The Big Bash League(BBL) 2023-24 league is scheduled to end on 17th January at the Sydney Showground Stadium where the Sydney Thunder will host the Melbourne Renegades. These two teams might not get a chance to make it to the playoffs, but that doesn't mean that we still can’t expect another cracker of a contest going into the last game. These two teams might have one of the most disappointing seasons in the tournament. They have faced more defeat than victory, but they will still want to end this season with one great match. This will help in deciding the position in also be the battle for the last position as well, as no team would want to finish the tournament at the bottom of the table even after a terrible season that they have experienced.
Sydney Thunder have now lost 5 games in their last 6 matches and are right now at the bottom of the table going into this game. Chris Green and his men have not lived up to the expectations even after having one of the most dangerous squads which include the likes of Alex Hales, David Warner and Daniel Sams. With 7 losses, 1 washout and only 1 win in their 9 games, they will want to finish on a positive note in the competition. Playing at home will give them some confidence going into this and finally break their losing streak in their final game.
The Melbourne Renegades have weirdly had one of the worst seasons they could possibly have. The Renegades did not look in a bad state with experienced players like Shaun Marsh and Adam Zampa on their side along with the young talented players in Jake Fraser- McGurk and young talented skipper Will Sutherland. The only problem of the team has been that they have not been able to perform in the crucial stages of the game and have not been great under pressure. With only 2 wins, 6 losses and 1 washout in their 9 matches, they can only look to win their final game and stay away from the last spot.
THU vs REN - Match details
Match -Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades, BBL 2023/24, Match 40
Date and Time – 17th January 2024, 1:45 PM IST
Venue – Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
Live Coverage Details – Star Sports India (HD and SD Channels), Disney Hotstar (OTT)
THU vs REN - Likely pitch conditions
The Sydney Showground Stadium this season has been one of the low-scoring grounds in this BBL season so far. The overcast conditions in the ground made it difficult for the batters to get going in the matches. The average score at this venue is also under 140 which tells us that it has been a really big struggle for the teams to set big totals. Even under lights, the team chasing has faced a lot of problems. The best decision for the team will be to bat first and set a total over 160 for the bowlers to have something to defend in the second innings.
THU vs REN - Likely playing XI
David Warner, Alex Hales, Cameron Bancroft, Oliver Davies, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Matthew Gilkes, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Liam Hatcher, Tanveer Sangha.
Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Jordan Cox, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Akeal Hosein, Tom Rogers, Fergus O Neill, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.
Dream 11 Fantasy Teams
Grand League Team
Wicketkeepers: Quinton De Kock, Cameron Bancroft(c)
Batters: Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Alex hales(vc)
All-Rounders: Chris Green, Will Sutherland, Daniel Sams
Bowlers: Akeal Hosein, Tom Rogers
Wicketkeepers: Quinton De Kock, Cameron Bancroft (VC)
Batters: Shaun Marsh, David Warner(c), Alex Hales, Jake Fraser- McGurk
All-Rounders: Will Sutherland, Daniel Sams
Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Akeal Hosein, Tanveer Sangha