2020-21 Big Bash League – Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars taking place? Wednesday 20th January, 2021 – 08:15 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars taking place? Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars? Ticket information for BBL10 can be found on this link

What channel is Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars on in the UK? BT Sport

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

THE LOWDOWN

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

  • Melbourne Renegades were made to pay for the frequent loss of wickets following a good start to their Melbourne derby with the Stars as their poor form continued and they have it all to do in this second clash between the two teams.
  • The Renegades have now lost back-to-back matches while it is just one win in their last ten after that six-wicket loss against their local rivals with the tone set for that defeat following Aaron Finch’s second-ball duck.
  • Sam Harper’s 63 got the Renegades back on track as they posted 150 but despite the best efforts of Kane Richardson (2-24) with the ball, they could not do enough to limit the scoring of the Stars who were able to come out on top.

MELBOURNE STARS

  • Melbourne Stars were able to build on their huge victory over Adelaide Strikers as they overcame Melbourne Renegades to make it successive victories at just the right time with their attempt to earn a spot in the finals looking a lot better than it did before those two wins.
  • Liam Hatcher was the main man with the ball as he ended with figures of 3-29 in what was a solid all-round bowling effort which helped the Stars bowl their rivals out for 150, despite being 120/3 at one point.
  • That late effort with the ball proved to be crucial and some solid efforts from Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin, who both notched 43, set the platform for Nic Maddinson and Hilton Cartwright to complete the job with some big-hitting at the end of the innings.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Stars have thrust themselves back into contention for a spot in the finals of BBL|10 with back-to-back wins and they will hope to make it three successes in a row as they take on their Melbourne rivals for the second game in succession. The Renegades have managed just two wins all campaign and time is running out for them to make a late run to at least end on a high. The Stars showed some good qualities with both bat and ball in their six-wicket success last time out and while they might have to make a change to their batting line-up with Andre Fletcher picking up a knock, the Stars’ demonstrated how deep they can bat in that win. They will start as favourites once again and with the Renegades still highlighting their own frailties with the bat as they collapsed from 120/3 to 150 all out, the Stars can justify their favouritism to give their hopes of making the finals a huge boost with a third straight victory.

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