The 55th match of BBL 2020-21 will see Melbourne Renegades taking on Hobart Hurricanes at the MCG stadium in East Melbourne on 26th January.

The game between the two is scheduled to start at 10:40 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.

Preview: Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes, 55th Match

Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes are experiencing a poor season this year as both the sides are placed in the bottom half on the points table. Melbourne Renegades have played 12 BBL matches so far, and have managed to post a victory in just 3 of them. Speaking of their last game, the Renegades were able to work against the odds as they registered a 5 wickets victory against Brisbane Heat at the Manuka Oval. The Aaron Finch led team currently has 13 points to its name in BBL 2020-21.

Their opposition, Hobart Hurricanes has won 6 of the 11 games they’ve played so far. In their last game against Sydney Thunder, Peter Handscomb and the team successfully chased the target of 177 and won the game by 6 wickets at the Manuka Oval. The Hurricanes have amassed 23 points in the tournament till now.

Pitch report

A total of 2 matches have been played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground till now. In both the matches, the pitch at the venue has favored the batsmen as they were able to post some good scores. So, the team winning the toss would likely be opting to bat first.

Weather report

There are chances of showers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. An average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and humidity of around 78% is expected during the game.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at the MCG is 160+.

Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes probable XI

Melbourne Renegades: Probable XI

Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Shaun Marsh, Will Sutherland, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Beau Webster, Kane Richardson, Imad Wasim, Noor Ahmad, Peter Hatzoglou

Bench

Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jack Prestwidge, Brayden Stepien, Jon Holland, Mitchell Perry, Josh Lalor

Hobart Hurricanes: Probable XI

Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, Tim David, Tim Paine, Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Ellis, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Scott Boland, D’Arcy Short

Bench

Nick Winter, Wil Parker, Macalister Wright, David Moody

Wicketkeeper: Sam Harper

Batsmen: Shaun Marsh, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade, Aaron Finch, Tim David

All-rounders: Nathan Ellis, Beau Webster

Bowlers: Kane Richardson, Riley Meredith, Nicholas Winter

Top picks for Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes

In 11 innings, Tim David has aggregated 231 runs for his side at an average of 38.50 and strike rate of 155.03. His highest score in this year’s BBL is 58.

Although Nathan Ellis has failed to weave magic with his bat in BBL 10, the all-rounder has contributed with the ball for his side. In 11 innings, Ellis has scalped 13 wickets at an economy rate of just 7.90.

In 10 matches, Shaun Marsh has amassed 272 runs for his side at an average of 27.20. This amazing total of 272 comprises 19 fours and 10 sixes. Shaun’s highest score in BBL 10 is 87.

Ben McDermott has scored a whopping 397 runs for his side in BBL 2020-21. With the highest score of 96, Ben has also garnered the player of the Match title twice in this year’s BBL.

Man of the match prediction

Ben McDermott is the likely prospect for the Man of the Match title in the upcoming clash at the MCG.

Winner prediction

Both Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades have failed to be consistent in BBL 2020-21, as both sides have lost two of their last five games. Their last encounter was at the Bellerive Oval on December 19th, where the Hurricanes won the game by 6 wickets. With the likes of Ben McDermott and Nathan Ellis, the Hurricanes seem to have a slight advantage over the Renegades and are the favourites for the upcoming clash.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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