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MR vs ST, BBL 2021/22 – Fantasy Preview, and Top Picks

Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunders (BBL Match 41)

Date: January 8th – 12:35 PM IST

Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The match is being telecasted by Sony Sports Network. It can be watched on Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD. BBL will also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.

BBL Match 41, MR vs ST – What to Expect

In a tale of two contrasting teams where each of there are sitting in two hemispheres of the points table, this will be a contest of pride and at the same time this clash will be marking the grit, tenacity and willingness to continue the sport in the face of a raging pandemic. Third-placed Sydney Thunders will be colliding with fifth-placed Melbourne Renegades.

The Thunders have been in phenomenal touch so far, winning 6 out of their 9 encounters in the latest edition of the BBL. The Renegades have struggled vehemently but has posted resolute grit in the face of increasing Covid cases to continue the tournament with whatever resources they have had at their disposal. From the nine games that they have played so far, they have racked up three wins while losing five.

The Renegades managed to win their last fixture over Brisbane Heat in a comprehensive fashion that saw Shaun Marsh dictating terms emphatically with a firestorm from his bat. The Renegades opener, Aaron Finch was equally brilliant with the bat that made quick word of Brisbane Heat’s depleted total.

The Sydney Thunder obliterated Perth Scorchers with extreme prejudice as Gurinder Sadhu ran riot with a four-fer display. Jason Sangha and Matthew Gilkes were exceptional with the bat to school the runaway leaders in a rain-truncated contest.

Even though on papers, the Thunders will have an edge but the recent displays of Renegades make this a thrilling contest. A bowling-heavy Renegades will have their eyes set on an unpredictable Thunders batting lineup while keeping their own batting stable.

Pitch Report of MR vs ST

The track will be dry and will provide ample bounce to the express bowlers. The batters will face imperious challengers if the bowlers resort to the shorter balls. However, the balls will also be coming up to the bat which will make life a bit easy for the batsmen. The new ball can be vicious for the team batting first, especially with the hard surface that will provide pace and bounce to the cherry.

Melbourne Renegades – Expected XI and Team News

Melbourne Renegades have already announced their 14-man squad for the upcoming clash against the Thunders. Nic Maddinson will be leading the charge for the renewed lot that will depend heavily upon the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson and Will Sutherland to look after the bowling department. There will be batting concerns, however, given the hardness of the surface, this will be a decent opportunity for the Renegades to rack up a few crucial runs.

Melbourne Renegades Probable XI – Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Nic Maddinson (c), Will Sutherland, Mackenzie Harvey, James Seymour, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans, Zahir Khan

Sydney Thunder – Expected XI and Team News

The Thunder have also announced their 14-man squad for the imminent collision against the Renegades that has starred Chris Green as the skipper while he will be backed by ample firepower in Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales and Gurinder Sandhu. Sandhu belted out an absolute masterclass in the last game to derail the Scorchers and will continue being an imperative cog in the plans of Thunder.

Sydney Thunder probable playing XI – Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Alex Ross, Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Mohammad Hasnain

Head-to-head record of MR vs ST

Out of the 13 fixtures that this rivalry has seen amongst themselves, Melbourne Renegades hold a comprehensive sway over the Sydney Thunders with 9 wins. The remaining 4 has been won by the Sydney Thunder. The latest fixtures in the rivalry has been won by the Thunder that saw their bowlers running riots over the Renegades.

Total – 13

Melbourne Renegades – 9

Sydney Thunder – 4

Tied – 0

BBL Match 41: Five players to watch out

Shaun Marsh was in imperious touch in the last game that saw him hacking a rollicking 57 that propelled a convincing victory against Heat. More importantly, in the two games that he has played so far, he has peppered the bowlers at an overwhelming strike rate of 150.

Jason Sangha has played an imperative role in the cause of the Thunder’s uplifting performances in the latest edition of the tournament. He has garnered 273 runs at a fine average of 68.25 that has also been compounded by a haul of three wickets.

Nic Maddinson has been in intimidating shape so far as he has led the Renegades from the front with a display of 118 runs from the 6 matches that he has played and claimed 5 wickets in the tournament so far.

Daniel Sams can be a game-changer considering the trail of carnage that he has left so far with 13 scalps from 9 games. He is also a decent batter and can wreak havoc towards the lower end of the batting half. He has also managed to rack up 64 crucial runs with the bat.

Gurinder Sandhu recently racked up the record of becoming the sixth bowler in the history of the tournament to claim a hat-trick. He pulled off this herculean stunt against the table-toppers, Perth Scorchers. He has so far claimed 6 wickets at an economy rate of 6.52.

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams

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