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Big Bash League | Stars vs Renegades: Preview, Prediction and Fantasy Tips

image-lcev6qbhMelbourne Renegades (Source: Twitter/BBL)

It is the Melbourne derby in the Big Bash League with Melbourne Stars all set to clash against Melbourne Renegades in the 27th match to be played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The 2018-19 champions Renegades will up keen to climb up the ladder where they are currently placed at fifth position with three wins from five games. Stand-in skipper Aaron Finch has stepped up to provide his side with good starts while the rest of the lineup hasn't really stood up to expectations. Their performance hasn't been at par with four back-to-back losses which puts additional pressure on them coming into this game. The bowling as of now is resting on the shoulders of Akeal Hosein and Tom Rogers who have claimed 12 and 10 wickets, respectively.

On the flip side, their counterparts, the Stars are placed seventh on the table with just two wins from as many as six matches. Marcus Stoinis finally came to the party, albeit late with his blitz in the previous game smashing a 35-ball 74. With the ball, Luke Wood has been among the wickets. However, they are coming off a victory over Adelaide Strikers by 8 runs.

Match Details

Date and Time: January 3, 1:45 PM
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV App

Pitch Report: More than the pitch, the emphasis will be on the weather which, currently is showing as cloudy with a 46% chance of rain. The MCG pitch traditionally has been known to favour the batters with the first innings to be around 160 but expect the score for this match to be in excess of 180. 

Predicted XIs

Official Update:"The Renegades will be without captain Nic Maddinson after scans today confirmed a ruptured ACL. Jake Fraser-McGurk and Jack Prestwidge have been added to the squad replacing Maddinson and Peter Handscomb. Aaron Finch will take over the captaincy for the remainder of BBL|12 with Nic Maddinson ruled out."

Melbourne Stars: Joe Clarke (wk), Thomas Rogers, Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, Luke Wood, Trent Boult, Liam Hatcher and Adam Zampa (c).

Melbourne Renegades: Martin Guptill, Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Jonathan Wells, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper, Akeal Hosein, Will Sutherland, Tom Rogers, Kane Richardson and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-keeper: Joe Clarke
Batters: Aaron Finch, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Rogers
All-Rounders: Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers: Akeal Hosein, Tom Rogers, Adam Zampa, Luke Wood, Trent Boult

Captain: Marcus Stoinis
Vice Captain: Joe Clarke


The match is expected to be a close encounter with both teams having a tough time in this competition. However, Melbourne Renegades look like the better side to triumph in this competition.

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