Big Bash League 2022-23: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder – Match 7 Preview and Updates

The Big Bash League just delivered one of the most absurd moments in cricket history, as Sydney Thunder were bowled out for 15 runs against Adelaide Strikers – the lowest total in senior T20 cricket. The most shocking performance has dropped Sydney Thunder to fourth place with one win and one loss and a terrible net run rate of -3.075. Their next match is against the Melbourne Renegades, and it remains to be seen whether Sydney will be able to recover in time to get back on track.

The 7th Match between Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder will take place on December 18th, 2022 at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne.

Match Details to Note

Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, 7th Match, Big Bash League 2022-23

Date: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)                                            

Time: 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder

Melbourne Renegades (Match Odds – 1.85):


The Melbourne Renegades began their season with a commanding 22-run victory over the Brisbane Heat. After being asked to bat first, the Renegades scored 166-7 and then held Brisbane to 144-6.

Nic Maddinson took the lead from the start, scoring 87 off 49 balls. While the middle order struggled, West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell came through with a crucial cameo of 35 off 28 balls. He was also effective with the ball, taking 1-26 in three overs. Russell will be with Melbourne for three more games and will be crucial to their chances.

Melbourne’s bowling is their strongest suit, as evidenced by their performance in the previous match. The opposition’s back was broken by Akeal Hosein’s fantastic spell of 3-15 from 4 overs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was miserly as an over inside the Powerplay, and Kane Richardson kept the pressure on with consistent lines and lengths in the middle overs.

Full Squad:

Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Akeal Hosein, Liam Livingstone (withdrawn), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Nic Maddinson (c), Shaun Marsh, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Will Sutherland, Jon Wells, Jack Prestwidge, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Marcus Harris, Andre Russell (replacing Liam Livingstone, first four matches only), Martin Guptill (replacing Liam Livingstone, 10 group matches and finals), Corey Rocchiccioli, Peter Handscomb

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Possible Playing XI:

Aaron Finch, Nic Maddinson (c), Sam Harper (wk), Jake Fraser McGurk, Jonathan Wells, Andre Russell, Akeal Hosein, Will Sutherland, Tom Rogers, Kane Richardson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Sydney Thunder (Match Odds – 1.95):


It’s difficult to explain what happened to Sydney Thunder the other night. In any level of the game, 15 all out is unacceptable. Chasing a total of 140 against Adelaide Strikers on a slowish wicket, Sydney kept losing wickets at breakneck speed and were bundled out in just 5.5 overs. This thrashing would have severely harmed the team, and it would take something special for them to get back on track.

Sydney has some strong batters in their lineup, and the onus is now on Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, and skipper Jason Sangha to deliver in the next game.

Sydney’s bowling attack is formidable. Fazalhaq Farooqi and Gurinder Sandhu have taken 5 and 4 wickets in the two matches so far and have looked fantastic. Daniel Sams has also taken wickets, with an economy rate of just 5.50. The team also has a reliable spin option in Chris Green, who has 53 wickets in the BBL at an economy of 7.35.

Full Squad:

Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Rilee Rossouw, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha (c), Tanveer Sangha, David Warner, David Willey (withdrawn), Fazalhaq Farooqi (replacing David Willey, first nine matches only), Ben Cutting, Usman Qadir, Gurinder Sandhu, Sam Whiteman

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Possible Playing XI:

Alex Hales, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Jason Sangha (c), Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Oliver Davies, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Brendan Doggett

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Head to Head

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Head to Head Stats in BBL

Matches Played MLR Won SYT Won Tie NR
Overall 15 9 6 0 0

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Toss Prediction

Because the wicket is likely to be fresh and hard, the team that wins the toss will bat first.

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Pitch Report

So far, no International T20s have been played at Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium. Batting first, the average score is 160, and the highest total posted here is 222-4 by the Melbourne Renegades. The team batting first in the match should aim for a total of 185-190 runs.

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The Docklands Stadium pitch is usually good for batting because the ball comes on nicely to the bat. The pitching remains consistent throughout the 40 overs, which is good news for batters. Spin bowlers will benefit as the ball softens, while seamers should buy all the way through.

The weather in Melbourne is expected to be breezy and cool on game day.

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Prediction

The Sydney Thunder have won four straight games against the Melbourne Renegades. Will they be able to extend their winning streak despite their performance in the previous match? If their batting comes together, they can. However, defeating the Renegades on their home turf will be difficult. Furthermore, their bowling is in excellent condition, and the power of Andre Russell could tip the scales in their favour. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Melbourne Renegades is the favourite to beat Sydney Thunder at the odds of 1.85.

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Aaron Finch bats in the middle of the order, which allows him to avoid the treat of facing a moving ball. He has the potential to be a dangerous player against a bowling attack like Thunder.

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