STA vs REN Dream11 Prediction: Melbourne Stars would take on their arch-rivals Melbourne Renegades in what promises to be a cracker of a duel for the fans of BBL. The Stars have had a hot and cold performance so far in BBL11. They started the season with a drubbing defeat to the Sydney Sixers, then followed with back-to-back wins over Sydney Thunder, only to lose their next two to Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes. The Stars, riding on the heroics of Joe Clarke and Hilton Cartwright, then sealed their third win of the season in a well-fought match against the Brisbane Heat, only to lose by a margin of 50 runs at the hands of Perth Scorchers, with whom they have another match left to play. There’s still hope for the Stars, as they need a string of consistent wins to seal a spot in the playoffs.
The Renegades, on the other hand, will be desperate to put an end to their miseries. They are lying at the bottom of the points table, with 5 defeats in 7 matches, a win in their opening bout of the season, and a rain-affected no-result in their recent matchup against Sydney Sixers. A victory in the upcoming match won’t just boost the morale of the former champions, but it would help them better their head-to-head numbers against the Stars, who have earlier dominated on 7 occasions in 10 encounters at this venue.
Fixture Name: Match 33, Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades
Competition: Big Bash League T20
Date: 3 January
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
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The wicket at MCG has helped the batters in the two matches contested this season, with both games witnessing scores of 160+ being recorded in each of the innings. The clear skies are likely to aid the batters, one must remember that both Renegades and Stars have some of their bowlers in hot-form that could get them the desired breakthrough.
Team Form Guide:
STA (recent last): L NR W L L
REN (recent last): NR L L L L L
It is unlikely that Stars will make any changes to their playing XI. Glenn Maxwell will lead the side. Joe Clarke will don the wicket-keeper’s gloves. A lot would depend on the top-order trio of Glenn Maxwell, Joe Clarke, and Tom Rogers, and a decent-scoring Hilton Cartwright at No. 4 to get the side to a competitive total. In the bowling department, pacer Haris Rauf bagged a couple of scalps in the last outing and along with Qais Ahmad and his spin colleague Tom O’Connell, the trio could share the wicket-taking tallies in the derby matchup.
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Glenn Maxwell Stats in T20
Although the all-rounder has had few cold performances in the last three T20s, he comes as a must-pick for the experience of over 300 T20s that he brings into the line-up. The hard-hitter smashed a ton against the Sixers to take his run-tally to 181 runs in 7 innings while maintaining a strike rate of 140-plus. Bowling wise, he could grab a wicket or two to force momentum in his team’s favour.
Joe Clarke Stats in T20
The wicket-keeper batsman’s induction comes as a no-brainer taking into account his last three knocks in the tournament: 52, 85, and 52. A strike rate of over 150 in 97 T20s that he has played, gives a brief detail of his ability to go bonkers onto the opposition from the very moment.
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The Renegades have announced an 18-man unit for the Melbourne-derby. Nic Maddinson is back in the line-up and will captain the Renegades. Sam Harper will be continuing his wicket-keeping duties. Shaun Marsh would be playing his first match in BBL 11. Though Pacer James Pattinson has been added to the squad, he would have to clear the PCR test ahead of the game. Batter James Seymour is still in the squad as a replacement for the injured Cameron Boyce.
Mackenzie Harvey Stats in T20
The southpaw has had a few outbursts in BBL 11, with a top score of 71* against the Brisbane Heat, and knocks of 56 and 45 against Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers respectively. He currently tops the batting charts for the Renegades in BBL 11, with 191 runs in 6 innings at an average of 38.20 and a strike rate of 121.65.
Shaun Marsh Stats vs Melbourne Stars
He has been one of prolific run-getters in the power-packed tournament. Marsh has recovered post the calf injury and since he has enjoyed batting against the Stars in the BBL, he could be backed to come up with decent show at MCG.
Both Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades have been struggling with form, more so the latter, who are yet to taste their second win of the season. Though Stars had an expensive outing against Scorchers on Sunday, wherein they conceded 180-run and got bowled for 130, they have a balance in their batting and bowling departments which could help them garner a victory over the Renegades. For the Men in Red, barring the recently rain-abandoned match against the Sixers, their line-up has suffered majestically in their last two matches owing to a below-par exhibition from their middle-order. Though they have added veteran Shaun Marsh to their side, it would still take an all-round effort to pull off a win at MCG. According to the STA vs REN today match prediction & Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades cricket betting tips, Melbourne Renegades are expected to win this match.
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WICKET-KEEPERS: Sam Harper, Joe Clarke
BATSMEN: Mackenzie Harvey, Hilton Cartwright, Shaun Marsh
ALL-ROUNDERS: Glenn Maxwell
BOWLERS: Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Qais Ahmad, Haris Rauf, Brody Couch
For Small League, Head-to-Head contests: Joe Clarke, Mackenzie Harvey.
For Grand League: Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh.
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