Both teams seek a winning start
Its the second game of Big Bash League 4th edition and the first game was the perfect endorsement as the underdog thrashed last year’s table toppers.
The second match of the Big Bash League is between the inaugural season’s winner Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades. Let us take a look at the both the squads and the how they have fared in the previous editions.
Sydney Sixers :
They can be compared with the Rajasthan Royals of the IPL as they too, like Rajasthan Royals, maximize resources at their disposal. They won the inaugural edition of Big Bash League when no one expected them to win.
They are the consistent team in this tournament as twice in three tournaments they have ended up in the top four and hence the semis. In the group stages of the 1st edition they lost just the two games of the seven played. While in the 2nd season, which was their worst, they could manage just the three win of eight games and ended second to last. In the last year’s edition they bounced back by winning six games of the eight they played but in the semis lost the season’s winner Perth Scorchers by a paltry margin of five runs.
Let us take a look what they have done with their squads this time round :
Sydney Sixers Squad :
Sean Abbott, Trent Copeland, Benjamin Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Stephen O’Keefe, Jordan Silk, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Brett Lee, Moises Henriques, Ed Cowan
Some names from the squad might not be available for the game tomorrow like Brad Haddin, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon as they are busy playing for international side. Also Dwayne Smith is unlikely to join them because of his international commitments.
Talking about the openers, Nic Maddinson has been phenomenal for them in all the season with his clean striking and Michael Lumb, another clean striker of the ball, has provided the brisk starts. Nic Maddinson was the highest scorer for them in the last season scoring 211 runs of the 9 innings.
Moises Henriques will captain the side in the absence of Brad Haddin while the veteran Brett Lee, who plays only for Sydney Sixers now, would like to make the make this season special as this might be his last season in the competitive cricket. Apart from Lee the bowling department will be shared by Bollinger and Sean Abott.
Melbourne Renegades :
They have had a bit of topsy turvy Big bash league till now if we look at the past records. They finished second to last in the inaugural season winning just two out of seven games played. In the second season they ended top of the table winning seven out of eight games played but lost in the semis to the tournament winner Brisbane Heat. While in the last season they ended third to last winning just three of eight games.
Let us take a look at their thirteen man squad they have announced for the game.
Melbourne Renegades Squad :
Aaron Finch (C),Ben Rohrer (VC), Mathew Wade (wk), Tom Cooper, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Andrew Fekete, Nathan Rimmington, Peter Siddle, Callum Ferguson, Fawad Ahmed, Mathew Short, Nick Winter.
The side is boasted with the T20 specialists like Aaron Finch, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell. If anyone follows the domestic T20 leagues all round the world he would know what great form Andre Russell is in this season and thus is smart annexation by the Renegades. Tom Cooper is another batsman to look out for in this season.
Peter Siddle was cleared late to play for the side and Nathan Rimmington as wellFawad Ahmed will partner him in the bowling department.
The Pitch :
The pitch at Sydney Cricket Ground does not offer much bounce when compared to other pitches in Australia. If we take a look at some of the scores here in last season we get 166-200-153-179-193. Its a good to pitch to bat first and put runs on the board as we can see from the scores. In the five times teams batting first won three time while one game was tied and the remaining one was won by the team batting second.
The Odds :
These two teams have faced each other three times and Melbourne Renegades won two of them while Sydney Sixers won the one time.
Melbourne Renegades is 1.61 to win the match and as is comprehensible from their side the price is expected. But in T20s to back a side this low is not recommended, Game 1 is the perfect example, as most of the times the price will go higher and we recommend to back Renegades at higher price.