All-time meetings: Sydney Thunder W1, Melbourne Renegades W6
Last meeting: Melbourne Renegades beat Sydney Thunder by 9 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Shane Bond
Captain: Shane Watson
Sydney Thunder were thwarted by floodlight failure last time out against Brisbane Heat as the lights went out when they had reduced the Heat to 10/2 from three overs after they had put 186/4 on the board batting first.
Since Jos Buttler departed, skipper Shane Watson has raised his game and he smashed the first hundred of BBL08 in that game from just 62 balls so he continues to be key for them while recent signing Anton Devcich showed some form with the bat hitting 26 as he opened with Watson.
They make two changes to their squad for this match as Jason Sangha is available after representing a Cricket Australia XI last week while Sam Rainbird also comes back into the fold as Nathan McAndrew and Ryan Gibson both drop out of the 13.
Coach: Andrew McDonald
Captain: Aaron Finch
The Renegades sit in third place just above Sydney Thunder coming into this game and they know they have to get back to winning ways after losing in poor fashion to their city rivals Stars last time out and with only four matches remaining for them.
They have lost a trio of players to international duty as Joe Mennie, Jack Wildermuth and Marcus Harris all join up with Australia in Brisbane and are unavailable which means Beau Webster, Chris Tremain and Jon Holland all come back into the reckoning.
With the middle order unable to rescue them in the match against the Stars as Nabi and Christian have failed to really click into gear, that adds pressure on skipper Aaron Finch to get some runs at the top of the order and he will be motivated after being left out of the Australian Test squad.
Both of these teams are in contention for a top four place but consistency has been lacking for the two sides. Thunder’s batting looks to have regained some form in recent matches which is a big bonus for them while the Renegades are hit and miss. Aaron Finch will be keen to produce a knock and lead from the front for his team and he will enjoy facing this mediocre Thunder bowling attack. That said, neither batting line-up can be relied on with any real confidence and this really could go either way.
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