The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips as the desperate Melbourne Renegades seek retribution against the in-form Sydney Thunder.
History: Played 12: Renegades 9 V Thunder 3
Last meeting: December 26, 2020: Thunder d Renegades by 129 runs
Final Thoughts: Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder meet for the second time since Christmas – and the ‘Gades are out to avenge a humiliating loss.
Despite a dismal 2-9 record in the rivalry heading into BBL|10, the Thunder romped to a 129-run victory over the Renegades in Canberra on Boxing Day.
The Thunder’s top-four all scored more than 30 runs. Oliver Davies (48 off 23) top-scored and smashed five sixes. The Renegades’ bowlers all went for over eight an over. In reply the Renegades crumbled to 80 all out inside 13 overs. Aaron Finch (20 off 17) and Rilee Rossouw (17 off 9) were the only Melbourne batsmen to make more than eight runs. Tanveer Sangha (4/14) was almost unplayable, while Chris Green (2/7) and Adam Milne (2/21) also bowled brilliantly for the Thunder.
Renegades rally, Thunder set sights on top spot
The Renegades slipped to a 1-4 record with their fourth straight loss on Tuesday. But they were vastly improved across the board in a two-wicket loss to the Sixers. The Sixers ran down the Renegades’ total of 6/168 with one ball to spare. Shaun Marsh found form with 67 off 48 balls and shared in a 75-run opening stand with Finch (39 off 32).
The 4-1 Thunder made it four wins on the trot on Tuesday courtesy of a 75-run beatdown of the hotshot Stars. Alex Hales (71 off 29) and Callum Ferguson (51 off 33) sizzled as the Thunder racked up a BBL season-high 7/219. Green (4/34) and Sangha (2/17) were just as impressive with the ball.
All the momentum is with the Thunder here. Their top order is firing, ably backed by a well-rounded and disciplined bowling attack. Expect a fifth straight win for the Thunder and a fifth loss in a row for the sinking Renegades.