The 20th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
The match starts at 01:40 PM IST (08:10 AM GMT) (7:10 PM Local). This match can be watched live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Melbourne Renegades are the defending champions but they are not playing one so far in the ongoing BBL season. The Aaron Finch-led side has lost all its four matches so far and will have to pull up their socks soon. Time is running out for them even as the franchise will lose its skipper when Australia will tour India for around a week in the third week of January.
The Renegades though have a decent record playing at home and should back themselves to get on the board. However, Sydney Sixers won’t make it easy a bit for them. They are coming off a win in the super over against the Sydney Thunder. Their batsmen should be consistent enough and with three wins in five matches, the team has to keep the winning habit going to make it to the four.
The weather is absolutely perfect in Melbourne on Thursday for a cricket match to take place. There is no rain in the forecast whatsoever while the temperature is expected to hover around 22-24 Degrees Celsius according to AccuWeather.
The surface at the Docklands stadium lived up to its reputation in the game between the Renegades and the Strikers. A total of 155 was defended easily and the trend is expected to continue for this match as well. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first again.
Average first innings score: 155 (Only match played this season so far)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 0; Lost – 1
Average first innings score last BBL season at the venue in seven matches was 124
Injury and Availability News:
Harry Gurney has returned to England for a brief period to attend his brother’s wedding. The Melbourne Renegades have included the left-arm spinner Tom Andrews as his replacement in the 13-man squad.
Sean Abbott has been ruled out of a few games with a moderate side strain. Hayden Kerr has also been dropped from the Sydney Sixers side for this game. Steve O’Keefe and Mickey Edwards have replaced the duo.
James Vince has been cleared of any structural damage to his left elbow. He will most likely play against the Renegades.
Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy
Sam Harper (WK), Aaron Finch (C), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Beau Webster, Daniel Christian, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Richard Gleeson, Joe Mennie/Tom Andrews.
Bench – Joe Mennie/Tom Andrews, Tom Cooper
James Vince, Josh Phillipe (WK), Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (C), Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshius, Steve O’ Keefe, Lloyd Pope, Jackson Bird.
Bench – Ben Manenti, Mickey Edwards
Aaron Finch, without an iota of doubt, has to be your top pick. He is coming off a scintillating half-century in the previous game at the same venue. Kane Richardson has made a habit of picking wickets in almost every match while Cameron Boyce is also a decent pick.
James Vince, Phillipe and Tom Curran are must in your Dream11 Fantasy team from the Sixers team. The trio is expected to earn a lot of points. Vince is not a surety to play but if he plays, he should be picked. Either Dwarshius or O’ Keefe will also make a difference with the ball.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Aaron Finch, Josh Phillipe, James Vince (if plays)
Vice-Captain Options: Tom Curran, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Josh Phillipe, Sam Harper
Batsmen – James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Aaron Finch (C), Beau Webster
All-rounders – Tom Curran (VC)
Bowlers – Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshius, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Josh Phillipe (C), Sam Harper
Batsmen – James Vince, Jordan Silk, Shaun Marsh (VC), Aaron Finch
All-rounders – Moises Henriques, Tom Curran
Bowlers – Lloyd Pope, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce
Sean Abbott has been injured and ruled out. But 83% of the users have selected him in the team so far. Do not pick him in the team at any cost.
Vince is a good option to be made C or VC of Grand League if he plays.
Melbourne Renegades are expected to win this match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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