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Men’s BBL 2022: MS vs MR Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades (MS vs MR)

Date: January 3, Tuesday, 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Melbourne Stars will be locking horns with Melbourne Renegades in Match 27 of the Big Bash League 2022 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday, January 3. Both the teams are currently struggling to keep themselves afloat in the tournament and will need to win the next game to stand a chance to make it to the knockouts.

Stars are languishing at the sixth position on the points table, having won just two out of their six matches and subsequently being left with four points and a net run rate of -0.379. However, head into the contest against Renegades on the back of an eight-run win over Adelaide Strikers in their previous fixture, which will boost their confidence.

Renegades, on the other hand, have also not been too consistent this season, but occupy the fifth position on the table with three victories from the seven matches and a net run rate of -0.232. They come into this game on the back of a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Perth Scorchers.

In the previous six matches between the two teams, Melbourne Stars have come out on top on four occasions and will be looking to maintain the good record.

Ahead of the 27th game of BBL 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for MS vs MR, BBL 2022

The pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground looks good for batting but the pacers might play a key role as the game progresses. The average first innings score in the last five T20 matches played on this ground is 171 runs. Overall, a total of 22 T20Is have been played at this venue, of which 12 have been won by the teams bowling first.

The average first innings score is 143, while the average second innings score is 128. The highest and lowest T20 total recorded at this venue is 186 for 5 and 74 for 10.

The weather in Melbourne will be mostly sunny and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 17 to 20 degrees.

Melbourne Renegades team news and predicted XI

Team news: Maddinson will not be returning to play this season after suffering ACL rupture. Peter Handscomb, meanwhile, has to make way for Aaron Finch, who will be playing his first game back as captain. Jake Fraser-McGurk and Jack Prestwidge have also been added to Renegades’ squad.

Squad: Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Akeal Hosein, Liam Livingstone, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Nic Maddinson (c), Shaun Marsh, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Will Sutherland, Jon Wells, Jack Prestwidge, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Marcus Harris, Andre Russell, Martin Guptill, Corey Rocchiccioli, Peter Handscomb

Predicted XI: Martin Guptill, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Jon Wells, Mackenzie Harvey, Will Sutherland, Akeal Hosein, Tom Rogers, Kane Williamson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Melbourne Stars team news and predicted XI

Team news: Melbourne Stars have named Adam Zampa as the captain this season. Zampa has replaced an injured Glenn Maxwell. Trent Boult has also been named in the squad but he will be leaving the tournament after playing a few games, to take part in another tournament.

Squad: Trent Boult, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Luke Wood, Adam Zampa, Campbell Kellaway, Tom O’Connell, Sam Elliott, Cam McClure

Predicted XI: Joe Clarke, Tom Rogers, Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, Luke Wood, Trent Boult, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa

Head to head record

Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades have played a total of 20 matches in the BBL. Out of the 20 matches, Melbourne Stars have won 14 matches, while the Renegades have won 6 matches.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI MS vs MR, BBL 2022

Aaron Finch – batsman, Melbourne Renegades

Aaron Finch is the leading run-scorer for the Renegades with 236 runs in seven matches at an average of 47.2 and a strike rate of 112.91, including two half-centuries.

Will Sutherland – bowler, Melbourne Renegades

Will Sutherland has contributed not just with the ball but with the bat too. He has taken four wickets in his last three outings and will be looking to carry the same form into the next game. Sutherland has made 81 runs in seven innings and has taken four wickets this season so far.

Luke Wood – bowler, Melbourne Stars

Luke Wood is the leading wicket-taker for the Stars \with 11 wickets in six matches at an average of 18.81, an economy of 8.8, and a strike rate of 12.8.

Joe Clarke – wicketkeeper batsman, Melbourne Stars

Wicketkeeper batsman Joe Clarke is one of the players who may be able to help you score maximum points in your fantasy game. He is the leading run-scorer for the Stars with 232 runs in six matches at an average of 46.4 and a strike rate of 134.88. He is also, so far, the only batsman of the season who has scored a century.

Beau Webster – all-rounder, Melbourne Stars

He has made 152 runs in six innings so far at an average of 25.33 and a strike rate of 123.57. With the ball, Webster has taken four wickets and will be looking to add to the tally in the next game.

MPL fantasy XI – MS vs MR, BBL 2022

MS vs MR – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades game at the BBL 2022 will televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 1.45 PM IST on January 3.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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