Melbourne, January 01 Tuesday at 01:45 PM IST
Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars will square off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on Tuesday noon in the sixteenth fixture of Big Bash League 2018. Second-placed Renegades suffered 33 runs defeat in their last encounter against Sydney Sixers after registering two wins in opening two encounters.
Renegades started their campaign with 4 wickets win over Perth Scorchers in the opening encounter and thrashed Adelaide Strikers by 5 wickets in the second encounter. However, they failed to carry the momentum against Sydney Sixers in the third encounter and faced 33 runs defeat while chasing 132 runs on the board.
Ironically, Melbourne Stars managed a win in their third encounter against Sydney Sixers by 5 wickets after facing defeats in first two encounters. Stars lost their opening encounter by 15 runs under the DLS method against Sydney Thunder and were thrashed by 6 wickets by Hobart Hurricanes in the second encounter. However, they bounced back against Sydney Sixers in the third encounter and chased down the 130 runs target with five wickets in hand.
It will be interesting to watch both the sides coming face to face to kick-start their New Year with a win.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup for –
MLR Playing 11:
Batsmen – Cameron White, Sam Harper, Tom Cooper (c), Mackenzie Harvey
All-rounder– Daniel Christian, Mohammad Nabi,
Bowlers – Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce, Jack Wildermuth, Usman Khan
MLS Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Seb Gotch
Batsmen – Glenn Maxwell (c), Nick Larkin, Ben Dunk
All-rounder – Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis (Doubt: J Merlo)
Bowlers – Scott Boland, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane
Melbourne Renegades – Tom Cooper (Captain), Kane Richardson, Andrew Fekete, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Mohammad Nabi, Usman Khan Shinwari, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Sam Harper, Jack Wildermuth
Melbourne Stars- Glenn Maxwell (C), Michael Beer, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jackson Bird, Seb Gotch, Scott Boland, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Dunk, Nick Larkin, Jonathan Merlo, Marcus Stoinis, Evan Gulbis, Adam Zampa
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Fantasy picks from Renegades
M Nabi is the leading run scorer for Renegades with 91 runs across his name in three innings
Daniel Christian (65 runs) and S Harper (64 runs) are the other two key batters
Kane Richardson is the leading wicket-taker with 8 wickets in his bag
Jake Wildermuth has four scalps while Usman Shinwari and D Christain share three wickets each
Don’t pick Jake Fraser-McGurk, Will Sutherland and Tim Ludeman
Fantasy picks from Melbourne Stars
Nick Larkin with 93 runs in 3 innings is the key contributor with the bat
Glenn Maxwell and M Stoinis are the other two key batters for Stars
S Lamichhane is the leading wicket-taker for the side with 7 scalps
A Zampa and D Bravo share three wickets each
Refrain picking Peter Handscomb and Jackson Coleman. Both are missing from the squad.
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