Date & Time: Friday, January 10, 13:40 IST
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Stars eager to take full advantage of the depleted Renegades
Last year’s finalists once again face off this season‘s toppers, as Renegades hosts Stars this time around at Dockrell Stadium in Melbourne. Both these sides are going through contrasting forms in the season. The Stars are at the top of the table with 6 wins from 7 matches played. On the other hand, the Renegades are yet to register a win in the tournament. Adding to their present form, now the absence of A Finch and K Richardson has depleted the side even more. One more loss here will certainly knock them out of the season. On the other hand, one more win for Stars will take them close for a spot in the playoffs.
Haris Rauf, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are the 3 top-rated players of the match. Rauf leads the charts with a PPM of 80 in the tour, followed by Stonis and Maxwell with 62 & 61 respectively. The Renegades may not have won a game thus far but there are a few consistent performers from them too. Beau Webster, Shaun Marsh, and Sam Harper all have a PPM above 40 in the tour.
There are quite a few changes in both the teams as few players left out for international duties and few recovering from injuries.
Melbourne Stars possible XI
Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell(c), Peter Handscomb(w), Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane, Clint Hinchliffe.
Melbourne Renegades possible XI
Marcus Harris, Sam Harper(w), Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Samit Patel, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Richard Gleeson, Joe Mennie
The surface in Docklands Stadium in Melbourne has produced sporting games historically. In two matches played in the season, it was no different. Spinners have done well more than pacers at the venue.
Whenever he got an opportunity to bat he made the most use of it, whether it is scoring cameos in the death or building an innings for after an early collapse. Adding to it, he has also chipped in with few overs whenever the team needed. His ability to play unorthodox shots at any stage of the game makes him a perfect fit for a T20 finisher. He has a PPM of 48 and an MDTA of 1.75 in the tour.
In the absence of Finch, he has to take sole responsibility at the top of the order. In the last five games played in the tour, he has scored three 30+ scores. He has a PPM of 44 and an MDTA of 1.4 in the tour.
The Pakistani pacer has lit up the Stars bowling unit on fire by picking wickets on a consistent basis. In the four matches played in the tour, he has taken 3 wickets in every match. He has a PPM of 90 and MDTA of 1 on the tour.
He has given good starts in almost every match played so far. He has already scored 4 half-centuries in the tour. Expect him to continue the good form in today’s match as well given his consistency at the venue and also against the opposition.