The 45th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) will be played between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars at the Marvel Stadium, Docklands, Australia.

The match is scheduled to be played on 20th January and will start at 1:45 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD, and mobile viewers can also stream it live via the Sony Liv app.

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Preview: Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars

The 45th match of the BBL will be played between the teams that are currently placed in the bottom half of the table. With 4 wins in 10 matches, Melbourne Stars are placed at the 4th position on the table. In their last game against Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Stars registered a humongous 111 runs victory at the MCG stadium. Here, Andre Fletcher was devastating as he aggregated 89 runs in just 49 balls. Also, Adam Zampa completely destroyed the Strikers’ batting lineup by taking 5 scalps. The Stars have garnered 20 points in the league so far.

Speaking of Melbourne Renegades, they’ve managed to win 2 of the 10 games they’ve played so far. In their last encounter against Brisbane Heat at Manuka Oval, the Heat won the game 5 wickets. With just 9 points to their name, the Renegades will be looking to post a victory in their upcoming games.

Weather report

The skies will be clear and no rain is expected to interrupt the gameplay. A temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and humidity of around 50% is forecasted for the match day.

Pitch report

Marvel Stadium’s pitch isn’t quite favorable for batting. The pitch holds the ball and makes hitting the ball difficult. But the chasing record at this venue has been good till now so the team winning the toss would likely choose to bowl first.

Average first innings score 

The average first innings score at the Marvel Stadium is 155. 

Injury and availability updates

Melbourne Renegades’ Mohammad Nabi would not be available for the upcoming clash as he has left for international duty with Afghanistan.

Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades probable XI

Melbourne Stars: Probable XI

Glenn Maxwell (C), Ben Dunk (WK), Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch, Sam Rainbird, Nick Larkin, Billy Stanlake, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher.

Bench

Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Clint Hinchliffe, Haris Rauf, Zahir Khan, Nic Maddinson.

Melbourne Renegades: Probable XI

Aaron Finch (C), Sam Harper (WK), Beau Webster, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, Imad Wasim, Jack Prestwidge, Noor Ahmad, Kane Richardson, Peter Hatzoglou, Josh Lalor.

Bench

Benny Howell, Cameron Boyce, Rilee Rossouw, Will Sutherlan, Zak Evans, Mitchell Perry, Brody Couch, Shaun Marsh, Jon Holland.

Wicketkeeper: Sam Harper

Batsmen: Mackenzie Harvey, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch, Aaron Finch, Andre Fletcher

All-rounder: Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi

Bowlers: Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher

Top picks for Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars

Sam Harper has been a key player for the Renegades this year. In 10 matches, he has aggregated 173 runs at an average of 19.22 and strike rate of 116.11. As far as fielding is concerned, the wicketkeeper has 7 catches and 2 stumping to his name. His highest score in this BBL season is 66.

Glenn Maxwell has contributed with both bat and ball in this BBL 2020-21. In 9 innings, the all-rounder has aggregated 292 runs at an average of 36.50 and a strike rate of 148.98. When it comes to bowling, Maxwell has 6 wickets to his name at a decent economy rate of 7.49.

Adam Zampa has scalped 17 wickets for the Stars in 8 innings. These wickets come at an economy rate of just 6.89. Zampa has also garnered the Player of the Match title once in BBL 2020-21.

In 10 matches, Kane Richardson has scalped 13 wickets for the Renegades. He will be looking to take major scalps and stop the opponents in the next game.

Man of the match prediction

Adam Zampa is in great form and can be the Man of the Match in the upcoming game.

Winner prediction

Both Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars were experiencing a dip in form in their last few matches, but the Stars have moved up on the table after winning a game against Adelaide Strikers by a whooping 111 runs. While both teams have a well-balanced setup, the Stars seem to have an advantage over the Renegades as their players like Andre Fletcher and Adam Zampa are in great form. So, it goes without saying that Melbourne Stars are the favourite for the upcoming game.

Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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