THU vs REN Dream11: It’s the Boxing Day and Sydney Thunder is ready to face off against Melbourne Renegades in the 14th match of Big Bash this season. Both teams will look to make an impact on this big day. Sydney Thunder has made a decent comeback having won their last 2 games after losing their first match of the season. Their top order is yet to fire but skipper Callum Ferguson’s form has been a shining light for them. They will need a solid start from Khawaja and Hales at the top. Young Oliver Davies impressed with the bat in the last game which is also a good sign. The bowling looks to have variety with Adam Milne coming into the team. With Sams and Cutting to support him, Thunder form a lethal bowling attack.
Melbourne Renegades seemed to have a perfect start to their season and were looking dangerous but the losses in the last two games must have been worrying for them. The return of regular skipper Finch will give the side a boost as him along with Shaun Marsh form one of the best opening pairs this BBL. The middle order though, looks a little thin but Rossouw and Harper played well in the last game. With Mohammad Nabi in the eleven, they have the attacking bowling option in the middle overs. Lack of options in the death bowling may be a concern for them.
THU vs REN Dream11 match details
Fixture name: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades
Competition: Big Bash League 2020-21
Date: 26 December, 2020
Time: 12:40 PM IST
Ground: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Sydney Thunder 156/3 (19.3 overs) beat Perth Scorchers 152/5 by 7 wickets on December 22, 2020.
THU (recent last) W L L W W
REN (recent last) L W W L L
Points Table Standings: THU 5, REN 6
Pitch Report: The pitch in Canberra is known for big scores and is good for batting. Big scores have been chased down previously, so no score is safe here. Expect the pitch to be slightly better under the lights as the ball will come nicely onto the bat. The weather will be partly cloudy with thunderstorm expected in spots in the evening.
THU vs REN Playing 11
THU Team News
Injury update, unavailability- It is not yet clear whether Alex Ross has recovered from his thigh injury. All the other players are available for selection.
Expected team changes- Thunder are expected to go with the same team and continue their winning combination.
Khawaja and Hales will be the openers with skipper Ferguson at No.3.
Young Oliver Davies will retain his position in the middle order. Keeper Baxter Holt and Ben Cutting will be the other middle order options.
Daniel Sams and Adam Milne will be the frontline fast bowlers. Tanveer Sangha and Chris Green will be the spinners.
THU Playing 11 (probable)
C Ferguson (C)
B Holt (wk)
REN Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Aaron Finch will be available after missing the last match. All the other players in the squad are available too.
Expected team changes- With Finch expected to be an obvious starter in the eleven, MacKenzie Harvey is expected to make way for him.
Finch and Marsh will be the openers with wicketkeeper Sam Harper expected to retain his place at No.3.
Jake Fraser-McGurk will go back to the middle order after opening for one game in absence of Finch. Rossouw and Webster will be the other middle order options.
Nabi will be the all-rounder with Lalor and Richardson being the frontline new ball bowlers. Afghan teenager Noor Ahmad will be the frontline spinner.
REN Playing 11 (probable)
A Finch (C)
S Harper (wk)
THU vs REN Today Match Prediction: Who will win THU vs REN Dream11 match today?
Sydney Thunder will start the game as favorites having won their last two games. They have a good blend of youth and experience. Their strength has been their all-rounders who can change the course of the match at any situation and also provide them the perfect balance. Renegades have looked a little low in their confidence after the big loss against Sixers. They will be boosted with the return of skipper Aaron Finch and will look to bring their campaign back on track. Expect big totals on the board in the THU vs REN Today Match Prediction.
THU vs REN Dream11 Prediction, Captain & Differential Picks
A Hales- After having a decent start to his season, Hales has had 2 ducks so in last two games. He has gone a little out of favor for his national team. He is an experienced player and expect him to be among the runs.
T20 Career: Runs 7430, Avg. 29
Hales in BBL 10: Runs 46, Avg. 15.33
C Ferguson- One of the consistent run-scorers for his team, skipper Ferguson is having a good tournament so far. He is by far the top run-scorer for his team this season.
T20 Career: Runs 2927, Avg. 27
Ferguson in BBL 10: Runs 115, Avg. 57.5
D Sams- Sams is a genuine wicket-taking option with the new ball and also at the death. Along with his bowling, he has already won Thunder a game with his blistering hitting with the bat. His ability to make things happen with both bat and ball makes him a genuine pick in the THU vs REN Dream11 Prediction.
T20 Career: Runs 308, Wkts 58, Bowl Avg. 21
Sams in BBL 10: Runs 65, Bat Avg. 65, Wkts 5, Bowl Avg. 19
A Finch- The skipper is returning after missing the last one. He is a world-class T20 player and is extremely dangerous in the powerplay. He is also a good player of spin.
T20 Career: Runs 47, Avg. 23.5
Finch in BBL 10: Runs 9389, Avg. 35
R Rossouw- Renegades look a little inexperienced in their middle order and that makes Rossouw an important batsman at that position. He is a good player of spin and can play the big shots when needed.
T20 Career: Runs 5033, Avg. 29
Rossouw in BBL 10: Runs 76, Avg. 38
K Richardson- The fast bowler is a wicket-taker with the new ball and also has lots of variations. His slower balls are his genuine wicket taking options at the death.
T20 Career: Wkts 135, Bowl Avg. 23
Richardson in BBL 10: Wkts 5, Bowl Avg. 18
A Milne- Milne went wicketless in the last game but played an important role in Thunder’s win. He looked in good rhythm and can be a wicket taking option in this game.
T20 Career: Wkts 116, Bowl Avg. 22
M Nabi- Nabi is a world class all-rounder and would fit in most fantasy teams. He can score some crucial runs down the order at a good strike rate and is also a genuine wicket-taker with his offspin.
T20 Career: Runs 4132, Bat Avg. 23, Wkts 267, Bowl Avg. 23