Melbourne Renegades take on Sydney Thunder in the 40th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2021-22 on Saturday at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. After making a poor start in the season, Melbourne Renegades have made a fantastic comeback.
They have won their last two matches, thanks to the superb batting display from their stalwarts, namely Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh. The Renegades are currently sitting at number five on the points table with 3 wins in 9 matches. Melbourne Renegades won their last two games and would be looking to continue the winning momentum.
The Renegades registered a comfortable 5-wicket win over Brisbane Heat. A combined bowling effort helped them restrict Brisbane Heat to only 128 runs in the first innings. Zahir Khan took the first two wickets in the form of Jack Clayton and Fakhar Zaman.
Nabi then picked two valuable wickets of Heazlett and Tom Cooper to leave them reeling at 80 for 4 in 13.4 overs. Kane Richardson picked the fifth wicket in the 16th over before getting rid of the danger man Jake Lehmann in the 19th over. Renegades kept taking wickets at short intervals and denied the opposition to form any momentum during their innings.
Melbourne Renegades, in pursuit of the total, lost Sam Harper early in the innings. However, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch then stitched a 96-run partnership to take the game away from Brisbane. Marsh scored a sensational 57-run knock off 35 balls, while Aaron Finch helped with 37 runs in 28 balls. Thanks to those vital contributions, Melbourne Renegades chased down the score in just 15 overs.
Facing them are Sydney Thunders, who are played exceptionally well and are currently sitting at number three on the points table. They have managed to register 6 wins in 9 matches. Sydney Thunders are coming into the game on the back of four consecutive wins.
In their last game, they restricted Perth Scorchers to just 133 runs in 20 overs. Gurinder Sandhu ran through the Scorchers’ batting unit as he picked four out of the top-six wickets in the batting unit for just 22 runs in his four overs. Saqib Mahmood also chipped in with 2 wickets to his name.
Sydney Thunder chased down the score in 17 overs. Mathew Gilkes and Alex Hales put on a 51-run partnership for the opening wicket. Gilkes played a brilliant 32-run knock off 23 balls, while Hales made 26 off 32 deliveries. Later, Jason Sangha played a vital 34-run knock off 26 balls to help the team chase down the score with ease.