Stars desperate to settle scores against Renegades in derby game
19th Match - Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars
7th January, Docklands, 19:10 local | 08:10 GMT
After losing their previous two games, Melbourne Stars will be desperate to get their Big Bash League campaign on track when they take on Melbourne Renegades in the 19th match of the tournament on a local derby clash at Docklands.
Even though Stars started the tournament with a lot of promise after resounding win against Hobart Hurricanes, their previous two defeats meant they are placed seventh in the table which tends to surprise you considering the quality of international players in the side.
In their previous game against Sydney Thunder, they were put to test on a slow pitch at Spotless Stadium where Glenn Maxwell and Luke Wright got them off to a blistering start following which Kevin Pietersen's 37-ball 60 provided them with a perfect platform but they lost their way after scoring just 20 runs in the final five overs.
Not to forget the game went all the way down the wire where Eoin Morgan plundered a last ball six to take Sydney Thunder home making Stars paying for their poor effort on the field. Apart from Wright, Maxwell and Pietersen, there have been no major contribution from the rest of the players and the fact that Rob Quiney, who started the tournament with a bang is sidelined with an injury did not help their cause either.
Renegades on the other are having a mixed tournament after winning two and losing a solitary game against Perth Scorchers. Cameron White and Aaron Finch have been the major contributors for the team with the bat while the rest of the players have been pretty ordinary.
Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg have lived up to their expectations but Tom Cooper has been very impressive after conceding just 17 runs in the four overs he bowled and picked two wickets as well. The return of James Pattinson will only strengthen the bowling attack further while they have opted for Thisara Perera as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo.
The last time these two teams met was during the 12th game of the tournament in front of a record 61,000 crowd at MCG where White's unbeaten 64 powered Renegades to 171 for four. In response the Stars fell short of the revised target by seven runs after they were tied down by Brad Hogg's three-wicket haul.
Melbourne Renegades: Aaron Finch (captain), Tom Beaton, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Nick Winter, Thisara Perera
Melbourne Stars: David Hussey (captain), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, John Hastings, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Triffitt, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa
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