There is not much that differentiates the two teams and it would be down to which team plays better on the given night that will end on the right side of the line. However, what will be in the favour of Melbourne Renegades is that they will be playing at their home ground at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
The Sixers were earlier slotted at the second place but after their batting collapsed for just 74 in the 14th over in the last match of the league stage, they fell to the third spot and hence lost the home advantage.
Melbourne Renegades have been hit by the unavailability of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi who has joined the national team for the series against Ireland. The Renegades batting has been disappointing through the tournament. A statistic that defines that perfectly is that only three of their batsmen have scored half-centuries till now.
Dane Christian has been a vital cog for the team with his all-round performances while Kane Richardson has lead the way in the bowling department with 24 wickets from 12 matches.
Sydney Sixers will miss the all-round abilities of Tom Curran who has joined the England ODI squad for the series against Windies. Daniel Hughes, James Vince and Josh Philippe will be the leading batters for the side. With the ball, Sean Abbott, Steve O'Keefe would be the major threats for the Renegades batters.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Melbourne Renegades- Mackenzie Harvey, Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Beau Webster, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney, Chris Tremain
Sydney Sixers- Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve OKeefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope, Ben Manenti, Mickey Edwards
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Melbourne Renegades
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Daniel Hughes (Sydney Sixers), Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sean Abbott (Sydney Sixers), Dan Christian (Melbourne Renegades)
Most Sixes – Moises Henriques (Sydney Sixers), Mohammad Nabi (Melbourne Renegades)
Team Scores Batting First – Sydney Sixers 150+, Melbourne Renegades 165+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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