Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades are set to lock horns in Match No.33 of the Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday, January 3. The Renegades, led by Nic Maddinson, haven’t had much going right for them in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich tournament.
Having lost six out of seven matches, the Renegades are languishing at the bottom of the points table with a net run rate of -1.758. The Stars, aren’t in the best of positions either, losing four out of seven games. They will be going into the game on the back of a 50-run loss at the hands of Perth Scorchers.
Match – Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades – Match 33
Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Time – 01:45 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
The pitch at the MCG is a sporting one to play cricket and a competitive game seems to be on the cards. The track will have something for both batters and bowlers. Teams may opt to bat second since the deck may not change character during the encounter.
Predicted XI: Joe Clarke (wk), Tom Rogers, Charlie Wakim, Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Justin Avendano, Tom O Connell, Qais Ahmad, Xavier Crone, Brody Couch, Haris Rauf
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Nic Maddinson (c), Jake Fraser, Mohammad Nabi, Jack Prestwidge/James Pattinson, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan
Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Head-to-Head
Matches- 20, Melbourne Stars – 14, Melbourne Renegades – 6, N/R- 0
At the MCG
Matches- 10, Melbourne Stars – 7, Melbourne Renegades – 3, N/R- 0
Probable top performers
Hilton Cartwright- Melbourne Stars
Hilton Cartwright has pretty much been the standout batter for the Stars in the tournament. The right-hander has scored 215 runs from seven matches at an average of 35.83 and a strike rate of 149.30. Having scored one half-century with a top-score of 79, Cartwright has looked in pretty good rhythm. The Renegades’ bowlers need to be on their toes while bowling to him.
Qais Ahmad- Melbourne Stars
Qais Ahmad has prior experience of playing in the BBL and he hasn’t flattered to deceive for the Stars this season. The Afghanistan tweaker has picked up eight wickets from six matches at an economy rate of 7.36. If he finds his rhythm, the Renegades’ batters could find themselves in a lot of trouble. Ahmad has also bowled one maiden in the tournament.
Today’s match prediction: Melbourne Stars to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.