Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades: When the last time these two teams faced off at this stadium, Renegades bowled first and held the Sixers to 149 runs. But Ben Dwarshius commanded the Sixers’ bowling assault that dismissed MLR for 115 runs, turning what appeared to be an easy target into an impossible chase for the visitors.
Few players are left from the SYS bowling category this year. But they kept the backbone of this bowling attack even though they parted ways with a good number of players from the previous campaign.
The MLR team has also seen a lot of changes. Three all-rounders from the previous season, including Andre Russell, have been released. Quinton de Kock and Joe Clarke have taken the wicket-keeping positions from Peter Handscomb and Sam Harper, who were dismissed from the team. MLR has undergone some major changes and will be looking to strengthen their batting line-up.
The 2nd T20 match between Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades will take place on December 8th, 2023, at Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park.
Match Details to Note:
Match: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades, 2nd T20 match
Date: December 8th, 2023 (Friday)
Time: 01:45 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park.
In front of their home crowd, Moises Henriques’s team will take against the Melbourne Renegades at the SCG to start the 2023–24 BBL season. Even though they parted ways with Chris Jordan and Naveen-ul-Haq, they made a wise move by adding bowling all-rounder Tom Curran.
Curran will strengthen the Sixers’ bowling attack, which also includes important players like Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, and Ben Dwarshuis.
For the Sixers, Josh Philippe and James Vince it is expected to start the game. Kurtis Patterson and Philippe opened the previous season, with Vince ranking third. Patterson at the top can be a big gamble for the team. He is more comfortable in the middle order at number four.
In the first powerplay, James Vince can have a great knock. Another important player to keep an eye on in this team is Moises Henriques. He is a dependable batsman who will be crucial for crafting middle-overs partnerships.
Even without Daniel Christian this year, the bottom order will still be highly effective because of players like Tom Curran, Jordan Silk, and Hayden Kerr.
Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Joel Davies, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Todd Murphy, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, James Vince, Rehan Ahmed (withdrawn), Steve Smith, Izharulhaq Naveed, Mitch Perry.
Players to watch out for:
An important player to keep an eye on in this team is Moises Henriques. He is a dependable batsman who will be crucial for crafting middle-overs partnerships.
Curran is added to the side and he can be match-changing with both his batting and bowling abilities. He is highly experienced and will be the player to watch out for.
Possible Playing XI:
Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Todd Murphy
With a roster full of players who can change the course of the game on their own, the Melbourne Renegades will be backing their powerful unit. However, they lost both of their games against the Sydney Sixers the previous season.
They started the season strong, winning three straight games before dropping their next four, two of which were against the Sixers. Aaron Finch captained the team in the knockout game, forcing captain Nic Maddinson to sit out.
In that match, MLR was defeated by the Brisbane Heat. This season, Maddinson has a big job ahead of him. First of all, they haven’t performed well when facing Sydney opponents.
Even with a lethal roster that includes some of the most seasoned T20 players, the Renegades have struggled severely at the bat. They need to work on that, and it will also be difficult to assemble the best starting lineup for the captain because of the numerous roster changes this year.
Among the new MLR additions that need special attention are bowlers Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, and Adam Zampa. Leading the Adelaide Strikers, Siddle was a vital player for the team in terms of taking wickets.
Nic Maddinson, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, MacKenzie Harvey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Peter Siddle, Jon Wells, Will Sutherland, Adam Zampa, Quinton de Kock, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Joe Clarke, Harry Dixon.
Players to watch out for:
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock is in great shape, before the WC he decided to give up cricket but he has played fabulously since then. He had an awesome World Cup campaign and it is expected that he will shine in the BBL too.
Adam Zampa is another star from the recent World Cup, he was the second most wicket-taker in the tournament. He is will be the player to watch out for in the match.
Possible Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Nic Maddinson (c), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Joe Clarke, Kane Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Head-To-Head:
Sydney Sixers won 10 of the 15 games across the course of 10 years, while Melbourne Renegades won 5.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Toss Prediction:
The difference in victories between the team batting first and the team batting second on this field does not matter much. But given Sydney’s results here in the previous season, we believe that batting first would be the better plan of action.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Pitch Report:
This ground at the SCG is meant for batting, but it also gives the spinners a turn, so players like Zampa and Mujeeb will be crucial to the outcome of this match. The Sydney weather forecast for the day of the match reported for thunderstorms.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Match Report:
The Melbourne Renegades are not the same team that fell short of the Sixers twice in the previous season due to the addition of several key players. We anticipate a far closer match and stronger pushback from our visitors.
Renegades appear to tick all the appropriate boxes, thus they will have an advantage when it comes to bowling. Sydney Sixers, on the other hand, possess a strong record against MLR in addition to having a home advantage. According to our match prediction, the Sydney Sixers will win the game.
Sydney Sixers is predicted to win the match Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades at the odds of 1.62
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Most Recommended Player for Bet:
An important player to keep an eye on in this team is Moises Henriques. He is a dependable batsman who will be crucial for crafting middle-overs partnerships. He will be the player to bet for in the match.