BBL 2018-19 Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades 32nd Match Prediction. Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades will both be looking to get back to winning ways when they face off in the 2018/19 Big Bash League at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The match is scheduled for January 16 and the live action begins at 19:15 local time.
- Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades have both won four of their eight matches so far, but go into this game on the back of a defeat.
- Melbourne Renegades were dismissed for 91 in a 101-run defeat to Brisbane Heat last time out – their second score below 100 in this year’s competition, having only managed 99/9 the last time these teams met.
- Tom Curran took 3-18 in that match, after hitting 23* with the bat, and the English all-rounder has 11 wickets in total so far – two behind team-mate Steve O’Keefe, who is the joint-leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far.
Our Pick: Sydney Sixers
SYS vs MLR, BBL 2018-19: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Fox Sports, Sony Six, Sky Sport, BT Sport, SuperSport, Willow TV, Ten Sports, BeIN Sports
Live streaming: SonyLIV, FoxtelSports, SuperSport Live, Willow TV Online,
Bat Flip Prediction
Melbourne Renegades have won the bat flip quite often so far in this year’s tournament, and have elected to field whenever they have.
Sydney Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYS Team News
After Joe Denly’s England call-up, the Sydney Sixers have flown in fellow Englishman James Vince, who was in New Zealand playing for the Auckland Aces in the Super Smash. Vince and Jack Edwards both started against Perth Scorchers – Justin Avendano the other player to drop out – while Mickey Edwards, Jack’s brother, was an unused member of the squad after his first call-up this season. Nathan Lyon remains unavailable due to international duty.
SYS Key Players
Having scored 36 at the top of the order in the win against Perth Scorchers, Daniel Hughes is now the Sixers’ top run scorer this season. He has hit two half-centuries so far, with his last three innings bringing scores of 61, 24 and 36.
Jordan Silk has also passed 200 runs – he has 207 in total, while Moises Henriques is just behind on 188 after hitting 38 against Perth Scorchers.
Tom Curran actually tops the batting averages, thanks to a couple of red-inkers and a high score of 62 in the game against Sydney Thunder. The English all-rounder has also taken 11 wickets.
Steve O’Keefe is two ahead on 13, meanwhile – level with Rashid Khan at the top of this season’s Big Bash bowling charts. O’Keefe took 2-19 when these teams last met, whereas Curran hit 23 not out and took 3-18.
SYS Team Form
Sydney Sixers had won three of their previous four games before losing to Perth Scorchers last time out. That run of form actually started the last time they played Melbourne Renegades – who they restricted to 99/9 (Curran 3-18; O’Keefe 2-19) in reply to 132/7.
Moises Henriques then scored 57 from 37 balls as the Sixers beat Brisbane Heat by five wickets in reply to 164/7 – Curran having claimed another three wickets – though a five-wicket loss to Hobart Hurricanes, defending 161/8, halted their momentum.
Joe Denly signed off with an unbeaten 76 from 60 balls as the Sixers reached 152/4 with ten balls to spare in a six-wicket win against Adelaide Strikers but Cameron Bancroft was the star man as the Sixers failed to defend 177/5 last time out against the Perth Scorchers.
Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing 11
- Daniel Hughes, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
Kane Richardson has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, while Usman Shinwari has been called up for international duty with Pakistan. English bowler Harry Gurney has linked up with the Renegades as a result, while Joe Mennie has slotted in for Richardson. Cameron White has been an unused member of the 13-man squad in each of the last two games.
MLR Key Players
Sam Harper is the only Melbourne Renegades batsman to have hit a half-century so far in Big Bash League 2018-19
Dan Christian has contributed with bat and ball, meanwhile – hitting an unbeaten 49 against the Adelaide Strikers and picking up 2-24 with the ball in the most recent game against Brisbane. Likewise, Mohammad Nabi has a high score of 48 not out and has generally kept things tight with the ball.
Kane Richardson is their top wicket-taker with 11 so far, while Usman Shinwari has claimed eight. In their place, Cameron Boyce leads the way with seven in eight matches and a good economy rate of 6.34 runs per over, although the latter took a hit in the game against Brisbane last time out.
MLR Team Form
Melbourne Renegades bounced back from a run of three straight defeats, which started when the Sydney Sixers restricted them to 99/9 from 20 overs the last time these teams met, by winning two in a row. They go into this game on the back of a heavy defeat to Brisbane Heat, however.They got back to winning ways thanks to Aaron Finch’s brief return – he hit 42 from 39 balls before late hitting from Dan Christian and Mohammad Nabi lifted the Renegades to 150/4 and a final-over, six-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes.
In the first of two games against Brisbane, Melbourne Renegades were on top – Usman Shinwari claiming 3-16 with the ball before Sam Harper’s half-century helped them to their target of 144 with 26 balls to spare.
Brisbane got revenge last time out, however – posting 192/4 before dismissing the Renegades for 91 from 17.5 overs.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
- Marcus Harris, Matthew Harvey, Sam Harper, Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Harry Gurney
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SYS : L W L W W
MLR : L W W L L
SYS vs MLR Head to Head
Sydney Sixers’ victory in December was their fifth in eight previous games against Melbourne Renegades. Tom Curran was the star of the show, with 23 unbeaten runs and figures of 3-18 from his four overs as the Renegades were restricted to 99/9 chasing 133 to win.
They only met once last season, where it was roles reversed – Melbourne Renegades’ bowlers on top to restrict the Sixers to 111/8, as Dwayne Bravo claimed 3-29 and Mohammad Nabi 2-22. Aaron Finch hit 51 and Cameron White was 49 not out in reply, in an eight-wicket win.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Betting Odds
Sydney Sixers won the previous game between these two teams but are actually listed as underdogs, at a best price of 2.10 to win with Bet365 and 2.00 with Betfair. Betway are offering just 1.91, but all three have Melbourne Renegades at 1.80 to win.
It is with the ball where the game could be won, with neither side lighting the world up with the bat so far. Tom Curran, the star of the previous match between these two, is 3.75 with Bet365 to be the Sixers’ best bowler. Joint-leading wicket-taker for the tournament Steve O’Keefe is 4.50.
For the Renegades, Harry Gurney has joined up with the squad and he is a best price of 5.50 to be their best bowler as he looks to make an early impression.
Despite the general poor batting form, Daniel Hughes should not be overlooked – leading the Sixers’ batting charts this season. He is 3.75 with Betfair to be their top batsman.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction
Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades both go into this game looking to get back to winning ways. With the Renegades struggling too often for runs, however, the Sixers can beat them for the second time this season.