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ST vs MR, Match 47, BBL 2022/23 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades, (ST vs MR, Match 47, BBL 2022/23)

Date: January 19, 2022 – 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra

Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades will battle it out in match no. 47 of the Big Bash League 2022-23. The two teams will meet in this crucial fixture at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Thursday, January 19th.

Sydney Thunder are coming off three straight losses and need to get back on the winning track to stay in the playoffs race. They have 10 points from 11 matches, having won five and lost six. The Thunder suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Hobart Hurricanes in the most recent fixture.

Their batting unit failed yet again as they were skittled out for just 135. Oliver Davies was the only batter who looked good with 45 off 38. Sydney Thunder had some hopes of victory, having reduced the opponents to 20 for 3. But they had no answers to Tim David. Daniel Sams snared 4 for 18 in his four overs but found no support.

Melbourne Renegades are well positioned for the playoffs, having won six of their 11 matches. They have 12 points to their credit with a net run-rate of 0.010. The Renegades are coming off a six-run victory over the Stars in the derby out of nowhere.

Chasing 163, the Stars needed 54 in 51 balls at one point with eight wickets in hand when the Renegades forced their way back in the game. Kane Richardson picked 2 for 17 while Tom Rogers picked two wickets at the back end. Earlier, Sam Harper smashed 51 off 34 with Jonathan Wells adding 44 off 24 to help the Renegades post 162/7.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for ST vs MR, Match 47, BBL 2022/23

Manuka Oval in Canberra has produced good batting surfaces over the years. The venue has hosted 20 domestic T20s with the average first innings score of 166. Chasing seems to be a better option here, with 13 out of 20 matches being won by the team batting second.

The weather doesn’t look promising in Canberra on Thursday as there’s a shower or two expected in the afternoon. The forecast suggests it should get cleared by evening with the chance of precipitation dropping down from 55% to 6%.

Sydney Thunder – Expected XI and Team News

Sydney Thunder will hope for a big performance from David Warner, who has had two quiet games on his BBL return. Sam Whiteman hasn’t grabbed his chances at no. 3 and could be replaced by Joel Davies. The rest of the playing XI should remain unchanged.

Probable XI – Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Sam Whiteman, Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Usman Qadir, Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett

Melbourne Renegades – Expected XI and Team News

Melbourne Renegades need better returns from their experienced pair of Aaron Finch and Martin Guptill. Jonathan Wells finding form was good news for them. The bowling attack has Kane Richardson and Tom Rogers in good form.

Probable XI – Jake Fraser McGurk, Martin Guptill, Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Jonathan Wells, Matthew Critchley, Will Sutherland, Ruwantha Kellepotha, Tom Rogers, Kane Richardson, Fawad Ahmed

Head to head record of ST vs MR

Total Encounters – 16

Sydney Thunder Won – 6

Melbourne Renegades Won – 10

Sydney Thunder lead the last five encounters by 4-1.

Best Captaincy Picks for the ST vs MR match

Oliver Davies: Batter, Sydney Thunder

Oliver Davies has been the best batter for Sydney Thunder. He has scored 323 runs in the season at an average of 36 while striking at 142. Davies has registered three fifties and is coming off a 45-run knock. He remains a top C/VC option for this game. 

Sam Harper: Batter, Melbourne Renegades

Sam Harper has been magnificent in the last three games, starting with an unbeaten 89 off 48 against the Hurricanes. He followed it up with 63 off 36 against Adelaide and 36-ball 51 versus the Stars. With his form, Harper is a good captaincy choice.

Daniel Sams: All-rounder, Sydney Thunder

The left arm seamer is coming off an excellent 4 for 18 in a losing cause against Hobart. He has snared 15 wickets in the season at a strike rate of 12.3. Sams has only scored 66 runs but could be great value if he comes off.

Top Differential Picks

Alex Ross: Batter, Sydney Thunder

Alex Ross has scored 196 runs in the season at an average of 25 and strike rate of 139, with high score of 41*. He’s picked by 10% of the fantasy teams and can be a good differential pick.

Jonathan Wells: Batter, Melbourne Renegades

Jonathan Wells found some form in the previous game, smashing 44 off 24. He has an excellent record in the format with over 2900 runs at an average of 33 with 16 fifties. Wells is picked by 31% of the MPL teams.

MPL Fantasy XI

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For those in India, you can watch Australia’s Big Bash League on Sony Sports Network. Watch the Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades match on Sony Sports 5 at 1:45 PM on Thursday. You can also catch the action live on online streaming platform Sony LIV. 

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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