot better with those two wins. Liam Hatcher was the star with the ball, as he returned with figures of 3-29. The bowling unit put on a solid all-round display. This helped the Melbourne Stars dismiss their rivals for 150, despite being 120/3 at one point. The bowling effort at the end of the innings brought the game back for the Stars. While chasing, Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin, who both scored 43, provided the impetus for Nic Maddinson and Hilton Cartwright to take the attack to the bowlers and finish off the target.
Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades have faced each other 18 times. The Stars have won 13 matches and the Renegades have won 5 matches.
Melbourne Stars are stronger on paper than the Renegades. Also, they are coming on the back of consecutive wins, while the Renegades have had a horrible season so far. The Stars are the favourites for this match. The bowling unit of Melbourne Stars is in good form. Liam Hatcher, Marcus Stoinis, and Nick Larkin are in excellent form for the Stars. The Stars have also beaten the Renegades earlier in this tournament. So, they are favourites.
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Date and Time:
20th January 2021 (Wednesday)
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
(The odds might change without prior notice)
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