2019-20 Big Bash League – Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? Wednesday 15th January, 2020 – 07:10 (UK)

Where is Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? Manuka Oval, Canberra

What is the expected weather for Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades? 30c in cloudy skies but there is a chance of rain

What television channel is Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to BBL09 matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades in the UK? If televised, BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Renegades by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY THUNDER

  • Sydney Thunder ended their three-match losing streak as they claimed a narrow victory over Hobart Hurricanes and will now set their sights on climbing up the ladder as they face the winless Melbourne Renegades.
  • Chasing 163 to win, Thunder looked well on their way when the opening pair of Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja combined for 96 but the run-rate slowed and wickets began to tumble although they managed to surpass their target with just two balls remaining.
  • There will be at least two new faces in the Thunder side for this clash with Matthew Gilkes and Chris Tremain making way from the starting XI while Liam Hatcher also drops out of the squad and they are replaced by Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew and Gurinder Sandhu.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

  • Melbourne Renegades lost for the ninth game in succession as their winless streak in the Big Bash League continued and they have a battle on just to avoid the wooden spoon at this stage of the competition.
  • In the continued absence of Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson who are on international duty, the Renegades found it tough going against Adelaide Strikers with the hosts managing to post 173/6.
  • In reply, only two players managed to score double-figures as their batting woes continued and they were skittled for 110 but the only change for the squad for this game sees a potential bowling change with paceman Andrew Fekete coming into the reckoning.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Renegades have suffered a miserable campaign and it is hard to see when their winless streak will come to an end. They could not have envisaged the season they have had in defence of their title and it could well end without a single win to their name with games running out. They travel to Canberra for this game against Sydney Thunder who ended their three-game losing streak last time out and with the Thunder chasing a spot in the finals, they are likely to be too strong for the struggling Renegades.

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