Match 48 of the Big Bash League 2021-22 will see Melbourne Renegades take on Melbourne Stars at Docklands Stadium.Melbourne Renegades have 15 points to their name. They have won only three games out of 11 this season and are in search of some momentum.
The Renegades lost to Sydney Sixers in their previous fixture. Batting first, the Sixers posted 150 on the board in their 20 overs. The Renegades faltered in the chase as they were bundled out on 105 in 17 overs, losing the game by 45 runs. The Renegades will be hoping to bounce back in their upcoming fixture against the Stars.
Melbourne Stars, meanwhile, are having a poor season this time around. They have won four games out of 10 and have 14 points under their belt.The Stars suffered a loss against the Perth Scorchers in their last game. After electing to bat first, the Scorchers scored 196 in their 20 overs, losing three wickets. The Stars tried hard, but a lack of partnerships resulted in them falling short by 47 runs.
They need to be on their toes while facing the Renegades on Thursday.
It’s the Melbourne derby at the Big Bash as the Melbourne Renegades get ready to host the Melbourne Stars. BBL 202-122 has not been very good for either of these two teams and this match is an absolute must-win if they hope to have a shot at making the playoffs.
Coming into this match, the Melbourne Renegades have been struggling with their batting while the Melbourne Stars have had to combat a COVID outbreak in their camp that made most of their first-choice players unavailable.The best cricket betting sites are currently giving the Melbourne Stars the tag of clear favorites right now.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars BBL 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne on the 13th of January 2022.
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Melbourne Renegades suffered yet another batting failure in their previous match and failed to compete once more. The Renegades have been extremely poor in this aspect of the game and it is difficult to see how they are going to be able to change that overnight. Sure, there are a couple of good players that can be dangerous like Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, or even Mackenzie Harvey but neither of them is dependable enough to bet on. The Melbourne Renegades have stuck with the same set of players that have struggled for quite a number of matches now and we have no reason to believe that they will suddenly start performing in a different fashion.
Among the bowlers, Kane Richardson is the one bowler that you can somewhat depend on. He has been taking wickets the most consistently and is almost always up there as one of the best for the Renegades. Still, we think he lacks the support needed to help win matches for the Melbourne Renegades on a consistent basis.
The Melbourne Stars have named Marcus Stoinis in the squad for this match once more and we expect him to start. However, there has been no confirmation about the same so far and he could end up sitting on the bench once more.
The Melbourne Stars welcomed back Glenn Maxwell to the starting lineup after recovering from COVID in the previous match. They are also likely to have Nathan Coulter-Nile available to them in the playing eleven. This means that the Stars are going to be significantly stronger than the Renegades, at least on paper.
They have more batting depth and their bowling lineup is definitely superior as well.
Beau Webster top-scored with 63 in the previous match, Joe Clarke has been in great form, and Joe Burns also seemed to be in touch in his brief knock. These are good signs for the Melbourne Stars batting lineup as they look to try and make the BBL playoffs.
The bowling lineup for the Melbourne Stars is going to depend on Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and possibly Haris Rauf. That is a strong bowling attack and we certainly back it to do well against a struggling Melbourne Renegades lineup.
MELBOURNE RENEGADES VS MELBOURNE STARS TOSS PREDICTION
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. That has been the more advantageous thing to do at the Docklands Stadium this season.
MELBOURNE RENEGADES VS MELBOURNE STARS MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars, Match 48, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date and Time: January 13th 2021, Thursday, 02:05 PM IST
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
MELBOURNE RENEGADES VS MELBOURNE STARS PITCH REPORT
The pitch at Docklands Stadium is good for batting. The batters can play their strokes freely as the ball comes nicely onto the bat. The bowlers need to be on their toes while bowling on this surface.
Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars Weather Forecast
Temperatures in Melbourne are expected to range between 21 and 33 degrees Celsius. We expect a full game as there is no chance of rain predicted on Thursday.
MELBOURNE RENEGADES VS MELBOURNE STARS PROBABLE XI
Kane Richardson and Cameron Boyce picked up two wickets apiece as they restricted the Sixers to 150. Shaun Marsh was good with the bat, top-scoring with 39 but a lack of contributions from other batters resulted in them getting knocked over on 105.
- Jake Fraser
- Aaron Finch
- Shaun Marsh
- Nic Maddinson (c)
- Mackenzie Harvey
- Sam Harper (wk)
- Will Sutherland
- Cameron Boyce
- Kane Richardson
- Josh Lalor
- Zahir Khan
Haris Rauf picked up two wickets but failed to keep a check on the scoring rate as the Scorchers scored 196. Beau Webster, opening the batting, scored 63 but a lack of support meant that they only managed to score 149, falling short by 47 runs.
MELBOURNE RENEGADES VS MELBOURNE STARS MATCH PREDICTION
- Joe Clarke (wk)
- Glenn Maxwell
- Nick Larkin
- Joe Burns
- Hilton Cartwright
- Beau Webster
- Sam Rainbird
- Qais Ahmad
- Adam Zampa (c)
- Haris Rauf
- Brody Couch
- Clint Hinchliffe
Both sides are coming off a loss in their respective previous games. Both will thus be desperately searching for a win in their upcoming fixture.
Melbourne Stars have a good balance to their side and are expected to come out on top in the Melbourne Derby on Thursday.
PREDICTION: MELBOURNE STARS TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.