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BBL 2018-19, Match 38: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

The teams have a chance of moving to the second position of the points table.

Shane Watson of the Thunder
Shane Watson of the Thunder. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

The Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Renegades are neck on neck and are placed in the middle of the points table. The Renegades, captained by Tom Cooper, lost their erstwhile match against the Melbourne Stars at the Docklands Stadium. On the contrary, Thunder was involved in a controversial affair against Brisbane Heat at the Gabba in Brisbane where the match had to be called off.

Both teams now have the chance of moving to the second point of the points table in this edition’s Big Bash League (BBL) when they face tomorrow at the Sydney Showground Stadium. The Renegades also need to take care of their Net Run Rate (-0.285), which is a tad on the lower side and may come into play later in the event. The Thunder are locked on four points with Adelaide Strikers and the Stars.

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Match Details:

The 38th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 will be played between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades at Sydney Showground Stadium.

The match starts at 7:15 PM local time (8:15 AM GMT) (1:45 PM IST).

The game will be live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India. Live streaming is available on Sony Liv.


Pitch Condition/Report:

The track has had something for everyone. Thus far the fast bowlers have picked up 24 wickets even as the spinners have notched 27 of them. Moreover, the four matches in this season’s BBL has churned out some high-scoring affairs. Batting first should be the way forward in the upcoming contest.

Average first innings score: 166 (Four matches this season)

Chasing teams’ record: Won – 0, Lost – 4 (Four matches this season)

Probable XI:

Sydney Thunder:

Shane Watson (C), Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Chris Jordan, Fawad Ahmed, Jono Cook, Gurinder Sandhu.

Bench – Arjun Nair, Sam Rainbird

In – Jason Sangha, Sam Rainbird

Out – Nathan McAndrew, Ryan Gibson

Note: Kurtis Patterson added to Australia Test squad. He was not available for the selection.

Melbourne Renegades:

Aaron Finch (C), Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper, Cameron White, Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney, Jon Holland.

Bench – Chris Tremain, Beau Webster

In – Beau Webster, Chris Tremain, Jon Holland

Out – Joe Mennie, Jack Wildermuth, Marcus Harris

Note: Marcus Harris joined the Australian Test squad.


Power Picks:

Jonathan Cook has picked up six wickets from seven matches at an economy rate of 6.69. In the three matches at the Showground Stadium, Cook picked up five wickets including three in the game against Brisbane Heat.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Shane Watson can be picked as captain or vice-captain due to his recent form. Daniel Sams, Mohammad Nabi and Anton Devcich can also be considered for the captain and vice-captain’s role.

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Sam Harper

Batters – Aaron Finch, Shane Watson (C), Callum Ferguson, Tom Cooper

All-Rounders – Anton Devcich, Daniel Sams (VC), Mohammad Nabi

Bowlers – Kane Richardson, Jonathan Cook, Chris Green

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Sam Harper

Batters – Shane Watson (VC), Tom Cooper, Cameron White, Callum Ferguson

All-Rounders – Daniel Sams, Anton Devcich (C), Daniel Christian

Bowlers – Chris Green, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordan


Expert Advice:

The all-rounder’s category consists of the likes of Nabi, Christian, Devcich and Sams. Christian has been excluded from the suggestions due to his poor recent performances. Moreover, he bats down the among the four players and hence may not be a useful pick.

Probable Winners:

The prediction is for the team, batting first to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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