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Men’s BBL 2023: MR vs AS Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers (MR vs AS)

Date: January 24, Tuesday, 1.45 PM IST

Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

The Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers will lock horns in match No. 54 of the Big Bash League 2023 on Tuesday, January 24. The match will be played at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

The Strikers, led by Travis Head, are currently placed sixth in the points table with 10 points and a net run rate of -0.108. They have lost four matches in a row, which makes the next game a must-win for them. They come into this game on the back of a loss to Perth Scorchers in the previous game. Batting first, the Strikers put up a total of only 92 runs on board, with as many as seven of their batsman being dismissed on single digits. The only significant contribution came from Adam Hose, who scored 30 runs. In reply, the Scorchers chased down the target in 11.1 overs.

The Renegades, on the other hand, are fourth in the table with 12 points and a net run rate of -0.083. A win will ensure that they qualify for the next round. They come into this game on the back of a 10-run loss to the Scorchers. After being put in to bat first, the Scorchers scored a massive

212 on the back of Cameron Bancroft’s 95. In reply, Aaron Finch scored 76 off 35, but his knock came in a losing cause as the Renegades lost the game by 10 runs.

Ahead of the 54th 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 MR vs AS, BBL 2023

The pitch at the Docklands Stadium looks good for batting but also helps the fast bowlers. The teams batting second at this venue have secured more wins than those batting first in this BBL season.

The highest total in a T20 match at the Docklands Stadium is 223/8 made by Hobart Hurricanes against Melbourne Renegades in 2017. The lowest total, on the other hand, came in the 2014 season when Melbourne Renegades were bundled out for 57 runs.

The weather in Melbourne will be mostly sunny and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 17 to 21 degrees.

Adelaide Strikers team news and predicted XI

Team news: Strikers are without Ben Manenti, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with an ankle injury. They have also left out Thomas Kelly out of the squad, while Ryan Gibson has been added to the squad.

Squad: Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head, Adam Hose, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, Matt Short, Jake Weatherald, Henry Thorton, Peter Siddle, Ben Manenti, Jordan Buckingham

Predicted XI: Matthew Short, Travis Head, Alex Carey, Adam Hose, Ryan Gibson, Colin de Grandhomme, Cameron Boyce, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway, Peter Siddle

Melbourne Renegades team news and predicted XI

Team news: Kane Richardson is back in the Renegades’ squad after missing the previous match against Perth Scorchers with soreness. There is no other change to the squad.

Squad: Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Akeal Hosein, 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: Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Sam Harper, Aaron Finch, Jon Wells, Matt Critchley, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, David Moody, Corey Rocchiccioli

Head to head record

Adelaide Strikers have a strong record over Melbourne Renegades, leading the head to head 11-6.The last time the two teams met, the Strikers won by 20 runs.

Five players to watch out for

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

Matthew Short – all-rounder, Adelaide Strikers

Matthew Short is leading the scoring chart with 458 runs and has also taken 10 wickets. Although he was bowled out on a duck in the previous game, he still remains an excellent and safe pick for your fantasy team. In 66 T20s overall, Short has a batting average and strike rate of 24.29 and 136.39.

Aaron Finch – batsman, Melbourne Renegades

Aaron Finch played his 100th BBL game during his last outing against the Scorchers in which he smashed an unbeaten 75 off 35 in a losing cause. Finch is leading the scoring chart for the Renegades this season with 355 runs from 13 innings so far. Finch brings with him plenty of experience – he has played 103 T20Is and 380 other T20s.

Colin de Grandhomme – all-rounder, Adelaide Strikers

Colin de Grandhomme scored only 11 off 11 against the Scorchers in the last game but overall this season he has scored 224 runs and has also taken five wickets. In all, he has a batting average and strike rate of 23.35 and 156.74 in his T20 career of 243 matches.

Wes Agar – bowler, Adelaide Strikers

The right pacer bowled just one over and conceded six runs against the Scorchers in the last game but he is otherwise the top wicket taker for the Strikers this season with 17 wickets from 12 innings. In all, he has 66 wickets in 51 T20s.

Sam Harper – wicketkeeper batsman, Melbourne Renegades

When Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers met earlier this season, Sam Harper scored 63 off 36 and will be looking to produce a similar knock against the same opponents. Overall, the wicketkeeper batsman has scored 241 runs from ten innings this season and makes for a safe pick in your fantasy team.

MPL fantasy XI – MR vs AS, BBL 2023

Wicketkeepers: Sam Harper, Alex Carey

Batters: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Hose

All-rounders: Wes Sutherland, Colin de Grandhomme, Matthew Short

Bowlers: Thomas Rogers, Corey Rocchiccioli, Wes Agar

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

The Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers game at the BBL 2023 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 24.

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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