The 30th game of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
The match starts at 07:10 PM local time (08:10 AM GMT) (01:40 PM IST). This match will be live on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:
It is time for the second round of the Melbourne derby for the 2019-20 BBL season, with the defending champions, the Renegades hoping to pull one back on their counterparts, Stars.
With seven losses in as many fixtures, the wheels have started to come off Renegades’ campaign, and they would be desperate to turn around their fortunes on Thursday. The Renegades come into this game on the back of a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Perth Scorchers after they failed to defend their total of 175 thanks to whirlwind half-centuries from Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone.
The Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, are at the top of the pile with six wins in seven games. They come into this game on the back of a six-wicket win over Sydney Thunder with Haris Rauf claiming a hattrick that helped his side reduce Thunder to 5-145- a target which was chased down with ease thanks to half-centuries from Marcus Stoinis  and skipper Glenn Maxwell [59* off 37 balls].
Unfortunately, the news is not so pleasant as far as the weather forecast in Melbourne on Friday is concerned. According to the weather report, it is expected to be an overcast day in Melbourne on Friday with the chances of rain ranging from 60-100 percent. The temperature is expected to fluctuate between 16 and 21 degrees Celsius while the humidity is set to be around 59%.
In the two games played at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, the pitch has tended to aid the spin bowlers with the likes of Rashid Khan ruling the roost. But, with rain expected to have its say on Friday, the fast bowlers can also come into the picture, making batting difficult for both sides.
Average first innings score:– 154 [In the two games played at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
Melbourne Renegades will be with a new leader in the form of Dan Christian, who takes over the reins from Aaron Finch, who has left for International duties.
Apart from Finch, Kane Richardson will also not be available as he makes his trip to India for the ODI series.
Tom Cooper, Joe Mennie, Luke Robins, and Jack Wildermuth have been added to the squad in place of Finch, Richardson, Andrew Fekete, and Tom Andrews.
As for the Melbourne Stars, Nic Maddinson will miss Friday’s derby due to an injury while Adam Zampa and Peter Handscomb are unavailable because of national duties. Seb Gotch, Lance Morris, and Sam Elliot have been added to the 13-member squad.
Probable Playing XIs:
Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (wk), Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster, Daniel Christian (C), Samit Patel, Will Sutherland, Tom Cooper, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Richard Gleeson
Bench: Luke Robbins, Jack Wildermuth
Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (C), Seb Gotch(wk), Ben Dunk, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sandeep Lamichhane, Daniel Worrall, Clint Hinchliffe, Haris Rauf
Bench – Lance Morris, Sam Elliot
Melbourne Renegades- In the absence of Aaron Finch, the onus will be on Beau Webster [236 runs at 78.6], Shaun Marsh [235 runs at 33.57] and Sam Harper [195 runs at 27.8] to lead the batting unit, while the onus of leading the bowling will be on Cameron Boyce [5 wickets].
Melbourne Stars- The trio of Marcus Stoinis [331 runs at 66.20], who has stroked three back-to-back half-centuries, skipper Glenn Maxwell [228 runs at 57] and Nick Larkin will once again be the key to their fortunes.
Haris Rauf continued to impress in his maiden BBL season when he claimed a hat-trick in the last game against Thunder. The tearaway fast bowler has already claimed 13 wickets in four games at an average of 7.23, and he, along with the duo of Sandeep Lamichhane [6 wickets at 24.5] and Nathan Coulter-Nile will lead the bowling unit.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Beau Webster, Haris Rauf
Vice-Captain – Shaun Marsh, Nick Larkin, Daniel Christian
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sam Harper
Batters – Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster, Ben Dunk, Nick Larkin
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis (C)
Bowlers – Cameron Boyce, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf (VC)
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sam Harper
Batters – Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster (VC), Ben Dunk, Marcus Harris
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell (C), Dan Christian, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers – Cameron Boyce, Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf
Nick Larkin is an exciting player and can get going from the word go. If he clicks, the Stars’ batsman has the ability to play a big innings. He could turn out to be a surprise pick for this match. Make him captain of your Grand League team.
Melbourne Stars is expected to come out as the winners.
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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