The Sydney Sixers will square off against the Melbourne Renegades in the 30th match of the Big Bash League 2021. The International Sports Stadium in Coffs Harbour will host this exciting contest.
The Sydney Sixers are on a roll in the competition so far. They are sitting at the top of the table, with 21 points to their name. They defeated Brisbane Heat in their last game in a nail-biting contest. Batting first, the Heat batters struggled to adapt to the conditions as they were bundled out on 105.
The Sixers didn’t have the best of starts, losing four wickets inside the powerplay, but Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis put up a solid partnership, in the end, to guide them home on the last ball, winning the game by two wickets.
The Melbourne Renegades are struggling in the competition. They are languishing at the bottom of the table with five points to their name. They suffered a heavy loss against Hobart Hurricanes in their last game. On the back of a century from Ben McDermott, the Hurricanes posted 206 on the board.
Sam Harper of Renegades scored a fifty at the top of the order but the other batters failed to contribute as they were knocked over on 121, losing the game by 85 runs.
SYDNEY SIXERS VS MELBOURNE RENEGADES MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades, Match 30, Big Bash League 2021
Date and Time: January 1, 2021, Saturday, 02:00 PM IST
Venue: International Sports Stadium, Coffs Harbour
SYDNEY SIXERS VS MELBOURNE RENEGADES PITCH REPORT
The pitch at International Sports Stadium is a balanced track. The ball comes nicely onto the bat and the batters can play their strokes freely. The surface won’t change much as the game progresses.
SYDNEY SIXERS VS MELBOURNE RENEGADES WEATHER FORECAST
The temperature in Sydney is expected to hover between 18 to 23 degrees Celsius. We might witness rain interruptions during the course of the match as there is a heavy chance of rain predicted on Saturday.
SYDNEY SIXERS VS MELBOURNE RENEGADES PROBABLE XI’S:
Sean Abbott starred with the ball, picking up four wickets as it helped them clean up the Heat on 105. Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis remained unbeaten on 37 and 23 respectively to help their side chase down the total on the last ball.
- Josh Philippe (wk)
- James Vince
- Daniel Hughes
- Moises Henriques (c)
- Jordan Silk
- Daniel Christian
- Sean Abbott
- Hayden Kerr
- Shadab Khan
- Ben Dwarshuis
- Lloyd Pope
Reece Topley picked up two wickets but the other bowlers failed to deliver as the Hurricanes posted a mammoth total on the board. Sam Harper scored 57 at the top of the order but lack of support meant that they were bundled out on 121 in pursuit of 207.
SYDNEY SIXERS VS MELBOURNE RENEGADES MATCH PREDICTION
- Sam Harper (wk)
- Aaron Finch (c)
- Mackenzie Harvey
- Jake Fraser
- Mohammad Nabi
- Will Sutherland
- Jack Prestwidge
- James Pattinson
- Kane Richardson
- Reece Topley, Zahir Khan
The Sixers won a thriller of a contest against the Heat in their previous fixture whereas the Renegades lost to the Hurricanes in their last game. The Renegades need to be on their toes to challenge the defending champions in their upcoming fixture.
Sydney Sixers have the winning momentum behind them and we expect them to carry it forward by beating the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday.
TOP PICKS – BATTERS
Daniel Hughes is a decent pick for your fantasy teams. In 6 innings in this league, he has scored 79 runs with the best score of 50.
Mackenzie Harvey is the leading run-scorer for Melbourne Renegades in this BBL. In 6 matches, he has scored 191 runs at an average of 38.2 with the best score of 71*.
TOP PICKS – ALL-ROUNDERS
A big knock is awaited from the willow of Moises Henriques, who hasn’t fired in the last 2 matches. The Sixers’ skipper has notched 257 runs in 7 matches at an average of 51.4.
Daniel Christian brings more balance to the Sixers unit. He is decent with the ball and uses his variations quite effectively, and is also a handy customer with the bat.
TOP PICKS – BOWLERS
Sean Abbott was the player of the match for his excellent all-round performances in the last match against Brisbane Heat. He picked up 4 wickets and later scored an unbeaten 37 runs.
Kane Richardson has picked up the most wickets for Renegades in this tournament. In 5 matches, he has scalped 9 wickets at an economy of 9.36, with the best figures of 4 for 32.
TOP PICKS – WICKET KEEPERS
Sam Harper looks like a different batter when he opens the innings for Renegades. In 6 matches in this tournament, he has scored 167 runs at an average of 33.4, with the highest score.